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  1. #1

    PCI / wireless problem

    I am having trouble getting my wireless card to work. It is a Netgear WG311 using the Atheros chip set. After scouring the Internet, I found the following;

    ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" emerge madwifi-driver
    emerge wireless-tools
    cp /etc/init.d/net.eth0 /etc/init.d/net.ath0
    modprobe ath_hal
    modprobe ath_pci
    modprobe wlan
    echo "ath_hal" >> /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6
    echo "ath_pci" >> /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6
    echo "wlan" >> /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6

    After typing this in, I have got the wireless tools installed. However, when typing iwconfig, I get the following;

    lo no wireless extensions.
    dummy0 no wireless extensions.

    I then tried iwconfig ath0, but obviously got the reply “No such device”. Also, when I type in modprobe ath_pci from the above instructions, I get the following error;

    FATAL: Error inserting ath_pci (/lib/modules/2.6.11-gentoo-r8/net/ath_pci.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)

    At the bottom of the output from dmesg is the following;

    ath_pci: Unknown symbol ieee80211_ioctl
    ath_pci: Unknown symbol ieee80211_ioctl

    Also, I have tried lspci, but got back a command not found message.

    Have I missed something from my kernel?



  2. #2
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    lspci is part of pciutils. Emerge this then post the output of lspci.
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  3. #3
    Okay, thanks for that. I thought lspci was an internal command

    Now that I have pciutils installed, the output from lspci shows the following;

    0000:01:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev01)

    So it looks like my card is being seen. What is next?

    Thanks for your help so far

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    I got an error like that for a while then i rebuilt my kernel. I dont think I changed anything other than making all the wireless stuff into a module. Seems to work very well after that.
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  6. #5
    Tried that with no joy.

    Thanks for the idea though

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