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Old 12-22-2007, 03:06 AM   #1
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Wireless Atheros Chipset.


Hey,

I've just started using linux again after 2 years. From SimplyMEPIS 3 to Fedora Core 8. However i've hit a snag.

I had my wireless card working under MEPIS 3 using ndiswrapper and the dlink drivers, however i can't get it working under FC8. By default FC has loaded a set of drivers for it, however i'm getting nothing from it.

iwconfig produces this
Code:
wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"Oberon10"  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
          Tx-Power=27 dBm   
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B   
          Encryption key:6131-6232-6333-6434-6535
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
when i try to up the wlan it gives (this was both before and after loading ndiswrapper)
Code:
Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.

Determining IP information for wlan0... failed.

Just for tech points, this is the ndiswrapper driver loaded, and what is plugged in
Code:
[root@localhost ~]# ndiswrapper -l
neta3ab : driver installed
        device (168C:001A) present (alternate driver: ath5k)

[root@localhost ~]# lspci
...
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)


Any ideas?
 
Old 12-22-2007, 04:01 AM   #2
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Hello Kamikazee

You may well find that you don't need ndiswrapper to run this card, but you are going to need to experiment to find out if this is so.

Out of the box, fedora8 installs the open source drivers that work with most atheros cards and if your first quote is true for your situation pre-ndiswrapper then I would try firstly to uninstall ndiswrapper as the two methods of controlling the card can cause conflicts.

If you card is being recognised after the uninstall then first thing to try is to see if NetworkManager will control it for you.

If you have installed from DVD and are running Gnome then there should be an icon top right on the toolbar that if you left click on it will present you with a list of wireless networks. Left clicking on one of those will walk you through the steps of connecting.

If you have KDE then KNetworkManager off the Main and then System menus wiil start that program. Note that it's a bit shy and sometimes needs a restart of the desktop or even a reboot before it will appear in the KDE system tray.

If you installed from a live CD then you will need to run the Services control module:

Code:
system-config-services
is one way to start it and ensure that the NetworkManager service is marked to start and is actually started. It usually isn't from a livecd install.

If you have explored in:

Code:
system-config-network
and set the card to "Activate on boot" then that designation must be removed and NetworkManager left to manage the whole process. It usually won't control the card if it sees the card has been marked for starting at boot.

Hope it works for you, getting wireless networking controlled is either incredibly easy in fedora8 or nearly impossible.

Last edited by bbfuller; 12-22-2007 at 04:03 AM.
 
Old 12-22-2007, 05:17 AM   #3
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i uninstalled ndiswraper and am using the 'ath5k' module (which picks up the card).

I also changed the device from wlan0 to eth1.

on 'ifup eth1' i no longer get the error below
Code:
'Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.
However I still get nothing on dhcpdiscover.
Point to note, i have 'act' but no 'link' on the card.
 
Old 12-22-2007, 05:25 AM   #4
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After a quick google, rumor has it the default ath5k driver conflicts with madwifi driver from livna. Can anyone confirm this?
 
Old 12-22-2007, 06:00 AM   #5
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Hello Kamikazee

I have heard that said, but also as I said above, if you have NetworkManager set to run it can cause a problem if you intend to run things from the command line.

If you are going to use ifup then you should probably stop NetworkManager running.
 
  


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