Genesis Mode

Dustin Marquess jailbird
Tue Nov 4 07:07:36 PST 2003

All I was attempting to do was upgrade the secondary (STA) firmware
on the card.  The problem is I forgot to first disable the RAM
firmware updating that the Windows drivers do.  So WinUpdate gave me
an error in writing, I told it not to continue, and the card is
pretty much not working anymore.  (If I insert it in Windows, the
LED on the card flashes once, and an exclamation mark gets flagged
next to the card in Device Manager).

I tried using the DOS flash program to just download secondary
firmware to the card again, but I kept getting the "busy bit never
cleared" error, which I found in the archives about the PC card slot

I have a bad feeling that even though WinUpdate probably only
corrupted the STA firmware, I probably screwed-up the PRI image
trying to fix the card with the DOS flash program.

I might take your suggestion and invest in a new card. *sigh*.


Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 03, 2003 at 10:24:39PM -0600, Dustin Marquess wrote:
> > I have a Prism 2 D-Link DWL-650 card that WinUpdate was nice enough
> > to kill for me.
> > 
> > I want to fix the card (either using the DOS utility or HostAP), but
> > in order to do that I need to get the card into genesis mode.
> Do you know how badly the card was "killed"? In other words, are you
> sure you need Genesis mode to fix it? Prism2/HFA3841 needs hardware mods
> in the PC Card slot (or PC Card extender, if you happen to have one) for
> Genesis mode. Using a PC Card extender with easily accessible pins/test
> points would probably be the easiest method for this, but would of
> course require that extender (if you don't have, you will probably find
> it cheaper to buy new Prism2/2.5/3 card).. If the card still has working
> Primary firmware image, you can avoid this since PRI image is all that
> is needed for writing to flash.

More information about the Hostap mailing list