[Comm-en] Aetheros Card (D-Link DWL 650)

Alexander Bokovoy ab at altlinux.org
Thu Jul 1 15:03:59 MSD 2004

On Wed, Jun 30, 2004 at 09:37:59AM +0400, Richard Hainsworth wrote:
> I have a new D-Link pcmcia card which has the Aethoros chip set. My
> distro is Compact 2.3
> I used cardctl to get the card information to get
> PRODID_1="Atheros Communications, Inc."
> PRODID_2="AR5001-0000-0000"
> PRODID_3="Wireless LAN Reference Card"
> PRODID_4="00"
> MANFID=0271,0012
> Then I updated the file /etc/pcmcia/config with
> card "Atheros Communications, Inc."
> manfid 0271,0012
> bind airo_cs

I don't see this PCI ID in the madwifi driver:
        { 0x168c, 0x0007, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID },
        { 0x168c, 0x0012, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID },
        { 0x168c, 0x0013, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID },
        { 0xa727, 0x0013, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID },     /* 3com */
        { 0x10b7, 0x0013, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID },     /* 3com	3CRDAG675 */
        { 0x168c, 0x1014, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID },	/* IBM minipci 5212 */

Could you run pciscan -v and send its output here?

> However, I doubt the driver is right.
> The following instructions are part of a receipe I found on the net for
> redhat 
> cd /lib/modules/{kernel}/madwifi
> insnode wlan.o
> insnode ath_hal.o
> insnode ath_pci.o
> The first two exit without error but the last produces the error on
> stderr and a message in dmesg
> ath_pci.o: init_module: No such device
> and using dmesg:
> ath_pci: BETA (Sam Leffler <sam at errno.com>)
> ath_pci: No devices found, driver not installed.
You don't need to do so. In fact, most work would be something like this:
1. Create /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ath0 as regular for network

2. Install hotplug package. It would allow you to automatically execute
interface creation during card insert (and shut the interface down when
card is removed).

3. Make sure that your PCI ID for the card is known by the driver. I would
suggest you to send pciscan -v output here first and then we'll decide how
to go.
/ Alexander Bokovoy
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