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    Madwifi and FC9

    Has anyone had any luck installing the madwifi driver on fc9 (specifically 2.6.25-14.fc9.i586)?

    There doesn't seem to be much of any support with this kernel. I've ran the driver with FC8 with very little problems..but I can't seem to find anything with this kernel. I've got an AR5212 based card.

    Any help would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks in advance

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    Anyone? ....anyone at all? I'm at my wits end.

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    I'm also curious. I was contemplating getting a PCI-based wireless card that has the AR5212 Atheros chip. It's a D-Link DWA-2320 wireless card with a PCI bus.

    As far as I know it uses the Madwifi driver but that's about all I can speculate on. I thought it might work 'out of the box' because that's what I've read. It is shown as being supported or the required drivers/firmware(?) is built-in but I was hoping to confirm. I hope you will get some replies, OP, because I've had problems with USB-based wireless adapters and was hoping I could find a PCI one that would work without issues so I can stop fighting with this.

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    I've used the MadWifi driver for my AR5007EG card with F10. I had no trouble but with recent kernel updates, it hasn't been necessary as the ath5k did it for me

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    How did you get it to work if you don't mind me asking? The PCI card I'm looking at looks like it could use the ath5k driver. I checked out these pages:

    http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/ath5k

    http://madwifi-project.org/wiki/About/ath5k

    To be honest, I'm not sure what one is supposed to do to 'enable' / configure the hardware using that driver. I read it but still found it somewhat confusing. You have the option of compiling a kernel or trying an experimental release?

    Btw, how is the driver working for you? I hope it's a good connection.

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    Oh, one more thing: do you recommend using a card that has the Atheros AR5212 chip (using MadWifi or ath5k) OR

    one that has the Ralink chip, RT61 or Rt2x00 driver (these are built in the newer / more recent Linux kernel?)?

    I thought maybe the Ralink one might be easier or no difference in configuration experience?

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    I have an article written for what I think is a different atheros card, the AR5007EG.
    http://home.roadrunner.com/~computer...less.html#5007

    It gives some methods for determining your card.
    Wireless is always a gamble it seems, usually (but not always) the longer a card has been around, the more likely you are to have it supported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodbdts

    Has anyone had any luck installing the madwifi driver on fc9 (specifically 2.6.25-14.fc9.i586)?
    Hello dodbdts,

    That's the original F9 kernel from when it was released last May. Have you ever considered updating the kernel? Maybe that would change things for your wireless situation.

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    So anyway, I attempted to update the kernel with fc9 and the system ended up with unexpected..bad...results. I went back to the original kernel and apparently quite a few files were messed up....

    So, I decided to step it up and format the system and throw Fedora Core 10 on to the box instead. I then went ahead and downloaded madwifi-0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10.i386.rpm and tried to do an rpm -ivh and got these results:

    warning: madwifi-0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10.i386.rpm: Header V4 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 66534c2b

    error: Failed dependencies:
    madwifi-kmdl-1:0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10 is needed by madwifi-1:0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10.i386

    I then downloaded and attempted an rpm -ivh on madwifi-kmdl-2.6.27.5-117.fc10.i586-0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10.i586.rpm and received error:

    error: Failed dependencies:
    madwifi-hal-kmdl-2.6.27.5=-117.fc10.i586 = 1:0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10 is needed by madwifi-kmdl-2.6.27.5-117.fc10.i586-1:0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10.i586

    sooooo, I then tried doing an rpm -ivh on file madwifi-hal-kmdl-2.6.27.5-117.fc10.i586-0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10.i586.rpm and got:

    error: Failed dependencies:
    madwifi-kmdl-2.6.27.5-117.fc10.i586 = 1:0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10 is needed by madwifi-hal-kmdl-2.6.27.5-117.fc10.i586-1:0.9.5-42_r3771.fc10.i586

    I don't understand this...I tried to install the kernel module..and the hal kernel module back as a dependency..then tried to install the hal kernel module and the kernel module came back as a dependency? am i correct in my thinking?

    I've also tried doing a yum install madwifi madwifi-kmdl-`uname -r` but no packages were found to install.

    Can anyone help me with this at all? I've currently got Fedora 10 with kernel 2.6.27.5-117.fc10.i586 thanks

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    I had kernel F9 update hose my wireless, it would only associate with an AP that had a high signal strength.
    For a month or two I just booted the previous kernel and everything was fine.

    Ath5k didn't work for my device when it was first released but support was added.
    There were changes to the kernel and they impaired madwifi, it has something to do with the changes to hal.

    Although ath5k is not as fast it seems to have a improved ability to remain associated.
    To switch to ath5k uninstall madwifi.

    in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    add
    blacklist ath_pci
    blacklist ath_hal

    Then
    modprobe ath5k

    You shouldn't need to do this on a fresh install of F9

    EDIT:
    BTW your chipset is supported by ath5k
    http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Dr...supportedchips
    Last edited by nyjetshead; 8th December 2008 at 11:48 PM. Reason: More info:

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    Thank you for the response.

    However, my ultimate goal is to put the wireless card into Master mode (and act as an AP)...and I need the madwifi driver in order to get this up and running. The ath5k driver does not support my card in master mode...unfortunately :-(

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    If you have the livna repository enabled;
    yum kmod-madwifi
    This always worked in the past.

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    Just tried yum install kmod-madwifi and got


    Setting up Install Process
    Parsing package install arguments
    No package kmod-madwifi available.
    Nothing to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyjetshead

    If you have the livna repository enabled;
    yum kmod-madwifi
    Quote Originally Posted by dodbdts

    Just tried yum install kmod-madwifi and got

    Setting up Install Process
    Parsing package install arguments
    No package kmod-madwifi available.
    Nothing to do
    Hello again dodbdts and nyjetshead,

    The kmod-madwifi package(s) are in the rpmfusion-nonfree repo nowadays.

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    The kmod-madwifi package(s) are in the rpmfusion-nonfree repo nowadays.
    What's past is past..
    Thanks for the info stoat!

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