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Old 04-06-2006, 12:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy ifconfig reports wrong mac address and wireless doesn't work


I replaced the hard drive in my laptop and installed Fedora Core 5. Now I'm getting expected output from ifconfig and my wireless doesn't work.

/var/log/messages
Code:
Apr  6 11:41:03 phatcat dhclient: wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
Apr  6 11:41:03 phatcat dhclient: wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
Apr  6 11:41:03 phatcat dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on wifi0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 3
Apr  6 11:41:06 phatcat dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on wifi0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6
Apr  6 11:41:12 phatcat dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on wifi0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 12
Apr  6 11:41:24 phatcat dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on wifi0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 7
Apr  6 11:41:31 phatcat dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on wifi0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 11
Apr  6 11:41:42 phatcat dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on wifi0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 15
Apr  6 11:41:57 phatcat dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on wifi0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 7
Apr  6 11:42:04 phatcat dhclient: No DHCPOFFERS received.
ifconfig
Code:
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0B:CD:8A:DA:37
          inet addr:192.168.0.7  Bcast:192.168.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::20b:cdff:fe8a:da37/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:712 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:712 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:430633 (420.5 KiB)  TX bytes:146866 (143.4 KiB)
          Interrupt:10 Base address:0xc000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:3679 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:3679 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:4509549 (4.3 MiB)  TX bytes:4509549 (4.3 MiB)

wifi0     Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-02-8A-92-B8-A4-98-79-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:13 errors:0 dropped:15 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:3096 (3.0 KiB)
          Interrupt:10

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:02:8A:92:B8:A4
          inet6 addr: fe80::202:8aff:fe92:b8a4/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:13 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:3096 (3.0 KiB)
          Interrupt:10
I do not recognize the mac address of wifi0. I have never seen it before. Judging by /var/log/messages it seems to be causing issues. I do recognize the mac address of wlan0 and eth0. During install, anaconda gave wlan0 and wifi0 the same mac address. Any ideas? Thx.
 
Old 04-06-2006, 01:56 PM   #2
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Yes, as root edit the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-XXXX scripts and change the HWADDR line to read;

HWADDR=

When done with the editing and saving of the files, restart the network seevice;

service network restart
 
Old 04-06-2006, 03:50 PM   #3
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I tried the suggested edits and I wireless still doesn't work. Here are the two wireless scripts. Again, I only have one wireless device on this laptop. I still get the same output from /var/log/messages. If there is anything else I can post that would help, let me know.

wlan0:
Code:
DEVICE=wlan0
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
HWADDR=
ONBOOT=yes
DHCP_HOSTNAME=phatcat
#ESSID=blacktitan
#KEY=379ae64c63ef7a5c67ef73bb37
TYPE=Wireless
wifi0:
Code:
DEVICE=wifi0
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
SSID=blacktitan
# HWADDR=
ONBOOT=yes
DHCP_HOSTNAME=phatcat.localdomain
KEY=379ae64c63ef7a5c67ef73bb37
#CHANNEL=8
TYPE=Wireless
 
Old 04-06-2006, 06:53 PM   #4
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Is this wireless device built-in, pcmcia, usb or??? What does lspci -v show for the device (if anything)??

lspci -v | grep Network (for example).

You may find additional help by looking here at HCL or http://www.linux-laptop.net/
 
Old 04-06-2006, 07:09 PM   #5
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lspci -v:

Quote:
00:09.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset (rev 01)
This is a builtin wireless card. The weird thing is that it worked in Fedora 3 and 4. Also worked in FC5 before my hard drive crashed. I'll check out the suggested website.
 
Old 04-07-2006, 06:51 AM   #6
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Check and make sure you you have the needed (maybe) firmware file, for example mine is;

02:00.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation Intersil ISL3890 [Prism GT/Prism Duette] (rev 01)

So the firmware needed is;

$ ls -l /lib/firmware/isl3890
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 93996 Nov 3 12:04 /lib/firmware/isl3890

Which came from; http://prism54.org/fullmac.html

Downloaded "the Version 1.0.4.3 (for ISL3880 and ISL3890)" and renamed/placed in /lib/firmware

Start here to choose which firmware file you need; http://prism54.org/
 
Old 04-07-2006, 02:41 PM   #7
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This is the all of the info that I get from lspci -v

Quote:
00:09.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset (rev 01)
Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Unknown device 0200
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 10
Memory at d000a000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
I don't see any numbers that would indicate what files I need. Is there a way to find out? If I can't get this to work, I think I'll rebuild back to Fedora 4 and then upgrade to Fedora 5 after I get things working. But that's my last resort.
 
Old 04-15-2006, 12:08 PM   #8
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I took the oppertunity to play around with other distros. I ended up moving back to fedora 4. Thx 4 the help.
 
  


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