Subject: ral(4): device timeout and lockups
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From: Johan =?iso-8859-1?Q?Wall=E9n?= <>
List: tech-net
Date: 09/18/2006 22:42:20

I am having troubles with ral(4) (A-Link WL54PC, which should be a
Ralink RT2661 chipset): when doing an ifconfig up or anything similar,
I just get a `ral0: device timeout', which according to the man page
should not happen.  Occasionally, the computer locks up completely
when the card is attached -- a power reset seems to be the only way
out.  This is under macppc/4.99.1.  I have never used the card before,
so there might simply be a hardware problem.  Does anybody else see
this problem?

One other issue: does anybody have recommendations for good cardbus
IEEE802.11(b/)g devices that are widely available and work well under
NetBSD (or that are well documented) without using binary firmware
blobs (I do not want to bring up the `blobs are evil' debate -- I just
thought that if I buy a card, I could vote with my money at the same

Thanks in advance,

-- Johan