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Old 01-14-2008, 11:47 PM   #1
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Wireless can't get an IP Atheros AR5005G chip madwifi Slack 12.0


During booting, it stalls and then resumes without getting an IP for the wireless (the mac addr. displays).

DLink WNA-1330 pcmcia card

iwconfig lists that it's catching the ESSID from my Netgear router

No security (so far, on the router)

When booting up, is it normal for udev to launch twice? It does once prior to going multi user then udev launches again after going multi user -- it has the -retry--failed in it when it launches the 2nd time (it's always been doing this, even before I put the wireless card in).

This is an IBM Thinkpad 600X laptop with 584 megs of ram (650 MHZ pentium III)

I put stuff in rc.inet1.conf such that it should work. A bunch of wireless modules are loading. During bootup it does rate sampling, and looks like it gets 54 mbps.

I'm using Alien Bob's madwifi package. (for some reason the madwifi driver package built but wouldn't work for me).

The madwifi-tools package is still installed. Do I need to remove it since I'm using Alien Bob's (I only found one) madwifi package?

wpa_supplicant is the Slack 12.0 package -- but I haven't gotten this far yet.

I'm lost folks. (dunno what to do as parts of it work and it looks like it should work but it doesn't) So near, but yet so far. Appreciate any troubleshooting help.

Next is from the HCL for D-Link at

Chipset:	AR5005G (802.11/a/b/g)
Interface:	Cardbus
H/W Version:	A1
F/W Version:	1.10
notes:	Works really well when it works. Occaisionally system freezes and I have to pull card out.
notes:	Not sure if my fault or conflict or driver. Using SVN July 19, 2007
notes:	Using Debian etch 4.0 Kernel 2.6.18-4-686
notes:	addendum[kingbeowulf]: Works well under Slackware 11/12 when compiled for running kernel.
notes:	kernel Compaq Evo N400c. No lockups. hotplug/udev intermittent but reboot ok.
notes:	Works great. CentOS 4.5 / 2.6.9-55.0.2.EL / madwifi / wpa_supplicant 0.4.10
Old 01-15-2008, 04:06 AM   #2
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i have a pcmcia atheros card, you seem to need to type dhclient at a terminal for them to get an ip address
Old 01-16-2008, 01:45 AM   #3
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I got it working!

BTW I removed the madwifi-tools pkg. Then removed and then reinstalled Alien Bob's Slack 12 madwifi pkg (tools and driver are all in one pkg of or at Alien Bob's whilst has it split up into two ie a madwifi driver pkg and a madwifi tools pkg.

Had a combo of 4 or 5 things or so (had me scratching head for a while) -- cabled lan for years and years but this was my very first time ever wireless.

Attempting to hook to a Netgear router. But I have a 2wire dsl gateway that I had put in bridge mode and had also turned off its wireless.

All next commands as root.

1. nonetheless, the 2wire essid was still broadcasting very strong (stronger than the Netgear). Specifically told it to hook Netgear, thus: iwconfig ath0 essid NETGEAR

2. it still doesn't work in the room nearly adjacent, which is not more than 24 feet away from the Netgear router. Moving laptop to within 5 feet of the router got it to work.

3. doesn't work with the firewall on (firewall is for eth0) had to turn off the firewall (for troubleshooting) firewall on killed wireless internet -- firewall off and wireless internet is back again. So, I'll need to make a firewall for ath0 (I'd like firewall for both eth0 and ath0 but I don't know how to do this -- anyone?). Ack, it's a lappy, I can use ath0

4. After firewall off and steps 1 and 2 above, then: dhclient ath0

Voilla! abra cadabra and whatnot -- it got an IP!

ping the router *finally* works!

startx and browse the internet, wirelessly, with firefox.

wget downloaded a 200 meg. iso (fast, no prob and at full speed capacity which is 302 k for me on either the wired or wireless (medium speed DSL)

I'm hoping that greater range is allowed once I put wireless security on the Netgear router (otherwise this is either a terrible router or the 2wire runs too severe of an interference) -- I might have to turn off the 2wire (and loose the internet) and/while focus only on wireless to the Netgear router (ping the router should say if it's working).



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