Madwifi driver... no interface ath0
I’m currently facing an issue to get ath0 up and ready to be used.
I have a laptop using the debian 5 with a kernel 2.6.26-2-686
I have downloaded linux header/src for this kernel.
I have followed the madwifi starting guide to get the driver source and tools packages, I have build the drivers and ath_pci.ko and ath_hal.ko are both built.
I have used the command “modprob ath_pci” to load the driver (and also using the insmod command for ath_hal an ath_pci).
But I still not see the interface ath0 using the iwconfig or “ifconfig –a” tools.
I have checked using “lspci” that an Atheros card is listed and it’s the case. Netwrok Controller: Atheros Communication Inc. Device 002a
I cannot help with the WIFI, because I do not use wireless, so know nothing about configuring it. But
Madwifi is replaced after debian 5 by ath5k driver which is not what I need.
Post the output of lspci.
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That is the output of his lspci.
There is no support in the 2.6.26 kernel.
This is the same device from 2.6.32 kernel lspci:
To get this working correctly you will need the 2.6.32 lenny backports kernel.
Ensure you are tracking the debian archive in your sources.list and add the backports archive repo as well.
You should then be able to install a 2.6.32 kernel and it should just work.
If you plan to use networkmanager you should also get that from backports as the version in lenny was rubbish...
Of course ideally you should be upgrading to squeeze as lenny is an unsupported release.
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