How to: Simple Installation of Madwifi in Fedora Core 4 (for Atheros chipped cards)
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By heffo_j at 2005-12-10 16:09
Does your wireless card have an Atheros chipset? The box that my D-Link DWL-G650 and manual told me it had an Atheros chip running the card. If you have an Atheros chip, the Madwifi driver can get your card working for you.
Here is the simple way I got my Atheros chipped card to work in FC4:
1) check the current kernel details in terminal by running "uname -a". Write down what is shown.
2) Go to ATrpm (http://atrpms.net/dist/fc4/madwifi/) in Firefox 1.07 (or later) and download madwifi-0.9.6.0-18.rhfc4.at.i386.rpm by clicking on the link (I'm not running a 64bit processor). When this is run in the Firefox download manager you get the option to "open with" and in the drop down box "install packages (default)". Hit OK. This will install this rpm. Do this before you proceed to the next step.
3) Now search the ATrpm Fedora driver list (http://atrpms.net/dist/fc4/madwifi/) and make sure you get the correct rpm to match your kernel details you wrote down in Step 1) above. In my case "uname -a" told me that my kernal is 2.6.14-1.1644_FC4. I do not have a 64bit processor running so I selected this rpm: madwifi-kmdl-2.6.14-1.1644_FC4-0.9.6.0-18.rhfc4.at.i686.rpm. Make sure you click on the "madwifi-kmdl-" rpm that matches both your your processor and kernel.
4) Click on the correct rpm as described in 3) above and Firefox will offer to install it. Click OK.
5) Reboot your computer.
6) Go to Desktop in your FC4 top panel. Select "System settings" then "Network". Type in your root password when asked and you will be taken to graphic menu that will list your network cards. In my case my laptop has an ethernet card and the wireless card. Until I installed Madwifi as described above the wireless card was not listed.
7) The wireless card is now listed under "Devices", in my case under the ethernet card. Check the box to the left, next to the listed wireless card and press the "Activate" button. I you would like to have the card load up each time you start click on the "Edit" button and then check the box that says "Activate device when computer starts".
8) When you go to leave the network menu you will be asked to save the new settings. Press OK. You're almost there.
9) Your card will still not be working. Restart your computer.