Dead card after wrong pda and firmware flashing

Jouni Malinen jkmaline
Wed Apr 2 21:49:16 PST 2003

On Tue, Apr 01, 2003 at 02:39:28AM +0200, david jaoui wrote:

> I have micronet SP905 V2 pcmcia card (prism 2.5) with detachable antenna.
> It seems to be same hardware than reliawave 30 mw (demarc which I downloaded firmwares from) but not so sure you'll see !!!
> Clue : Micronet is recognized as platform 8002 by winupdate flash and reliawave platform 800c.

Are you sure about that Prism2.5 part? If nicid is 0x8002, it is Prism2
using HFA3841 as MAC chip..

> I couldn't upgrade firmware from PRI: 0.3.0 STA : 1.3.4 because "wrong platform message" with a lot of 1.1.1 and 1.5.6 hex files.

And there is a good reason for this.. They are not compatible with your
card. There is no PRI 1.1.1 firmware for HFA3841 (as far as I know).

> I found pda file for 800c/4 in dlink dwl650 firmware and the winupdate seemed to accept to upgrade my firmware to 1.5.6 with that pda file added.

> Is my card dead ? Can I do something to have it back ?

Yes and yes, but not easily. If you can get someone with suitable
hardware and firmware images to reflash it using genesis mode..

> If yes, Can I still upgrade it in some way to 1.5.6 and 1.1.1 ? How ?

No, PRI 1.1.1 does not exist for your card. Upgrading to STA 1.5.6
should work; assuming you have correct image.

> What are the differences between prism 2 and 2.5 regarding hardware and software ?

They use (among other things) different MAC chip and thus different
firmware image, but have more or less identical interface to the host

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