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Old 25th September 2008, 06:16 PM
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AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter, fedora 9 x86_64

Hi guys, I have a problem with my laptop acer aspire 4520 and this is that my wireles does not work. I have installed madwifi-0.9.4-1.lvn9.x86_64 and does not happen nothing.

Please help me.
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Old 26th September 2008, 04:00 PM
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I had such a horrible time getting this card to work on my Aspire 4520, I will tell you how I got mine working after 2 weeks of trying. Before anything you need to blacklist ath5k.

YOU MUST BLACKLIST ATH5K OR THIS DEVICE WILL NOT WORK!
Code:
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
THEN ADD THE FOLLOWING LINE TO THE LIST:
Code:
blacklist ath5k
After blacklisting the driver reboot the computer and continue installing the driver.

#1) You need to uninstall the madwifi that you installed from livna because it will not work.
Code:
sudo yum remove madwifi
#2) Download and unpack this snapshot from madwifi to your home directory:

http://snapshots.madwifi.org/madwifi...0080903.tar.gz

#3) cd into the madwifi folder you unpacked into your home directory:
Code:
cd madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3861-20080903
#4) cd into the scripts folder and run the following scripts and cd back into your home directory like so:
Code:
cd scripts
./madwifi-unload
./find-madwifi-modules.sh $(uname -r)
cd ..
#5) Compile the driver and install it:
Code:
make
make install
#6) Here is where I had an issue every time when I would modprobe ath_pci it still wouldn't work, you can do this or skip it but I needed to run:
Code:
sudo /sbin/depmod -ae
#7) Then run:
Code:
sudo /sbin/modprobe ath_pci
Afte that you should be able to use Network Manager to connect.

Post any issues you may have while compiling, installing, etc.

I hope this helps!!

Here is the full install manual from madwifi

http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/FirstTimeHowTo
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Old 26th September 2008, 06:41 PM
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Hi, first of all thanks for your help, second, I have done all the latest steps
(and since my account doesnt have permissions of superuser I did all like root), however when I run NetworkManager my wired network stops working, but when I reboot my laptop, the wired network returns working fine.

Here a browse of my blacklist:#
# Listing a module here prevents the hotplug scripts from loading it.
# Usually that'd be so that some other driver will bind it instead,
# no matter which driver happens to get probed first. Sometimes user
# mode tools can also control driver binding.
#
# Syntax: driver name alone (without any spaces) on a line. Other
# lines are ignored.
#

# watchdog drivers
blacklist i8xx_tco

# framebuffer drivers
blacklist aty128fb
blacklist atyfb
blacklist radeonfb
blacklist i810fb
blacklist cirrusfb
blacklist intelfb
blacklist kyrofb
blacklist i2c-matroxfb
blacklist hgafb
blacklist nvidiafb
blacklist rivafb
blacklist savagefb
blacklist sstfb
blacklist neofb
blacklist tridentfb
blacklist tdfxfb
blacklist virgefb
blacklist vga16fb
blacklist ath5k

# ISDN - see bugs 154799, 159068
blacklist hisax
blacklist hisax_fcpcipnpacklist ath5k
################################################## ############################

also when I do: uname -r the result is:
2.6.26.3-29.fc9.x86_64

and I could see that link on the madwifi page is for debian users.

Please help me rambo3543.
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Old 26th September 2008, 09:58 PM
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I didn't notice before that you are running x64, I'm not sure if this driver is even suppoesed to work, the link I gave you isn't associated with any distro, its just a tarball. Let me do some research
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Old 26th September 2008, 10:28 PM
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It works for Fedora 9 x86_64 with the latest Madwifi drivers
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Old 26th September 2008, 10:37 PM
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It works on Fedora 9 x86_64.

Use the driver madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3861-20080903.

Go to http://snapshots.madwifi.org to download the driver.

Send email to agile <dot> aspect< at> gmail.com if you have questions.

This web interface sucks.
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Old 27th September 2008, 03:42 AM
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Try the driver Agile suggested and follow the instructions I left for the last driver, please post question you have to the forum so others can help and so your experience can help others, private messaging won't help others Agile.
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Old 27th September 2008, 10:14 AM
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I have a slightly more detailed version of rambo's excellent instructions at http://home.nyc.rr.com/computertaiju...less.html#5007

Yes, it works on x86_64 now, it has for awhile. Better yet, in the 2.6.27 kernels, it will work with the ath5k drivers that come with the kernel, eliminating the need for the madwifi stuff.

Last note--on my page I mention using Livna--they've had a few issues lately, so they're a little behind right now. Don't use livna right now, though I suspect if you wait a few more days, they'll be back to being completely up and running. (There are some posts around by some of the Livna folks, and it looks as if they're almost back to normal.)
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Old 29th September 2008, 11:51 AM
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ok, if I decide to wait for the solution that will come with the kernel 2.6.27, what thing I have to do with the madwifi what I have installed on my laptop?
pick out of the balcklist ath5k, and
rm madwifi-[version] ? or another thing is necessary?
Thank you.
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Old 29th September 2008, 11:53 AM
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If you installed a madwifi from rpm then

yum remove madwifi
If you downloaded the snapshot and compiled it, then cd into the directory that was created when you decompressed it and type
make uninstall

Also, yes, you will remove ath5k from the blacklist.
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Old 29th September 2008, 11:56 AM
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hahahahaha ok I recently I have seem the procedure to uninstall madwifi in your homepage scottro.

Thanks to everyone.
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Old 30th September 2008, 05:07 PM
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Hi, after write
sudo /sbin/modprobe ath_pci
it reply
WARNING: /etc/modprobe.d/.swp line 1: ingoring bad line starting with 'b0VIM'
Please do you know what is mean?
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Old 30th September 2008, 05:58 PM
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It realy work! Oh thank you Rambo!
Can I translate your tutorial and put it into czech fedoraforum? There isn't any.
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Old 1st October 2008, 05:48 AM
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come to me new kernel!!!!

yes, I am still wating for the new kernel.
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Old 1st October 2008, 05:42 PM
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Post away but my reference is the madwifi install page, I just added the depmod because for some reason it didn't work properly.
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