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Old 11-10-2006, 01:02 PM   #1
wc5b
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Trouble with Madwifi drivers install


I have played around with linux from time to time and would like to make the complete move over to linux. BUT, been troubleshooting for two days with two diff flavers (Mandriva 2007 free and now FC6) and cant for the life of me get Madwifi to install. With VARY minumal experiance on linux platforms, and what I use to know a distant afterthought, I am lost. I have looked at many sites and tryed to do step by step what other posts and fourms have said to do, and I just get one error after another! I came to FC6 assuming that the rpms I found for them would work since they were developed just for FC6! But after a list of 30+ Rpms, NONE of them would work. ALways asked for a dependancy of another rpm. Tried the whole list!

Can someone PLEASE take me through step by step, and help me correct errors as I come to them, becouse I garentee it will happen on the first line!

System: P4
Video: ATI X800 AGP 4x/8x
Wireless Adaptor: D-Link DWL-G510
O.S.: Dual boot Fresh installs of FC6 and XP Home
MOBO: Intel ASRock (11865-11) w/ 1GB Mem
HD: 80GB partitioned 35GB NTFS and 45GB FC6

Standing by for any help I can get.

Tom
 
Old 11-10-2006, 05:43 PM   #2
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Hello Tom,

I also use the madwifi drivers. I recommend you do the following. You will need to add an additional repository to get the whole thing downloaded and use a tool called yum to install them.

1) Download and install http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/6/i386/l...6-1.noarch.rpm

2) Open up Terminal and type

yum install madwifi

This needs to be done as root so you will need to type

su

followed by your password to get a # which is a root prompt. I know this is a bit long-winded (and you'll need to do it each time Fedora upgrades the kernel) but this is because madwifi drivers are not open source and therefore not packaged with Fedora.

Hope this helps
Regards
Chris
 
Old 11-11-2006, 12:51 PM   #3
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Mounting NTFS

OK, I have internet via my dual boot XP Home, but how do I mount my NTFS C:\ Drive to get to this file so I dont have to waist anymore CD's by burning one rpm at a time. LOL


Tom
 
Old 11-11-2006, 12:54 PM   #4
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Ah I see,

My mistake. I thought you had wired internet as well. If you want to mount mount your NTFS partition you should look at www.fedorafaq.org

There is a full howto at www.linux-ntfs.org as well

Regards
Chris

Last edited by snecklifter; 11-11-2006 at 12:56 PM.
 
Old 11-11-2006, 02:17 PM   #5
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Yum madwifi

OK, was forced to go to Hard Lan, due to not being able to mount NTFS yet. I Yum Installed and this is what I got.

[root@localhost madwifi]# yum install madwifi
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
Resolving Dependencies
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Downloading header for madwifi to pack into transaction set.
madwifi-0.9.2-1.lvn6.i386 100% |=========================| 8.4 kB 00:00
---> Package madwifi.i386 0:0.9.2-1.lvn6 set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: madwifi-kmod >= 0.9.2 for package: madwifi
--> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Downloading header for kmod-madwifi to pack into transaction set.
kmod-madwifi-0.9.2-3.2.6. 100% |=========================| 6.8 kB 00:00
---> Package kmod-madwifi.i686 0:0.9.2-3.2.6.18_1.2798.fc6 set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: kernel-i686 = 2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 for package: kmod-madwifi
--> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Downloading header for kernel to pack into transaction set.
kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6. 100% |=========================| 206 kB 00:01
---> Package kernel.i686 0:2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 set to be installed
--> Running transaction check

Dependencies Resolved

=============================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
=============================================================================
Installing:
madwifi i386 0.9.2-1.lvn6 livna 215 k
Installing for dependencies:
kernel i686 2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 core 16 M
kmod-madwifi i686 0.9.2-3.2.6.18_1.2798.fc6 livna 254 k

Transaction Summary
=============================================================================
Install 3 Package(s)
Update 0 Package(s)
Remove 0 Package(s)

Total download size: 16 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
(1/3): madwifi-0.9.2-1.lv 100% |=========================| 215 kB 00:00
(2/3): kmod-madwifi-0.9.2 100% |=========================| 254 kB 00:00
(3/3): kernel-2.6.18-1.27 100% |=========================| 16 MB 02:15
warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID a109b1ec
Importing GPG key 0xA109B1EC "Livna.org rpms <rpm-key@livna.org>"
Is this ok [y/N]: y
warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 4f2a6fd2
Importing GPG key 0x4F2A6FD2 "Fedora Project <fedora@redhat.com>"
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Importing GPG key 0xDB42A60E "Red Hat, Inc <security@redhat.com>"
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test


Transaction Check Error: package kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 is already installed
file /boot/System.map-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 from install of kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 conflicts with file from package kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6
file /boot/config-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 from install of kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 conflicts with file from package kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6
file /boot/symvers-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.gz from install of kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 conflicts with file from package kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6
file /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 from install of kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 conflicts with file from package kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6

[root@localhost madwifi]#



What do I do now? Thanks in advance.

Tom
 
Old 11-11-2006, 02:40 PM   #6
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Hi Tom,

Bit of a groaner here. There's a bug in Fedora 6 installer which select i586 kernel instead of i686. I think you have the former installed. Go to:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bugs/FC6Common

and get that resolved first and then you should be good to go with the madwifi install. I know its a bugger but keep up with it, you're almost there.

Regards
Chris
 
Old 11-11-2006, 02:48 PM   #7
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OK! By gollie

[root@localhost madwifi]# yum install madwifi
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
Resolving Dependencies
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Package madwifi.i386 0:0.9.2-1.lvn6 set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: madwifi-kmod >= 0.9.2 for package: madwifi
--> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Package kmod-madwifi.i686 0:0.9.2-3.2.6.18_1.2798.fc6 set to be updated
--> Running transaction check

Dependencies Resolved

=============================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
=============================================================================
Installing:
madwifi i386 0.9.2-1.lvn6 livna 215 k
Installing for dependencies:
kmod-madwifi i686 0.9.2-3.2.6.18_1.2798.fc6 livna 254 k

Transaction Summary
=============================================================================
Install 2 Package(s)
Update 0 Package(s)
Remove 0 Package(s)

Total download size: 469 k
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Installing: kmod-madwifi ######################### [1/2]
Installing: madwifi ######################### [2/2]

Installed: madwifi.i386 0:0.9.2-1.lvn6
Dependency Installed: kmod-madwifi.i686 0:0.9.2-3.2.6.18_1.2798.fc6
Complete!






Now, looks like it obviously does not appear in NIC(Wireless) List. How do I set the bugger up? Thanks for sticking with me!

Tom
 
Old 11-11-2006, 04:12 PM   #8
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Almost there

OK, after using http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/FirstTimeHowTo I was able to get it running. For some reason I can't get it to aquire DHCP, but I worked around it with a static. This leaves me with a few questions still.

1. And most important. How do I get it to automaticly load this at bootup into GUI?

2. For some reason it assigns and uses ath0 instead of wifi0 and this makes the GUI config thing usless. Also on boot up now it tries to load wifi0 and slows down startup to GUI to a crawl while it fails out. Is there a way to stop it from looking for wifi0 DHCP at Bootup?


Thanks in advance

Tom
 
Old 12-29-2006, 07:59 PM   #9
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Hi, I have followed this thread and tried to install madwifi on my Fedora Core 6 computer. The problem is, I have no wired LAN on that PC--only the wireless. Therefor, I cannot do yum install madwifi*.

uname -r
2.6.18-1.2798.fc6


Does anyone know where I can download the correct version of the kernel modules for my kernel? I looked on ATrpms, but can't my kernel version. I cannot upgrade to a newer kernel either, because I don't have an Internet connection on that PC.
 
Old 01-02-2007, 09:48 PM   #10
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Hi everyone,



I have installed Fedora Core 6 on PC recently, but I still cannot install the wireless network adapter.
I am having a similar problem to Tom. However, after a successful install of the livna package, I was not able to load the madwifi nodule.

What I did:

1)I installed the package that Chris gave a link to:

Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
livna 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00
Reading repository metadata in from local files
primary.xml.gz 100% |=========================| 103 kB 00:01
################################################## 318/318
Parsing package install arguments
Resolving Dependencies
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Downloading header for madwifi to pack into transaction set.
madwifi-0.9.2.1-1.lvn6.i3 100% |=========================| 8.5 kB 00:00
---> Package madwifi.i386 0:0.9.2.1-1.lvn6 set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: madwifi-kmod >= 0.9.2.1 for package: madwifi
--> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Downloading header for kmod-madwifi to pack into transaction set.
kmod-madwifi-0.9.2.1-1.2. 100% |=========================| 7.0 kB 00:00
---> Package kmod-madwifi.i686 0:0.9.2.1-1.2.6.18_1.2869.fc6 set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: kernel-i686 = 2.6.18-1.2869.fc6 for package: kmod-madwifi
--> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Downloading header for kernel to pack into transaction set.
kernel-2.6.18-1.2869.fc6. 100% |=========================| 207 kB 00:03
---> Package kernel.i686 0:2.6.18-1.2869.fc6 set to be installed
--> Running transaction check

Dependencies Resolved

=============================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
=============================================================================
Installing:
madwifi i386 0.9.2.1-1.lvn6 livna 215 k
Installing for dependencies:
kernel i686 2.6.18-1.2869.fc6 updates 16 M
kmod-madwifi i686 0.9.2.1-1.2.6.18_1.2869.fc6 livna 255 k

Transaction Summary
=============================================================================
Install 3 Package(s)
Update 0 Package(s)
Remove 0 Package(s)

Total download size: 16 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
(1/3): madwifi-0.9.2.1-1. 100% |=========================| 215 kB 00:02
(2/3): kernel-2.6.18-1.28 100% |=========================| 16 MB 08:53
(3/3): kmod-madwifi-0.9.2 100% |=========================| 255 kB 00:01
warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID a109b1ec
Importing GPG key 0xA109B1EC "Livna.org rpms <rpm-key@livna.org>"
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Installing: kernel ######################### [1/3]
Installing: kmod-madwifi ######################### [2/3]
Installing: madwifi ######################### [3/3]

Installed: madwifi.i386 0:0.9.2.1-1.lvn6
Dependency Installed: kernel.i686 0:2.6.18-1.2869.fc6 kmod-madwifi.i686 0:0.9.2.1-1.2.6.18_1.2869.fc6
Complete!



Then however, after typing:
modprobe ath_pci
in Terminal to load the driver, the response was:
FATAL: Module ath_pci not found.


If anyone can help me that would be much appreciated. Thank you.


Best regards,
Ivan.
 
  


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