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Old 06-27-2007, 01:02 AM   #1
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AirLink101 Wireless NIC install issue


I have a Airlink101 AWLH4130 and its not being detected in Fedora core 7, fresh install as of tonight. My on board NVIDIA NIC works fine but not the wireless.
Heres the /sbin/lspci results:
00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (different version?) (rev c1)
00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 1 (rev c1)
00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 4 (rev c1)
00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 3 (rev c1)
00:00.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 2 (rev c1)
00:00.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 5 (rev c1)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 ISA Bridge (rev a4)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce2 SMBus (MCP) (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Ethernet Controller (rev a1)
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (MCP) (rev a1)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 External PCI Bridge (rev a3)
00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation nForce2 IDE (rev a2)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (rev c1)
01:09.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV35 [GeForce FX 5900 Ultra] (rev a1)
 
Old 06-27-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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What you need are the MadWifi drivers, which can't be included in Fedora by default because of legal issues (closed-source HAL, though most of the driver is open-source). Here are a couple of links to help you out:

http://madwifi.org/
http://fedoramobile.org/fc-wireless/madwifi-yum-livna

Not sure how the Fedora-specific directions will work, but I've compiled from source on multiple distros and haven't had a problem. The real problem, IMHO, is WPA encryption. It works, but can be a pain to set up.
 
Old 06-27-2007, 09:47 PM   #3
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I found these: http://atrpms.net/dist/f7/madwifi/ and installed the first one on the list but the second one said it was missing a dependency.

Am I downloading the right files?

oh and I use WEP so my nintendo DS can access the router.

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Old 06-28-2007, 08:41 AM   #4
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Welcome to RPM Hell. (Though to be fair, the same thing could happen in Debian if you just use dpkg to install a raw .deb instead of apt-get.) It should say which dependencies it's missing. Use yum to try to get them! (And yes, they look like the right files, assuming you're using 32-bit FC7, though updated almost daily from svn, so if that version ends up not working, you can try the previous version.)

Once you get the driver up and running, WEP should be pretty easy to set up. Much easier than WPA.

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Old 06-28-2007, 05:05 PM   #5
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ok, Ive gotten a lot farther, its all installed and now im trying to edit some conf file with this:
Add the following lines to your /etc/modprobe.conf as root

## Start Atheros Stuff
alias wifi0 ath_pci
alias ath0 ath_pci
options ath_pci autocreate=sta
## End Atheros Stuff

If "alias wifi0 ath_pci" is listed already please omit it from your addition.

How do I do this?
edit: I remembered you have to use vim but I dont remember how to get it into edit mode then save lol

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Old 06-30-2007, 12:29 AM   #6
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Its now showing up in my network hardware, I configured the IP and dns but its still not connecting.
The lights on the nic just blink back and fourth like one lights up the the other over and over.
 
  


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