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- Join Date
- Oct 2008
Stupidly complex wireless set up.
I've spent the last couple of days trying to set up a wireless connection to an encrypted network at my Uni, but I refuse to go to the IT services guys - just because I'm too stubborn.
After adding a WPA Supplicant config file, when I go on to use the 'wpa_supplicant' command in terminal, I always get given the response that my driver is not supported.
So far I have been putting in my Interface name (card name) as 'ath0' and I have been, up until now, pretty sure that that driver name was 'ath_pci' ... but I'm guessing that is probably wrong as Linux isn't liking me at the moment.
I know that wireless works since I am currently using it on the Uni's unencrypted/more restricting wireless network. The configuration of which using 'Interface: Wifi 802.11g (ath0)' / 'Driver: 11g_ath_pci' (and I have also tried using the name 11g_ath_pci as my driver name too).
If I am correct (and my knowledge of Linux is pretty poor), ath_pci is a name used by Madwifi for its Atheros drivers???
So in short ... what the hell is my Wireless card driver name if it isn't ath_pci/11g_ath_pci/Madwifi?
Cheers in advanced
PS ... to give you some more info to work on. These are the instructions my Uni gives. So far I've tried both install types, manual seems to easier as it gives me more feedback.
I can give you more info if you need but I am ... reasonably ... confident that ath0 is the interface name and the driver is Madwifi, it is just something about the driver name I am inputting that is wrong.
- Join Date
- Jul 2008
I am no wireless expert, but I know what commands the experts here will ask you to use and then post the results from terminal in your next post. They are going to be:
dmesg | grep firmware
lsusb (that is lower case L for first letter)
Open a Termiunal and post the outputs on the terminal screen in your next post. Better members than me will be able to help you out better then.
P.s. Include your distro and kernel and computer specs for best results. To get kernel version type into terminal
Good luck.I refuse to let fear and fear of others rule my life. It puts my humanity at risk.
Accepting Death is the only way to stay alive.
- Join Date
- Jul 2004
Thanks rokytnji, you're right on the money.
PasserBy9: It is useless to try and help until you provide the info that was asked for.Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.
- Join Date
- Oct 2008
Sorry, yes - I should have thought about that!
The system is Linpus (Acer's Fedora based own operating system) with the Kernel being 126.96.36.199lw. The laptop is one of the Acer Aspire One - 1.6GHz, 512MB memory, 8Gig Flash Hard Drive with an Atheros Wireless Card (it says Atheros AR5BXB63 on the back - I read somewhere that sometimes the AR500x stuff sometimes gets misidentified on the system, not sure if it is true here but the system says it is an AR5006EG on the PCI output).
I'm guessing you can all probably figure out the rest of the specs from looking at the PCI list, I have no USB attachments except for a webcam so I won't bother adding that list.
Terminal results as follows ...
Module List (lsmod)
Module Size Used by aufs 95956 3 wlan_tkip 8384 0 wlan_ccmp 4480 0 wlan_xauth 640 0 wlan_wep 3904 0 wlan_acl 2048 0 wlan_scan_sta 7232 1 fastoffdrv 768 0 [permanent] sdhci 9292 0 mmc_core 14852 1 sdhci pciehp 22232 0 pci_hotplug 7688 1 pciehp cpufreq_conservative 3080 0 cpufreq_userspace 1388 0 cpufreq_powersave 640 0 cpufreq_stats 2256 0 cpufreq_ondemand 3532 1 acpi_cpufreq 3604 1 freq_table 1608 3 cpufreq_stats,cpufreq_ondemand,acpi_cpufreq jmb38x_xd 3776 0 xd_card 18696 1 jmb38x_xd flash_bd 5056 1 xd_card mspro_block 9860 0 jmb38x_ms 4484 0 memstick 4292 2 mspro_block,jmb38x_ms snd_hda_intel 163404 1 fmaud 142820 1 snd_hda_intel snd_seq_oss 20160 0 snd_seq_midi_event 3008 1 snd_seq_oss snd_seq 27920 4 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event uvcvideo 39752 0 snd_seq_device 3468 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq compat_ioctl32 640 1 uvcvideo videodev 20928 1 uvcvideo ath_pci 68256 0 v4l1_compat 10500 2 uvcvideo,videodev v4l2_common 10688 2 uvcvideo,videodev snd_pcm_oss 26208 0 ath_rate_atheros 23424 1 ath_pci wlan 126744 9 wlan_tkip,wlan_ccmp,wlan_xauth,wlan_wep,wlan_acl,wlan_scan_sta,ath_pci,ath_rate_atheros rng_core 2180 0 ath_dfs 25796 1 ath_pci ath_hal 147200 3 ath_pci,ath_rate_atheros r8101 16400 0 snd_pcm 41028 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss uhci_hcd 13644 0 snd_timer 11012 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm snd_page_alloc 4168 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm battery 6472 0 video 10896 0 backlight 1860 1 video thermal 8092 0 button 3536 0 output 1280 1 video processor 18624 2 acpi_cpufreq,thermal ac 2116 0 snd_mixer_oss 9856 2 snd_pcm_oss snd 27236 8 snd_hda_intel,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_mixer_oss soundcore 2976 2 snd usb_storage 34656 0 ehci_hcd 20300 0 atkbd 8912 0 psmouse 13320 0
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03) 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) HD Audio Controller: Realtek ALC662G/268 (rev 02) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02) 00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02) 00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02) 00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02) 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02) 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02) 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02) 00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02) 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02) 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02) 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02) 02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02) 03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros AR5006EG 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
dmesg | grep ath
ath_rate_atheros: Version 2.0.1 ath_rate_atheros: driver unloaded ath_rate_atheros: Version 2.0.1 [root@localhost ~]# dmesg | grep ath ath_hal: module license 'Proprietary' taints kernel. ath_hal: 0.9.17.1 (AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413) ath_dfs: Version 2.0.0 ath_rate_atheros: Version 2.0.1 ath_pci: 0.9.4.5 (Atheros/multi-bss) ath_pci: Acer-188.8.131.52-2008-June-13 <ath_vap_create> sc_softled = 0 ath_vap_create: LED ON ath_stop_locked: LED OFF 2 ath_stop_locked: LED OFF 2 ath_pci: driver unloaded ath_rate_atheros: driver unloaded ath_dfs: driver unloaded ath_hal: driver unloaded ath_hal: 0.9.17.1 (AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413) ath_dfs: Version 2.0.0 ath_rate_atheros: Version 2.0.1 ath_pci: 0.9.4.5 (Atheros/multi-bss) ath_pci: Acer-184.108.40.206-2008-June-13 <ath_vap_create> sc_softled = 0 ath_vap_create: LED ON ath_stop_locked: LED OFF 2
wlan: 0.8.4.2 (Atheros/multi-bss) wlan: mac acl policy registered wlan: mac acl policy unregistered wlan: driver unloaded wlan: 0.8.4.2 (Atheros/multi-bss) wlan: mac acl policy registered
I feel like I have just spammed the forum with all my information, I should probably stop otherwise I'll end up giving out my Bank Account details and Mother's maiden name!
Just say if I left something useful out or if I searched for the wrong thing in the 'dmesg' search.
- Join Date
- Jul 2004
This is your wireless card, as Linux sees it:
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros AR5006EG 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
Module Size Used by wlan_tkip 8384 0 wlan_ccmp 4480 0 wlan_xauth 640 0 wlan_wep 3904 0 wlan_acl 2048 0 wlan_scan_sta 7232 1 ath_pci 68256 0 ath_rate_atheros 23424 1 ath_pci wlan 126744 9 wlan_tkip,wlan_ccmp,wlan_xauth,wlan_wep,wlan_acl,wlan_scan_sta,ath_pci,ath_rate_atheros ath_dfs 25796 1 ath_pci ath_hal 147200 3 ath_pci,ath_rate_atheros
Have you configured the wireless as a new network card? If it is similar to Fedora ( I think it is) you want to run the Network program from the main menu. When that opens, your network connections should be listed. The wireless will be either wlan0 or ath0. Click on it to highlight it, and then click on the "Edit" icon on the top. In this section, you want to select these choices:
-Controlled by NetworkManager
-Allow All Users To Enable and Disable This Device
-Automatically obtain IP address settings with DHCP
-Automatically obtain DNS information from provider
Once that is done, close that window, and save the new settings with File--->Save. Now click the green "Activate" button at the top. You now may need to reboot.
After the reboot, there should be an icon in the system tray (taskbar) for the NetworkManager. Right click it to make sure "Enable Wireless" is checked. Now left click to see a list of available networks. You can click on it to connect.
If there is a password, it should ask to save it either in a keyring manager, or KWallet. Say yes, and give the keyring/Wallet a password of it's own. Now all future passwords will also be saved, and accessed with a single password. No more remembering multiple wireless passwords.
My instructions are for Fedora, so Linpus may be a bit different.
If there are still connection problems, you may need to install an updated driver. Let me know how it works out.Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.