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Old 10-12-2006, 10:15 PM   #1
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Q: WiFi Interface ath0 - No such device

I'm using Slackware 11.0 and D-Link DWL-G520. I followed Madwifi Slackware guide to download the package and installed it. But when I try "ifconfig ath0 up", it says there is no such device. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

root@slackware:~# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 430FX - 82437FX TSC [Triton I] (rev 02)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82371FB PIIX ISA [Triton I] (rev 02)
00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5005VL 802.11bg Wireless NIC (rev 01)
00:0f.0 VGA compatible controller: Trident Microsystems TGUI 9440 (rev e3)

root@slackware:~# modprobe ath_pci
Warning: loading /lib/modules/ will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - Proprietary
See export-tainted for information about tainted modules
Module ath_hal loaded, with warnings
Module wlan loaded, with warnings
Module ath_rate_sample loaded, with warnings
Module ath_pci loaded, with warnings

root@slackware:~# lsmod
Module Size Used by Tainted: P
ath_pci 69264 0 (unused)
ath_rate_sample 9160 0 [ath_pci]
wlan 143932 0 [ath_pci ath_rate_sample]
ath_hal 174672 0 [ath_pci ath_rate_sample]
usbcore 56812 1
3c509 9332 2
isa-pnp 29328 0 [3c509]

root@slackware:~# ifconfig ath0 up
ath0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device

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i don't know much about wireless but i've never seen an interface called ath0 before. it's usually eth0 or eth1. can you do an ifconfig -a and post the output?
Old 10-13-2006, 01:55 AM   #3
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The ath0 is indeed the correct name for a network interface created by the madwifi driver.
You card is listed here as unsupported, that is likely the reason that you don't have a ath0 interface after loading the module´.

I am afraid that your only alternative is to try the ndiswrapper, and patiently wait for support to be added to the madwifi driver (which I guess will happen at some time, since madwifi is a very active project).



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