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Old 07-29-2008, 06:27 AM   #1
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Fedora7 WiFi Error

Hello, I am new to this website and fairly new to Linux in general. I have very little technical knowledge or experience so I am looking for a newbie guide to this problem. I am using Fedora core 7, its set up as a dual boot so i can choose between that or vista (University lecturer set it up for me). The problem is my WiFi doesn't work. With the cable plugged in it works fine, wireless doesn't however. At first the device wasn't even found let alone working. Now i have downloaded Madwifi and followed the Newbie guide from their site (

Everything on the guide works down to connecting with dhcp. I have checked and this distro uses the command dhclient rather than dhcpcd. however when i type "/sbin/dhclient ath0" I do not get the expected read out:

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eth1: unknown hardware address type 24
eth1: unknown hardware address type 24
Listening on LPF/ath0/00:02:6f:20:14:81
Sending on LPF/ath0/00:02:6f:20:14:81
Sending on Socket/fallback/fallback-net
DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to port 67 interval 7
DHCPREQUEST on ath0 to port 67
bound to -- renewal in 7200 seconds."

In fact I dont get a sigle letter. the terminal pauses for about 2 minutes the reprints [root@localhost madwifi]#

Now I know this means the connection has failed. when i open the Network Connections window I can now see the devie but attempting to connect to a network just bring the error:

"Error for wireless request "set Mode" (8B06):
SET failed on device ath0; Invalide arguement.

Determining IP information for ath0... failed."

I remember when i first connceted by wireless using vista I had to enter a network key, using linux i have not been asked for such a key, I dont know if that is the problem or not? any help is much appreciated. Also my device is "Atheros AR5005G 802.11abg NIC" I don't know if that helps. Thank you.

P.s. Sorry for not putting a link to the madwifi site, the forum wouldn't let me so i just put the address.
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