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Old 06-16-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
Redling
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Wireless setup in Fedora 8


Hiya everybody, I need some help getting a new wireless pci card up and running in Fedora 8. This is the model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833180052

So far I've downloaded the manufacturer's driver from here: http://www.ralinktech.com/ralink/Hom...ort/Linux.html (I chose the first download)

I have not tried ndiswrapper because the native driver is available and I was recommended to try that first. I cannot use yum because the computer can't use the internet, but I have an internet-capable laptop.

I followed the install directions I found in the readme file and online as best as I could, and I think I've successfully compiled the driver onto my machine. However, the network manager isn't auto-detecting anything and I'm not good with the command line yet.

I'm led to believe my problem is in configuring the dang thing. (FYI: I installed Fedora and then the wireless later on).

On to the stuff the real geniuses will understand (read: not me!). I have been doing all of this as "root" since I am having trouble getting sudoers set up. When I type 'iwlist' I get:

[root@localhost ~]# iwlist
Usage: iwlist [interface] scanning [essid NNN] [last]
[interface] frequency
[interface] channel
[interface] bitrate
[interface] rate
[interface] encryption
[interface] keys
[interface] power
[interface] txpower
[interface] retry
[interface] ap
[interface] accesspoints
[interface] peers
[interface] event
[interface] auth
[interface] wpakeys
[interface] genie
[interface] modulation

******************************************

I think this is just telling me how to use the command. Don't laugh, lest ye be laughed at :-).

Here's the output of 'lspci -nn'

[root@localhost ~]# lspci -nn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Unknown device [1022:9600]
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Unknown device [1022:9602]
00:04.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Unknown device [1022:9604]
00:11.0 SATA controller [0106]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4390]
00:12.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4397]
00:12.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4398]
00:12.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4396]
00:13.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4397]
00:13.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4398]
00:13.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4396]
00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 SMBus [1002:4385] (rev 3a)
00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:439c]
00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Azalia [1002:4383]
00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:439d]
00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to PCI Bridge [1002:4384]
00:14.5 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4399]
00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration [1022:1100]
00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map [1022:1101]
00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller [1022:1102]
00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1103]
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:9610]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller [11ab:4364] (rev 14)
03:05.0 Network controller [0280]: RaLink Unknown device [1814:0601]

*******************************************

Here is what '/sbin/lspci -nn' yields:

[root@localhost ~]# /sbin/lspci -nn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Unknown device [1022:9600]
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Unknown device [1022:9602]
00:04.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Unknown device [1022:9604]
00:11.0 SATA controller [0106]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4390]
00:12.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4397]
00:12.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4398]
00:12.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4396]
00:13.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4397]
00:13.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4398]
00:13.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4396]
00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 SMBus [1002:4385] (rev 3a)
00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:439c]
00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Azalia [1002:4383]
00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:439d]
00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to PCI Bridge [1002:4384]
00:14.5 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:4399]
00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration [1022:1100]
00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map [1022:1101]
00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller [1022:1102]
00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1103]
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device [1002:9610]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller [11ab:4364] (rev 14)
03:05.0 Network controller [0280]: RaLink Unknown device [1814:0601]

********************************************

The results of 'lsmod' are what lead me to believe the driver is working. the binary file that came from Ralink is 'rt2860sta'. I've separated it with asterisks so it's easy to find. Correct me if I'm wrong.

[root@localhost ~]# lsmod
Module Size Used by
nls_utf8 5825 1
fuse 38485 2
vfat 13249 1
fat 45277 1 vfat
rfcomm 36825 0
l2cap 25537 9 rfcomm
bluetooth 49316 4 rfcomm,l2cap
autofs4 20421 2
sunrpc 140765 1
nf_conntrack_ipv4 11717 4
ipt_REJECT 7617 2
iptable_filter 6465 1
ip_tables 14213 1 iptable_filter
nf_conntrack_ipv6 18769 4
xt_state 6081 8
nf_conntrack 51977 3 nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ipv6,xt_state
nfnetlink 8281 3 nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ipv6,nf_conntrack
xt_tcpudp 6977 12
ip6t_ipv6header 6209 2
ip6t_REJECT 8257 2
ip6table_filter 6337 1
ip6_tables 15109 2 ip6t_ipv6header,ip6table_filter
x_tables 14277 7 ipt_REJECT,ip_tables,xt_state,xt_tcpudp,ip6t_ipv6header,ip6t_REJECT,ip6_tables
cpufreq_ondemand 10317 1
loop 16581 0
dm_multipath 18249 0
ipv6 245989 16 nf_conntrack_ipv6,ip6t_REJECT
snd_hda_intel 274657 2
snd_seq_dummy 6725 0
snd_seq_oss 29889 0
snd_seq_midi_event 9793 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 44849 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 10061 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss 37569 0
snd_mixer_oss 16705 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 63685 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 20549 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd_page_alloc 11337 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
k8temp 8257 0
snd_hwdep 10309 1 snd_hda_intel

*****************************************************
rt2860sta 489308 0
*****************************************************

snd 43461 13 snd_hda_intel,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_hwd ep
sr_mod 17509 1
soundcore 9633 1 snd
button 10321 0
i2c_piix4 11341 0
hwmon 6469 1 k8temp
cdrom 33889 1 sr_mod
sg 31965 0
floppy 53125 0
i2c_core 21825 1 i2c_piix4
sky2 41413 0
usb_storage 72961 1
ahci 22597 1
dm_snapshot 17765 0
dm_zero 5825 0
dm_mirror 21569 0
dm_mod 46209 9 dm_multipath,dm_snapshot,dm_zero,dm_mirror
pata_atiixp 9409 4
ata_generic 8901 0
libata 99633 3 ahci,pata_atiixp,ata_generic
sd_mod 27329 7
scsi_mod 119757 5 sr_mod,sg,usb_storage,libata,sd_mod
ext3 110665 2
jbd 52457 1 ext3
mbcache 10177 1 ext3
uhci_hcd 23633 0
ohci_hcd 21445 0
ehci_hcd 31693 0

*************************************

Finally, I heard you could look at error messages with the command 'dmesg'. I tried it just for kicks.
(NOTE: "RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->" came up a few hundred times, so I replaced most of them with ellipses: ...)

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

...

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
sky2 eth0: enabling interface
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

...

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
sky2 eth0: disabling interface
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
sky2 eth0: enabling interface
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

...

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
INFO::Network is down!
==>rt_ioctl_giwfreq 0
INFO::Network is down!
MediaState is not connected, ess
===>rt_ioctl_giwessid:: (Len=0, ssid=...)
==>rt_ioctl_giwmode(mode=0)
INFO::Network is down!
IOCTL::SIOCGIWAP(=EMPTY)
INFO::Network is down!
INFO::Network is down!
rt28xx_get_wireless_stats --->
<--- rt28xx_get_wireless_stats
INFO::Network is down!
INFO::Network is down!
INFO::Network is down!
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

...

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
INFO::Network is down!
==>rt_ioctl_giwfreq 0
INFO::Network is down!
MediaState is not connected, ess
===>rt_ioctl_giwessid:: (Len=0, ssid=...)
==>rt_ioctl_giwmode(mode=0)
INFO::Network is down!
IOCTL::SIOCGIWAP(=EMPTY)
INFO::Network is down!
INFO::Network is down!
rt28xx_get_wireless_stats --->
<--- rt28xx_get_wireless_stats
INFO::Network is down!
INFO::Network is down!
INFO::Network is down!
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

...

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
INFO::Network is down!
==>rt_ioctl_giwfreq 0
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

...

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
usb 1-2: USB disconnect, address 2
Buffer I/O error on device sdb1, logical block 104
lost page write due to I/O error on sdb1
Buffer I/O error on device sdb1, logical block 343
lost page write due to I/O error on sdb1
Buffer I/O error on device sdb1, logical block 481
lost page write due to I/O error on sdb1
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

...

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
usb 1-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4
usb 1-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
scsi7 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
usb-storage: device found at 4
usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
usb-storage: device scan complete
scsi 7:0:0:0: Direct-Access USB Flash Memory 5.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] 1956864 512-byte hardware sectors (1002 MB)
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] 1956864 512-byte hardware sectors (1002 MB)
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
sdb: sdb1
sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
sd 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
SELinux: initialized (dev sdb1, type vfat), uses genfs_contexts
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

...

RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->
RT28xx_get_ether_stats --->

***************************************

After much suffering I am dual-booting Linux and Windows XP Professional, on which the card works fine after using the driver disk that came with the card.

Feedback and questions for more info are welcome. I have tried to be as thorough as possible but I'm sure there is more you will need to know.
 
Old 06-16-2008, 09:30 PM   #2
Redling
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Moreover 'n such, I've tried "vi -b rt61sta.dat"


as instructed by the readme ( http://kldp.org/files/readme.txt ) to try to modify settings but the file is apparently blank.
 
  


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