I recently downloaded the SuSE 9.2 DVD image via FTP, burned it and installed it. Everything seems to be ok. This computer is in a shed without network cable and thus relies entirely on a wireless connection via a Netgear WG311T pci adapter to a linksys 11Mbit access point.
It has worked fine in Windows and Fedora core 3 with madwifi drivers, so any problems are not due to interference or weak signal strength.
Wireless tools are installed and the Netgear card was detected during installation and configured in YAST (dhcp, wepkey, ssid, channel, mode and rate). It didn't work. I then disabled DHCP for the other ethernet controller (3com gigabit onboard Asus A7V600 motherboard), just to be sure. Still no connection.
Here is (hopefully) some relevant info:
Using the following kernel: 2.6.8-24-default
The sources are also installed.
Relevant output of lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8377 [KT400/KT600 AGP] Host Bridge (rev 80)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI Bridge
0000:00:09.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c940 10/100/1000Base-T [Marvell] (rev 12)
0000:00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
Output of lsmod (I think these are the only relevant modules)
Module Size Used by
wlan_wep 6400 1
ath_pci 57248 0
ath_rate_onoe 8968 1 ath_pci
wlan 108380 4 wlan_wep,ath_pci,ath_rate_onoe
ath_hal 131792 2 ath_pci
Output of iwconfig. The ssid and key have been removed by me, nothing else has been changed
ath0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:"**********" Nickname:"linux"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF
Bit Rate:1 Mb/s Tx-Power:50 dBm Sensitivity=0/3
Retry:off RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:XXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XX Security mode:open
Link Quality=0/94 Signal level=-95 dBm Noise level=-95 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
sit0 no wireless extensions.
I have not yet tried getting the madwifi cvs snapshot and compiling the modules myself, but I'd rather use the stuff SuSE provides and control it all via YAST. I have tried searching google and LQ.org, but I mostly find enthousiastic posts that the card works out of the box. For me it doesn't, unfortunately, and if anyone can tell me how to fix it I'd really appreciate it. Please also let me know if I have left out any crucial information.
Thanks in advance,