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Old 11-26-2009, 07:12 PM   #1
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RaLink RT2860 Wireless Card Problems in CentOS 5.4...


Hey, I just installed CentOS 5.4 into an old unused partition on one of my hard drives, and installed the kmod and firmware packages on there for the RaLink RT2860 Wireless Card from ELRepo.org. When I run

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system-config-network
the device shows up there, but when I hit the activate button, or try to use the command

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/sbin/ifup ra0
I get this error:

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Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
    SET failed on device ra0 ; Invalid argument.


Determining IP information for ra0... failed; no link present.  Check cable?
Does anyone know how to fix this? I've tried using iwconfig and setting the mode to managed and setting the essid, but I still get this error...
 
Old 11-26-2009, 10:55 PM   #2
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Not sure if this will apply for you, but here is what I do to get the USB version going (no idea why):

1. ifup ra0

spits out some errors (just ignore)

2. iwconfig ra0 essid whatever/essid/you/are/using

3. iwlist ra0 scan

4. ifup ra0

Should come up clean.

It does not seem to matter if you already have the essid in the ra0 config.
 
Old 11-27-2009, 10:29 PM   #3
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Hey lazlow.

I followed all your instructions in the order you presented them, but I still get the same error...
 
Old 11-27-2009, 10:36 PM   #4
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The guys that run Elrepo pretty much live on the Centos forum. You might have better luck if you post over there.
 
Old 11-28-2009, 12:30 PM   #5
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Ralink support is very very new to elrepo, but some people on elrepo mailing list have it working.

This is last mail from elrepo mailing list:

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On Sat, 14 Nov 2009, Phil Perry wrote:

> > James Szinger wrote:
> >
>> >> First, the documentation is not included in the RPM. I had to download and
>> >> extract the source tarball to read the configuration instructions. The
>> >> documentation files are
>> >>
>> >> iwpriv_usage.txt
>> >> README_STA
>> >> RT2860STACard.dat
>> >> RT2860STA.dat
>> >> sta_ate_iwpriv_usage.txt
> >
> > Yep, tricky one that. We kind of decided that kmod packages should
> > pretty much only contain the kernel module (.ko), and it's associated
> > conf file. We've never really discussed what we should do with
> > documentation or how/where it should be packaged. Now might be as good a
> > time as any to start that discussion.

I would add them to the kernel-module package if there is no seperate
(mandatory) utility package. Otherwise I would move them to the utilities
package instead, maybe. (For consistency reasons maybe always add them to
the kmod package)

On the other hand, documentation to me is small, and sometimes scripts,
tarballs, pdfs or firmware are included. Maybe documentation is expected
to be smaller than the real payload


>> >> I'm running wireless G with WPA, wpa_supplicant at boot, no
>> >> NetworkManager. Performance seems solid and much improved over the
>> >> ath5k card I replaced.
>> >>
>> >> Thanks for ElRepo and I hope this helps the person who installs this driver.
> >
> > Again, thanks for the feedback - it's impossible for us to test without
> > the hardware so this kind of feedback is vital. Now we know someone is
> > using it and it works we'll have more motivation to keep it updated

Without the community, ELRepo would simply not be possible.

-- -- dag wieers, dag@wieers.com, http://dag.wieers.com/ -- [Any errors in spelling, tact or fact are transmission errors] _______________________________________________ elrepo mailing list elrepo@lists.elrepo.org http://lists.elrepo.org/mailman/listinfo/elrepo
 
Old 11-28-2009, 04:37 PM   #6
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Thanks lazlow and DrLove73, I will try the CentOS forums and see if I can get it working from there
 
Old 11-28-2009, 07:04 PM   #7
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Another thought occurred to me. These chipsets draw a lot of power, sometimes more than a motherboard port can supply. Personally I use a powered hub to run mine. The reason I thought of this was I was moving some files from one usb drive to another usb drive(same hub as wireless), all of a sudden I had no internet. Got the same error as you listed above. As soon as I was done moving files error went away. Now I know you are not on USB, but I am wondering if you are borderline on your power.
 
  


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