Subject: Re: Need advice on troubleshooting wireless link
To: Michael D. Spence <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/04/2002 21:57:33
On Sun, Mar 03, 2002 at 10:02:30PM -0500, Michael D. Spence wrote:
> I've installed an Orinoco Gold card and am using the wi driver.
> This is on a fairly old machine and I get PCI conflicts from the
> BIOS but NetBSD seems ok with this after I set the various PCI-related
> fixup options.  wi0 is detected and started, but I'm getting 
> "wi0 timeout" in dmesg.
> wiconfig can get the MAC and serial number.  ifconfig wi0 up and down
> do the expected things with the card's lights.
> The companion card on a Windows NT system says it sees the NetBSD card
> and reports the proper MAC.  I've let a link test run for several hours
> with no errors to speak of (the systems are about a foot and a half apart,
> so this is what I'd expected).  So I'm sure that the cards work and
> that they can communicate.
> But when I ping the NT system, ping eventually reports that the system is
> down.  tcpdump -i wi0 shows nothing at all.  And I get more "wi0 timeout"
> messages in the log.

Looks like the system don't get interrupts from the adapter.
You says the BIOS complains about this card; I suspect it has some problems
routing interrupts.

Manuel Bouyer <>