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Old 02-14-2005, 12:27 PM   #1
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reconfigure madwifi each boot??


i seem to be having some difficulty keeping madwifi working on my fc3 box.

basically each time i reboot, i have to modprobe ath_pci to get the network configuration gui to allow me to add my wireless connection.

even after i do the modprobe, the hardware tab of network configuration gui doesn't recognize my wireless card, so i can't add it there.

i don't know if it's related, but if i change /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifconfig-ath0 to "boot=yes", when i reboot, linux says ath0 has a different mac address than expected. i'm not even sure what a mac address is, so i don't know how i might fix that.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance,


oh, in case it helps, after i get the connection working (like now), i get these results:

ath0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0E:9B:24:8D:6A
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::20e:9bff:fe24:8d6a/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:376 errors:12069 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:12069
TX packets:362 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:199
RX bytes:166547 (162.6 KiB) TX bytes:64885 (63.3 KiB)
Interrupt:11 Memory:dcb60000-dcb70000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:1513 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1513 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:1624345 (1.5 MiB) TX bytes:1624345 (1.5 MiB)

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

sit0 no wireless extensions.

ath0 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:"morgan" Nickname:"localhost.localdomain"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437GHz Access Point: 00:0D:88:2F:F5:C3
Bit Rate=11Mb/s Tx-Power:50 dBm Sensitivity=0/3
Retryff RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Encryption key:XXXX-XXXX-XX Security mode:restricted (i X'ed out the key)
Power Managementff
Link Quality=20/94 Signal level=-75 dBm Noise level=-95 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:47172 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
Old 02-14-2005, 12:44 PM   #2
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If you want the module to load on boot you have to add it somewhere in your modprobe.conf file. I'm not sure where it is in FC3 but it's in /etc/ for me. In the network scripts you can set essid etc. and if you use dhcp to get dhcp info. You'll want to stay away from the GUI tools as much as possible in anyway since the info they give is often not so accurate and the command line tools just work and give the good results.


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