At Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:11:02 -0500 Paul Hartman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Allan Gottlieb <email@example.com> wrote:
>> I am installing gentoo on an old machine without wireless builtin.
>> I have a hermes/orinoco pcmcia card that works fine. Indeed the
>> wireless "works fine", but is not right.
>> When booting there is a very long delay at the net.eth1 and the system
>> wants the agere_sta_fw.bin firmware. If you wait it out, it eventually
>> proceeds and the wireless works. I assume I should be getting the
>> firmware, but I don't know from where. I did emerge the orinoco-fwutils
>> but that doesn't have firmware or say where to get it.
> You have to find and download the windows drivers for your device and
> extract the firmware out of them, then rename it and put it in
> /lib/firmware. See here:
> A google search turned up this firmware link:
First and foremost, thanks.
Ouch. I see from your web page that for wpa I do need the firmware. I
may try to limp along without the firmware. As I mentioned the card
does work but delay booting by minutes.