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I'm having trouble activating my Atheros AR5212 Wireless Adapter. When I go into the network configuration it shows the onboard network adapters and they work great. It also shows the ...
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    Atheros Chipset / Fedora 8


    I'm having trouble activating my Atheros AR5212 Wireless Adapter. When I go into the network configuration it shows the onboard network adapters and they work great. It also shows the Atheros card and that it is wlan0 and I can click on it to show me what it is and that it is there. When I go to activate it this is what I get -

    Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.

    Determining IP information for wlan0... failed.

    I notice that nothing is set like the network key or other things and I'm not even sure if the madwifi driver is installed or even configured as well. Could someone walk me through getting this up and running? Also, I have it hardwired as I'm trying to do this... any help would be great.

    ...micro

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    To see if the module is loaded, do:
    Code:
    /sbin/lsmod
    Is ath_pci there? If not, from the command line as su do:
    Code:
    /sbin/modprobe ath_pci
    Interesting that it should want to identify it as wlan0. All my boxes with Atheros get identified as ath0. But I'm only on FC 7 so it could have changed. When you do:
    Code:
    /sbin/ifconfig
    Do you see wlan0 there? Is ath0 there also or instead of wlan0? If ath_pci is indeed loaded, try:
    Code:
    /sbin/iwlist ath0 scan
    To see if it picks up any access points. Also do:
    Code:
    /sbin/iwlist wlan0 scan
    to see.

    EDIT: I can't remember if FC comes with madwifi already or if it has to be built. Which is it now? If it didn't come with it, did you build it already? Pretty easy to do. See here. You'll need to get packages with yum before building if you haven't already...
    Code:
    yum install kernel-devel
    Last edited by Dapper Dan; 04-19-2008 at 10:06 PM.
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    Open a terminal/konsole window and login as root
    Code:
    su -
    (root password)
    Issue these command and let's see what's going on here.
    Code:
    /sbin/ifconfig
    Code:
    lsmod |grep ath
    The first command will spit out some details about your network interfaces and the second command will tell us if you have the Madwifi modules loaded or not. Post the output here for more help.
    Are you using Gnome or KDE, and do you know if Networkmanager is running?
    EDIT: Ole Trigger finger Dan beat me to it.
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    ok, I have all the out put but it says to many smilies so how do I put it into the message so it lets me post it?

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    Code:
    1) no
    2) I got this - FATAL: Module ath_pci not found.
    4)I got this - 
    eth1   Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:17:31:1C:36:82  
              inet addr:172.16.0.104  Bcast:172.16.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::217:31ff:fe1c:3682/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:27836 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:10433 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:16329033 (15.5 MiB)  TX bytes:1593418 (1.5 MiB)
              Interrupt:18 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:6748 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:6748 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:4697144 (4.4 MiB)  TX bytes:4697144 (4.4 MiB)
    
    wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1B:11:BC:BC:AE  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
    
    wmaster0  Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-1B-11-BC-BC-AE-E8-84-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00  
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
    
    5) This is what it see's in the area -
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:17:9A:2A:B6:08
                        ESSID:"MicroNet"
                        Mode:Master
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Channel:6
                        Quality=54/100  Signal level=-63 dBm  Noise level=-98 dBm
                        Encryption key:on
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                        Group Cipher : TKIP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                        12 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                        48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Extra:tsf=000001f670f1ae65
              Cell 02 - Address: 00:18:39:C1:B9:B3
                        ESSID:"pardeep"
                        Mode:Master
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Channel:6
                        Quality=14/100  Signal level=-89 dBm  Noise level=-98 dBm
                        Encryption key:on
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                        Group Cipher : CCMP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : CCMP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                        24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                        12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Extra:tsf=0000006299a7a63a
              Cell 03 - Address: 00:12:88:DD:6D:91
                        ESSID:"2WIRE155"
                        Mode:Master
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Channel:6
                        Quality=14/100  Signal level=-88 dBm  Noise level=-97 dBm
                        Encryption key:on
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                        9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
                        48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Extra:tsf=0000005af3b8af3c
              Cell 04 - Address: 00:0B:85:5C:E9:3F
                        ESSID:""
                        Mode:Master
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Channel:6
                        Quality=21/100  Signal level=-83 dBm  Noise level=-97 dBm
                        Encryption key:on
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                        Group Cipher : TKIP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (2) : TKIP CCMP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : 802.1x
                        IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                        Group Cipher : TKIP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (2) : TKIP CCMP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : 802.1x
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                        9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
                        48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Extra:tsf=00000006d754a314
    
    I think it's working but not sure... it sees my network at the top. When I do the stuff suggested from MiketBob it failes -
    
    lsmod |grep ath
    bash: lsmod: command not found
    
    Haven't tried to build anything yet... I could do it with a walk through if you have time?

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    how do I unpack the driver I'm in the director where I have downloaded it to and this is the file - madwifi-0.9.4.tar.gz

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    I wouldn't install anything just yet, it appears that you have a valid driver installed already or you wouldn't be able to see the Networks available, I think Fedora included something that works, but it isn't madwifi.
    You should be able to go into the network tool (system-config-network) and create a new Wireless connection, you'll have to shutdown the Wired connection before it will work.
    ifconfig eth1 down
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    ok, that's what I thought. I did notice that the ath5k was listed so I think it already included it. I'm going to unplug from the internet and try to get it configured.

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    Just to see what the heck is going on, post the output of these two commands.
    Code:
    /sbin/lspci -nn
    /sbin/lsmod
    This is assuming that your wireless is not a USB wireless.
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    ok, I tried to activate it and it gives me this code -
    Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.

    ...gonna search the web brb...

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