Hostap will load but WILL NOT create the wlan0 interface

Jerry jerryf
Thu Jan 30 11:24:35 PST 2003

This is a fresh SuSE 8.0 install (minimal with pcmcia, wireless tools, and a few other odds and ends).  It uses the stock kernel and i have the kernel sources installed.  'lspci' shows the cardbus bridge (Ricoh RL5c475).   

Here is dmesg, after a boot...

Linux version 2.4.18-4GB (root at (gcc version 2.95.3 20010315 (SuSE)) #1 Wed May 29 15:47:24 UTC 2002
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000000e0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 0000000008000000 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 00000000fec01000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fee01000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000fffe0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
Scanning bios EBDA for MXT signature
128MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 32768
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 28672 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Building zonelist for node : 0
Kernel command line: auto BOOT_IMAGE=linux ro root=303 apm=off acpi=off
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 166.195 MHz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 331.77 BogoMIPS
Memory: 126284k/131072k available (1405k kernel code, 4400k reserved, 421k data, 120k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
Mount-cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer-cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
CPU: Before vendor init, caps: 000001bf 00000000 00000000, vendor = 0
Intel Pentium with F0 0F bug - workaround enabled.
CPU: After vendor init, caps: 000001bf 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU:     After generic, caps: 000001bf 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU:             Common caps: 000001bf 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel Pentium 75 - 200 stepping 0c
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (rgooch at
mtrr: detected mtrr type: none
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfdb81, last bus=0
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
apm: BIOS not found.
mxt_scan_bios: enter
Starting kswapd
kinoded started
VFS: Diskquotas version dquot_6.5.0 initialized
ACPI: disabled by cmdline, exiting
Detected PS/2 Mouse Port.
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with HUB-6 MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI enabled
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10e
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 6.31
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
PIIX: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev 38
PIIX: chipset revision 2
PIIX: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
PIIX: neither IDE port enabled (BIOS)
PIIX: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev 39
PIIX: chipset revision 2
PIIX: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xffa0-0xffa7, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xffa8-0xffaf, BIOS settings: hdc:pio, hdd:pio
hdb: C/H/S=0/0/0 from BIOS ignored
hda: WDC AC23200L, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
blk: queue c0322e64, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
hda: 6346368 sectors (3249 MB) w/256KiB Cache, CHS=6296/16/63, (U)DMA
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
Partition check:
 hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a National Semiconductor PC87306
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 64000K size 1024 blocksize
loop: loaded (max 16 devices)
Cronyx Ltd, Synchronous PPP and CISCO HDLC (c) 1994
Linux port (c) 1998 Building Number Three Ltd & Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak.
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 1024 buckets, 8Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 8192 bind 8192)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 536k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
reiserfs: checking transaction log (device 03:03) ...
Using r5 hash to sort names
ReiserFS version 3.6.25
VFS: Mounted root (reiserfs filesystem) readonly.
Trying to move old root to /initrd ... failed
Unmounting old root
Trying to free ramdisk memory ... okay
Freeing unused kernel memory: 120k freed
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
Adding Swap: 254008k swap-space (priority 42)
8139too Fast Ethernet driver 0.9.24
eth0: D-Link DFE-538TX (RealTek RTL8139) at 0xc88e3f00, 00:40:05:7a:b6:b3, IRQ 11
eth0:  Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8139C'
eth0: Setting half-duplex based on auto-negotiated partner ability 0000.
Linux Tulip driver version 0.9.15-pre10 (Mar 8, 2002)
tulip0:  MII transceiver #1 config 3000 status 7829 advertising 01e1.
eth1: Lite-On 82c168 PNIC rev 32 at 0xe800, 00:A0:CC:56:D0:8C, IRQ 10.
Linux Kernel Card Services 3.1.22
  options:  [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
ds: no socket drivers loaded!
unloading Kernel Card Services
hostap_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Linux Kernel Card Services 3.1.22
  options:  [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
PCI: Enabling device 00:11.0 (0000 -> 0002)
PCI: No IRQ known for interrupt pin A of device 00:11.0. Please try using pci=biosirq.
Yenta IRQ list 0000, PCI irq0
Socket status: 30000810
cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: excluding 0xc70-0xc77
cs: IO port probe 0x0816-0x08ff: excluding 0x86e-0x875
cs: IO port probe 0x0800-0x080f: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x170-0x177 0x370-0x377 0x470-0x477 0x4d0-0x4d7
cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-0x0aff: clean.
cs: memory probe 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff: clean.
hostap_cs: 0.0.0 CVS (Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at>)
hostap_cs: setting Vcc=33 (constant)
hostap_cs: setting Vcc=33 (from config)
Checking CFTABLE_ENTRY 0x01 (default 0x01)
IO window settings: cfg->io.nwin=1
io->flags = 0x0046, io.base=0x0000, len=64
hostap_cs: RequestIRQ: Resource in use
: card already removed or not configured during shutdown
release - done
hostap_free_data: ap has not yet been initialized - skip resource freeing
IPv6 v0.8 for NET4.0
IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling driver
eth1: no IPv6 routers present

"pci=biosirq" <- with this turned on, the machine locks when it loads the pci network cards...

this setting works well with more modern hardware, but i just have a regular pentium here, and the older bios' dont like that setting.

Does any of this help??

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