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Having real problems getting N150 wireless adaptor to work on AMD64 Athlon 3500+ desktop machine running CentOS 6.3 Desktop (plus additional packages for server operation). The adaptor is simply not ...
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    NetGear N150 Wireless USB Adaptor fails to initialise


    Having real problems getting N150 wireless adaptor to work on AMD64 Athlon 3500+ desktop machine running CentOS 6.3 Desktop (plus additional packages for server operation).

    The adaptor is simply not being recognised, despite running well on Ubuntu 12.04 on the same machine!

    Code:
    =========== lspci ============
    00:00.0 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 Host Bridge [10de:02f0] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:00.1 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 Memory Controller 0 [10de:02fa] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:00.2 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 Memory Controller 1 [10de:02fe] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:00.3 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 Memory Controller 5 [10de:02f8] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:00.4 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 Memory Controller 4 [10de:02f9] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:00.5 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 Host Bridge [10de:02ff] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:00.6 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 Memory Controller 3 [10de:027f] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:00.7 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 Memory Controller 2 [10de:027e] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:02.0 PCI bridge [0604]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 PCI Express Bridge [10de:02fc] (rev a1)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:04.0 PCI bridge [0604]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 PCI Express Bridge [10de:02fb] (rev a1)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation C51 [GeForce 6150 LE] [10de:0241] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: nouveau
    	Kernel modules: nouveau, nvidiafb
    00:09.0 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 Host Bridge [10de:0270] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:0a.0 ISA bridge [0601]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 LPC Bridge [10de:0260] (rev a3)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:0a.1 SMBus [0c05]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 SMBus [10de:0264] (rev a3)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: nForce2_smbus
    	Kernel modules: i2c-nforce2
    00:0a.2 RAM memory [0500]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 Memory Controller 0 [10de:0272] (rev a3)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    00:0b.0 USB controller [0c03]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 USB Controller [10de:026d] (rev a3)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:0b.1 USB controller [0c03]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 USB Controller [10de:026e] (rev a3)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:0d.0 IDE interface [0101]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 IDE [10de:0265] (rev a1)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: pata_amd
    	Kernel modules: ata_generic, pata_acpi, pata_amd
    00:0e.0 IDE interface [0101]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 Serial ATA Controller [10de:0266] (rev a1)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: sata_nv
    	Kernel modules: ata_generic, pata_acpi, sata_nv
    00:0f.0 IDE interface [0101]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 Serial ATA Controller [10de:0267] (rev a1)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: sata_nv
    	Kernel modules: ata_generic, pata_acpi, sata_nv
    00:10.0 PCI bridge [0604]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 PCI Bridge [10de:026f] (rev a2)
    00:10.1 Audio device [0403]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 High Definition Audio [10de:026c] (rev a2)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
    	Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:14.0 Bridge [0680]: NVIDIA Corporation MCP51 Ethernet Controller [10de:0269] (rev a3)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: forcedeth
    	Kernel modules: forcedeth
    00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration [1022:1100]
    00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map [1022:1101]
    00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller [1022:1102]
    	Kernel modules: amd64_edac_mod
    00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1103]
    	Kernel driver in use: k8temp
    	Kernel modules: k8temp
    03:05.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: LSI Corporation FW322/323 [TrueFire] 1394a Controller [11c1:5811] (rev 70)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:2a34]
    	Kernel driver in use: firewire_ohci
    	Kernel modules: firewire-ohci
    
    ============ lsusb ============
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0846:9030 NetGear, Inc. WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 [Atheros AR9271]
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:0111 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Card Reader
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 1bcf:0007 Sunplus Innovation Technology Inc. Optical Mouse
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 126f:0161 TwinMOS 
    
    ============ lsmod ============
    Module                  Size  Used by
    vfat                   10776  1 
    fat                    55184  1 vfat
    fuse                   66891  2 
    autofs4                27212  3 
    sunrpc                263516  1 
    cpufreq_ondemand       10544  1 
    powernow_k8            18267  0 
    freq_table              4881  2 cpufreq_ondemand,powernow_k8
    mperf                   1557  1 powernow_k8
    ipt_REJECT              2351  2 
    nf_conntrack_ipv4       9506  2 
    nf_defrag_ipv4          1483  1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
    iptable_filter          2793  1 
    ip_tables              17831  1 iptable_filter
    ip6t_REJECT             4628  2 
    nf_conntrack_ipv6       8748  2 
    nf_defrag_ipv6         12182  1 nf_conntrack_ipv6
    xt_state                1492  4 
    nf_conntrack           79453  3 nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ipv6,xt_state
    ip6table_filter         2889  1 
    ip6_tables             19458  1 ip6table_filter
    ipv6                  322541  35 ip6t_REJECT,nf_conntrack_ipv6,nf_defrag_ipv6
    uinput                  8216  0 
    microcode             112653  0 
    sg                     30124  0 
    snd_hda_codec_realtek   125334  1 
    snd_hda_intel          26973  4 
    snd_hda_codec         112048  2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep               6780  1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq                56591  0 
    snd_seq_device          6596  1 snd_seq
    snd_pcm                85828  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_timer              23057  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    snd                    71339  16 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm,snd_timer
    soundcore               8086  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc          8630  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    k8temp                  3901  0 
    edac_core              46773  0 
    edac_mce_amd           15488  0 
    forcedeth              55763  0 
    i2c_nforce2             6904  0 
    ext4                  371331  3 
    mbcache                 8144  1 ext4
    jbd2                   93312  1 ext4
    firewire_ohci          24901  0 
    firewire_core          51229  1 firewire_ohci
    crc_itu_t               1717  1 firewire_core
    sd_mod                 39488  5 
    crc_t10dif              1541  1 sd_mod
    sr_mod                 16228  0 
    cdrom                  39803  1 sr_mod
    usb_storage            49452  1 
    sata_nv                23471  2 
    ata_generic             3837  0 
    pata_acpi               3701  0 
    pata_amd               11996  0 
    nouveau               791165  3 
    ttm                    82562  1 nouveau
    drm_kms_helper         34122  1 nouveau
    drm                   250067  5 nouveau,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_core               31276  4 i2c_nforce2,nouveau,drm_kms_helper,drm
    mxm_wmi                 1925  1 nouveau
    video                  21032  1 nouveau
    output                  2505  1 video
    wmi                     6287  2 nouveau,mxm_wmi
    dm_mirror              14101  0 
    dm_region_hash         12170  1 dm_mirror
    dm_log                 10122  2 dm_mirror,dm_region_hash
    dm_mod                 81692  11 dm_mirror,dm_log
    
    ============ dmesg-firmware ============
    platform microcode: firmware: requesting amd-ucode/microcode_amd.bin
    
    ============ kernel version ============
    2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64
    
    ============ ifconfig ============
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:18:F3:56:58:84  
              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)
              Interrupt:23 Base address:0xa000 
    
    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:306 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:306 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:300115 (293.0 KiB)  TX bytes:300115 (293.0 KiB)
    
    
    ============ iwconfig ============
    Would be grateful for any help with this problem.
    Last edited by Dequ; 07-18-2012 at 05:39 PM.

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    Just to get you started. I am not a rpm user so I usually go to debian for info.

    ath9k_htc - Debian Wiki

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    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0846:9030 NetGear, Inc. WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 [Atheros AR9271]
    I know CentOS default kernel is not

    ath9k_htc is a driver supporting Atheros 802.11n USB chipsets, included in the mainline Linux kernel since version 2.6.35. Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.
    Because you show

    Code:
    ============ kernel version ============
    2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64
    Hence the reason

    despite running well on Ubuntu 12.04 on the same machine!
    So I hope that gives you a better understanding of how Linux works. Now for installing the firmware and driver in CentOS. I would just be guessing here so hopefully someone else reading this will see my info and get you going that runs a rpm distro.

    /var/www/html/linux/RPM/centos/6.3/x86_64/lib_modules_2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64_kernel_drivers_net_wireless_ath_ath 9k_Tree.html

    I don't how how you should use my above link for installing ath9k in CentOS 6.3. So be patient. Maybe another member can give you a how to.
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    Thanks for the start, I will try to find a way to install this driver in CentOS.
    Oddly enough, I just downloaded and image for Debian as an alternative if i cant get CentOS working in the next day or so! But I am loath to do so, I am really liking the CentOS desktop and I am able to find my way around very easily. Seems like a good distribution for learning Linux.

    If anybody can help with this install on CentOS I would be very grateful.

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    I will try to find a way to install this driver in CentOS
    This thread looks promising

    https://www.centos.org/modules/newbb...37243&forum=57

    Good Luck.
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    I got a series of answers in the CentOS Forum.... see CentOS 6 - Hardware - N150 Adaptor
    But thanks for the leads.

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