Killed dwl-650 when upgrading firmware

Dustin Marquess jailbird
Thu Jul 22 14:53:42 PDT 2004

By default a lot of the Windows drivers default to doing RAM downloads
of code actually.  Go into RegEdit and do a search for a key called
"LoadFirmware" somewhere in


If you try to flash a card that has code RAM downloaded to it, it will
screw the card up pretty badly (I made this mistake myself).

The consensus seems to be that these cards can only be fixed by using
Genesis mode.  Depending on the chipset in your card this can require
modifications to your PCMCIA slot.  Search the list archives for more


trooper ryan <trooper_ryan at> wrote:
> Via winupdate.exe I was trying to upgrade my firmware from 1.5.6 to 
> 1.7.1 (s1010701.hex).  I encountered: "Error Programming Block. Continue 
> anyway?" and chose not to continue.  Subsequently the card didnt 
> function in windoze.
> I've tried the same card under linux with no joy. I've posted my dmesg 
> output below.  Any ideas if I can recover or if the card is fried?
> Thanks.
> cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: clean.
> cs: IO port probe 0x0800-0x08ff: clean.
> cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x100-0x13f 0x170-0x177 
> 0x370-0x37f 0x4d0-0x4d7
> cs: IO port probe 0x1000-0x17ff: clean.
> cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-0x0aff: clean.
> hostap_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
> hostap_cs: 0.1.3 - 2004-02-08 (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: index 0x01: Vcc 3.3, irq 9, io 0x0180-0x01bf
> hostap_cs: Registered netdevice wlan0
> wlan0: hfa384x_cmd - timeout - reg=0x8000
> hostap_cs: first command failed - is the card compatible?
> wlan0: hfa384x_cmd_issue: cmd reg was busy for 5000 usec
> wlan0: hfa384x_cmd_issue - timeout - reg=0x8000
> wlan0: hfa384x_cmd: entry still in list? (entry=c3f53d54, type=0, res=-1)
> wlan0: hfa384x_cmd: interrupted; err=-110
> wlan0: MAC port 0 enabling failed
> wlan0: could not enable MAC port

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