Subject: Re: ral(4): device timeout and lockups
To: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Johan_Wall=E9n?= <>
From: Rui Paulo <>
List: tech-net
Date: 09/18/2006 21:35:35
On Sep 18, 2006, at 8:42 PM, Johan Wall=E9n wrote:

> Hello,
> 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?

I have tested a RT2661 on macppc without any problems. Can you enable
RAL_DEBUG on sys/dev/ic/rt2661.c and post the results ?

> 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
> time).

The older ral's RT256x have no binary blobs.

	-- Rui Paulo