Re: [NTLK] FAQ Fodder: Difference between Silver A,B, Gold, Orinocco WaveLan Cards

From: John Ruschmeyer (
Date: Tue Mar 19 2002 - 10:46:43 EST

My suspicion would be that the strings did change as part of some firmware
upgrade, probably the one that made the card 802.11b-compliant. In that
case, there are probably some cards that describe themselves with the old
name (never updated to recent firmware) and some with the new name.

If so, then this is not a big issue for people with some kind of laptop, but
could be a real problem for people who only have a Newton and no other PC or
Mac with a PCMCIA slot.


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Laurent Daudelin

I haven't paid much attention, but from what I remember, people that
complained it didn't work for them were reporting (mostly) that the card
wasn't recognized when they inserted it. Something like "there is a problem
with this card. Newton cannot recognizes this card". Now, if other people
are reporting the very same revision of the card working, then I'm a bit
confused, unless the identification string returned by the cards that don't
work isn't the same, even though the part/model number is the same. That's
how it works, roughly, BTW. The Newton won't read the part number printed on
the card ;-) it just queries the card to get one of the ID string and then
it knows whether a driver registered himself to handle that specific card.
No, there are no wildcard match or any thing of that sort! The strings must
match perfectly, or the Newton will report it can't recognize the card.

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