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Alright, so I installed 10.2, downloaded 188.8.131.52, compiled with hotplug and all the necessary components to compile madwifi. Got madwifi, made the package following the instructions from the wiki (also tried just compiling then with make and make install). Problem is, it installed, and it loads the ath_pci at boot, but there is no ath0. Hotplug is working fine, lspci shows the Atheros AR5212 card. Just ath0 doesn't exist. I run the whole wlanconfig line, but it says that the device doesn't exist. Any ideas?
modprobe -r ath_pci simply loads the modules. lsmod shows all the correct modules as loaded. ifconfig ath0 up says "ath0 : unknown interface: No such device". I think this is related to acpi. With a slax live cd, if I load acpi=off, i get the same problem. when its on, ath0 shows fine and works fine, but the problem is if I try to load into KDE (after KDM) acpi turns off the backlight. So with that problem, last time i recompiled the kernel I disabled ACPI. Is there a way to fix this in KDE loading? Make it so that it will not turn off my backlight. It does it in both the Live CD and slackware. So i want to enable acpi in the kernel, but still be able to use KDE. Any suggestions?
iwconfig shows etho and lo, and "no wireless extensions" im going to recompile the kernel here, with acpi support, load into flux and see if the ath0 is seen then. Like I said, when i disable acpi on the live cd, ath0 is fine. When i have it load with acpi enabled, ath0 isn't there either. Odd thing was the acpi thing started right after I compiled the kernel with acpi support. Possibly a bug with my chipset or something, with that kernel. Was going to try another kernel and see if that works, im not horribly set on 100% bleeding edge. But I am going to try to compile the kernel with ACPI support, and then not load into KDE and see if it loads just like the LiveCD. I usually use gnome, but I like switching every once in a while, showing my friends what linux is all about and all. At least then I won't have to boot to this live CD when I want to check the forums again
No error messages. Sorry about that, i meant it unloads and loads fine, no error messages at all. It ended the acpi thing. Maybe some kind of incompatibility with ACPI and it activating the card properly. I recompiled the kernel with acpi support, and now ath0 shows fine, and im connected. All is good there. Problem now is KDE turning off my backlight when I log in. Fluxbox works fine (im assuming it doesn't have the acpi function of turning off the backlight) and it seems the other light window managers does it too. Haven't tried gnome. Any ideas on how to get that to stop turning off the backlight?