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Old 29th March 2006, 04:03 PM
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fc5 / t43p / atheros wifi / madwifi help?

Hi,
I have been following the instructions from madwifi http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/FirstTimeHowTo and have the atheros wifi card now appearing in system-config-network but it appears as an "ethernet" card rather than a wireless, so I dont have the options to set essid and wep etc like i could with fedora core 4. What am i doing wrong?? Thanks for any suggestions!

holr
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Old 29th March 2006, 07:09 PM
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Maybe this helps?
http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/Distro/RedHat
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Old 30th March 2006, 02:16 PM
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hi, thanks for the suggestion!
i tried following the instructions and it all went fine (can access atrpms etc) until i did "yum install madwifi" and i get this output...

[root@localhost huw]# yum install madwifi
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
atrpms [1/5]
livna [2/5]
core [3/5]
updates [4/5]
extras [5/5]
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
Resolving Dependencies
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Package madwifi.i386 0:0.9.6.0-20.rhfc5.at set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: madwifi-kmdl-0.9.6.0-20.rhfc5.at for package: madwifi--> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Package madwifi-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5.i686 0:0.9.6.0-20.rhfc5.at set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5 for package: madwifi-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5
Importing additional filelist information
--> Processing Dependency: madwifi-hal-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5 = 0.9.6.0-20.rhfc5.at for package: madwifi-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5
--> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Package madwifi-hal-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5.i686 0:0.9.6.0-20.rhfc5.at set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5 for package: madwifi-hal-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5
--> Processing Dependency: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5 for package: madwifi-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Missing Dependency: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5 is needed by package madwifi-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5
Error: Missing Dependency: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5 is needed by package madwifi-hal-kmdl-2.6.16-1.2069_FC5
[root@localhost huw]#

ok so I assume I need to update my kernel, but I already did a "yum upgrade" which gave me kernel 2080? Do i need to install an old one to get the madwifi to work?

thanks!!!
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Old 30th March 2006, 02:24 PM
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Take care with atrpms. That repo will happily overwrite core packages with their own versions, making the official repositories useless. atrpms is more of a distribution in it's own right.

My atrpms yum config has

Code:
enabled=0
to make sure that it doesn't get used unless I specifically enable it in my yum command.

Duncan
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Old 30th March 2006, 11:03 PM
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thanks for the suggestion about atrpms! I was getting some strange errors after updating with them.... there appeared to be a madwifi package on livna so I tried theirs, it installed with the dependancies fine, however, when I tried modprobing ath_pci nothing, and after a restart there isnt any extra coming up in the hardware section of system-config-network. Could it be that core 5 is too new for the madwifi stuff? I could get it running lovely off of yum on fc4...
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Old 1st April 2006, 05:48 AM
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You probably need the ipw2200-firmware. You can get it from freshrpms.
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Old 3rd April 2006, 03:32 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pboutach
You probably need the ipw2200-firmware. You can get it from freshrpms.
hi! thanks for the reply, unfortunately im using the atheros wifi card, not an intel one.... boot good news! I managed to figure it out, thanks to this excellent guide at:

http://fedoramobile.org/fc-wireless/...-yum-and-livna
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Old 28th April 2006, 03:16 PM
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just in reply, the website has gone down on me once or twice, so heres a cut-and-paste job:

Fedora Core 5

1. Update your system

su -c "yum update"

If your kernel was among the items updated you will want to reboot.
2. Install the kernel module and other parts

su -c "yum install madwifi kmod-madwifi"

This installs the Kernel Module Module for a standard kernel. There are 4 versions available for i386 kmod-madwifi kmod-madwifi-kdump kmod-madwifi-smp kmod-madwifi-xen0
3. Add the following lines to your /etc/modprobe.conf as root

## Start Atheros Stuff
alias wifi0 ath_pci
alias ath0 ath_pci
options ath_pci autocreate=sta
## End Atheros Stuff

if "alias wifi0 ath_pci" is listed already please omit it from your addition.
4. Reboot
5. Configure your ath0 wireless card normally

su -c "system-config-network"

Fedora Core 4 and older

1. Update your system

su -c "yum update"

If your kernel was among the items updated you will want to reboot.
2. Use an ordered list

su -c "yum install madwifi kernel-module-madwifi-$(uname -r)"

3. Reboot
4. Configure your wireless card normally

su -c "system-config-network"
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