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Old 03-25-2007, 02:58 PM   #16
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Ahhh, it seems as if there is a problem with the kernel and the module.

First check and see if you were affected by the fedora6 anaconda bug, where it installed an i586 kernel, instead of an i686 kernel. Subsequent updates would have an i586 kernel instead of an i686 kernel, thus creating problems with 3rd party kernel modules.

Full information on this here

run this:

rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}.%{ARCH}\n"|grep kernel|sort

if the result is 2.6.20-1.2925.fc6.i586, then you need to follow the directions in the above link to fix. Hopefully, the madwifi kernel module should work.

Alternately, try installing madwifi from the freshrpms repo. Rather than giving you a prebuilt kernel module, it uses dkms to build one for you.

More info on freshrpms here:

It's as simple as enabling the repo and running yum install madwifi. You will have to enable dkms under services for it to build it for each new kernel you install.
Old 03-27-2007, 01:44 AM   #17
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Thanks a Lot!! WiFi working!!!

Thanks petespin27, PTrenholme, knockout_artist, shane25119 and all of you guys!!

Efectivelly, when I execute last command that petespin27 post my systems tells that I have an i586 kernel installed and shows other that are i686, and follow the instructions to fix it in the URL that petespin27 post, then I have installa again madwfifi with yum and that's all... I have run NetworkManager and here I am on the Internet with my WiFi.

Thanks to all of you again, and I hope help to someone else in the future.

Old 03-27-2007, 09:42 PM   #18
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Happy to help- looking forward to seeing you in the 'helping' community.


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