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Old 04-28-2008, 06:57 PM
Brandon Kuczenski
 
Default Low-level problem with PCMCIA networking on Thinkpad 600

Hello all,

I just did a fresh net-install of Debian 4.0r3 on a Thinkpad 600. The
computer has no built-in NIC and I used a Netgear MA401 PCMCIA wireless
adapter (with WEP) for the net install.


Now the installation is complete and networking is not working. The pc
card is detected and iwconfig reports that it sees the access point. It
correctly detects the access point's MAC address and reports sane link
quality / signal / noise levels.


iwconfig reports the interfaces lo, irda0, eth0, wlan0_rename. eth0
appears to be a duplicate of wlan0_rename.


ifconfig reports the eth0 and lo interfaces. For eth0 it reports the
following:
eth0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr
00-09-5B-XX-XX-XX-68-9D-00-00-00-00-00-00-00

UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
...

The first 6 hex numbers are the card's correct mac address but the rest
seems spurious.


dhclient gives the warning:
eth0: unknown hardware address type 801
eth0: unknown hardware address type 801

Listening on LPF/eth0
Sending on LPF/eth0
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER...
...
No DHCPOFFERS received.

I know dhcp worked during the net install. Manual interface configuration
doesn't work either.


Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Brandon


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