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  1. #1

    [SOLVED] wireless doesn't work

    Hello friends! I can't get my wireless card working. I'm using debian. this is the output of lspci

    Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter
    I'm trying with madwifi. And when i type "make" i get this error

    jesus:/home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4# make
    Checking requirements... ok.
    Checking kernel configuration... ok.
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686/build SUBDIRS=/home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4 modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-686'
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath/if_ath.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath/if_ath_pci.o
      LD [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath/ath_pci.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_hal/ah_os.o
      HOSTCC  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_hal/uudecode
      UUDECODE /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_hal/i386-elf.hal.o
      LD [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_hal/ath_hal.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_rate/amrr/amrr.o
      LD [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_rate/amrr/ath_rate_amrr.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_rate/minstrel/minstrel.o
      LD [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_rate/minstrel/ath_rate_minstrel.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_rate/onoe/onoe.o
      LD [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_rate/onoe/ath_rate_onoe.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_rate/sample/sample.o
      LD [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/ath_rate/sample/ath_rate_sample.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/if_media.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_beacon.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_crypto.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_crypto_none.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_input.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_node.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_output.o
      CC [M]  /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_power.o
    /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_power.c: In function 'ieee80211_pwrsave':
    /home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_power.c:240: error: implicit declaration of function '__skb_append'
    make[3]: *** [/home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211/ieee80211_power.o] Error 1
    make[2]: *** [/home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4/net80211] Error 2
    make[1]: *** [_module_/home/jesus/madwifi-0.9.4] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-686'
    make: *** [modules] Error 2
    What can i do??
    Thank you very much!

  2. #2
    I solved the problem with madwifi-0.9.4 branch. But when i finished with "modprobe ath_pci", it doesn't work, even restarting the computer....

    What's the problem?

  3. #3
    Does the PC restart instantly or make some timeout before restarting?

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  5. #4
    Administrator MikeTbob's Avatar
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    You do not need madwifi, you need either ath5k or ath9k which are both provided with the kernel now.
    I do not respond to private messages asking for Linux help, Please keep it on the forums only.
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  6. #5
    Linux Newbie previso's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Is this by any chance a Dell laptop? If, then better off w/ NDISWRAPPER.

  7. #6
    Ok, i've solved the problem installing ubuntu, which loads automatically the driver. But which distro of Linux do you recommend me? Ubunto or Debian?

    Thank you very much

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    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
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    Mason Texas
    Ubuntu or Mint are the top 2 choices on, and are good starting places for linux newbies. If you go to, they have over 600 distro's available, and a search function that can help you decide which ones to try. Have fun.
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