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  1. #1

    Atheros 5006EG + Ndiswrapper

    Hi all,

    i'm new in Linux and i've been using Fedora 8 for some weeks. The problem is that i can't activate the WiFi device of my Sony VGN-NR11M/S laptop.

    lspci reports...
    06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5006EG 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
    So I downloaded, built and installed ndiswrapper-1.52, following instructions here
    Please note that fedora kernel version is

    Then, i installed apropriate drivers from the Win Vista partition of my laptop.
    After reboot, ndiswrapper -l reported
    netathr : driver installed
    device (168C:001C) present (alternate driver: ath5k)
    and iwconfig output was
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:""
    Mode:Managed Channel:0 Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=0 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2346 B
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
    The device didn't work, since ath5k driver was still being loaded during boot
    and wlan0 setup kept failing.

    So I blacklisted ath5k driver by adding
    blacklist ath5k
    in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, but now wlan0 device has disappeared!
    The funny thing is that ndiswrapper -l still reports that ath5k driver is present,
    although no wlan0 activation is done during Fedora boot.

    Does anybody have any idea?

  2. #2
    Linux User ptkobe's Avatar
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    Feb 2008
    Torres Vedras, PT
    I use the madwifi driver. Posting this because it may help you.

    I also have blacklist ath5k

    HTML Code:
    # iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    wifi0     no wireless extensions.
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"xxx"  Nickname:"rxxxxt"
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: 00:0F:66:59:3E:2C   
              Bit Rate:54 Mb/s   Tx-Power:18 dBm   Sensitivity=1/1  
              Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:991E-C50B-813C-FC32-3384-2627-AAC9-C993   Security mode:restricted
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality=53/70  Signal level=-43 dBm  Noise level=-96 dBm
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    HTML Code:
    # lsmod | grep ath
    dm_multipath           24401  0 
    ath_rate_sample        19968  1 
    ath_pci                94384  0 
    wlan                  193352  5 wlan_tkip,wlan_scan_sta,ath_rate_sample,ath_pci
    ath_hal               224368  3 ath_rate_sample,ath_pci
    dm_mod                 57648  29 dm_multipath,dm_snapshot,dm_zero,dm_mirror
    HTML Code:
    # cat /etc/modprobe.conf
    alias eth0 skge
    alias scsi_hostadapter libata
    alias scsi_hostadapter1 sata_via
    alias scsi_hostadapter2 pata_via
    alias wlan0 ath5k
    alias snd-card-0 snd-via82xx
    options snd-card-0 index=0
    options snd-via82xx index=0
    And finally, madwifi create this
    HTML Code:
    # cat /etc/modprobe.d/madwifi 
    alias wifi0 ath_pci
    alias ath0 ath_pci
    options ath_pci autocreate=sta

  3. #3
    Linux Engineer valemon's Avatar
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    Oct 2006
    Did you load ndiswrapper correctly? Post the output of
    lsmod grep | ndiswrapper
    lsmod | grep ath5k
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