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    Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    Quote Originally Posted by libby-martian View Post
    btw here are the last lines of dmesg (holy cow there are a lot of other lines!)

    [ 115.014859] domain 0: span 03
    [ 115.014861] groups: 01 02
    [ 115.014865] CPU1 attaching sched-domain:
    [ 115.014867] domain 0: span 03
    [ 115.014868] groups: 02 01
    [ 120.861711] usb 2-1: new low speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 2
    [ 121.099815] usb 2-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    [ 121.236528] usbcore: registered new interface driver hiddev
    [ 121.251705] input: Microsoft Microsoft 3-Button Mouse with IntelliEye(TM) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.1/usb2/2-1/2-1:1.0/input/input12
    [ 121.285455] input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [Microsoft Microsoft 3-Button Mouse with IntelliEye(TM)] on usb-0000:00:1a.1-1
    [ 121.285682] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbhid
    [ 121.285810] /build/buildd/linux-2.6.24/drivers/hid/usbhid/hid-core.c: v2.6:USB HID core driver
    [ 381.713010] e1000: eth0: e1000_watchdog: NIC Link is Down
    [ 1454.561217] e1000: eth0: e1000_watchdog: NIC Link is Up 100 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: RX/TX
    [ 1454.561228] e1000: eth0: e1000_watchdog: 10/100 speed: disabling TSO
    [ 1454.566081] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready
    [ 1463.223214] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
    [ 1613.785650] e1000: eth0: e1000_watchdog: NIC Link is Down
    [ 1614.239109] e1000: eth0: e1000_watchdog: NIC Link is Up 100 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: RX/TX
    [ 1614.239119] e1000: eth0: e1000_watchdog: 10/100 speed: disabling TSO
    [ 1614.243978] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready
    [ 1617.515657] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
    No sign of MadWifi there. Did you run the script before checking dmesg?

    If MadWifi finds your wifi it shows in dmesg very clearly. First there's something like "ath_hal: 0.9.18.0 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413)", this will show even if you don't have a card supported by MadWifi.

    If you get lines beginning with wifi0 and something like "ath_pci: wifi0: Atheros 5418: mem=0x50100000, irq=17" or "wifi0: Atheros AR5418 chip found (MAC 12.10, PHY SChip 8.1, Radio 12.0)" MadWifi has found your card.

    You can cut out irrelevant lines easily with grep. Using command dmesg | grep wifi0 or dmesg | grep ath_ it will only show interesting lines.

    and oh hey look I found this:

    rio1/input/input9
    [ 29.304968] iwl3945: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
    [ 29.304970] Kill switch must be turned off for wireless networking to work.
    [ 29.313185] iwl3945: WARNING: Requesting MAC access during RFKILL wakes upNIC
    [ 29.323252] iwl3945: WARNING: Requesting MAC access during RFKILL wakes upNIC
    [ 29.343251] iwl3945: WARNING: Requesting MAC access during RFKILL wakes upNIC
    [ 29.370642] iwl3945: WARNING: Requesting MAC access during RFKILL wakes upNIC
    iwl3945 is a driver module for Intel Wireless that comes with 2.6.24 and newer kernels. Is it possible that you have an Intel wifi card? If you don't then you should probably try to blacklist that module.
    Last edited by Kajaste; June 5th, 2008 at 05:09 PM.
    Kaja

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    Exclamation Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    Before version 0.9.6 the script claims that the sources were not updated even if they were. This is because it looks for changes in /usr/src/madwifi/svnversion.h which seemed like a good idea. It wasn't.
    New version checks the output of svn info before and after update. It seemed to contain correct version information.

    To see your version you can ./madwifi.sh --help

    To update to the latest version of the script use wget http://kolmoskone.homelinux.org/~kaja/kamaa/madwifi.sh -O madwifi.sh && chmod +x madwifi.sh

    I'm deeply sorry.
    Kaja

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    Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    I'm trying to use your method but I have to do it the without internet way. Where do I find the .deb files? I can find .tar.gz files for all of the packages listed, but what do I do with those?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    Quote Originally Posted by BMan12 View Post
    I'm trying to use your method but I have to do it the without internet way. Where do I find the .deb files? I can find .tar.gz files for all of the packages listed, but what do I do with those?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    * go to http://packages.ubuntu.com/
    * search package directories
    * use package name as keyword
    * select distribution according to your current version (lsb_release -c)
    * click on the best (usually first) search result
    * scroll down to architecture and select according to your installation (uname -m, i(6/5/4/3)86 -> i386, x86_64 -> amd64)
    * pick a download mirror close to you
    Kaja

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    Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    I'm on a macbook, and this works brilliantly, it runs with no errors, gave me just enough feedback so I don't start to panic thinking that it froze, but not so much feedback that it clutters my screen.

    my only problem is that it didn't seem to have any effect, although the script says it completed succesfully.

    but other then that, it worked perfectly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dented42 View Post
    I'm on a macbook, and this works brilliantly, it runs with no errors, gave me just enough feedback so I don't start to panic thinking that it froze, but not so much feedback that it clutters my screen.

    my only problem is that it didn't seem to have any effect, although the script says it completed succesfully.

    but other then that, it worked perfectly!
    Network manager shows no wireless even after waiting a minute? Is there anything interesting in dmesg? Does your MacBook have Atheros WiFi (lspci)? Is the version of the chip supported by MadWifi?

    Commands you might want to run:
    Code:
    lspci | grep Atheros
    dmesg | grep ath_
    dmesg | grep wifi0
    If the last command shows something then MadWifi should be up and running.
    Kaja

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    Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    Thanks this worked flawlessly and is really convenienty as there's been quite a few kernel updates lately (I wonder why ...)
    I don't really understand why it wouldn't work when I tried to compile and install manually. Never had that issue in Gutsy but oh well...
    So thanks again I'll be keeping this one around for a while.

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    Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    Quote Originally Posted by Zaff View Post
    Thanks this worked flawlessly and is really convenienty as there's been quite a few kernel updates lately (I wonder why ...)
    I don't really understand why it wouldn't work when I tried to compile and install manually. Never had that issue in Gutsy but oh well...
    So thanks again I'll be keeping this one around for a while.
    I'm glad to hear it's working for you!

    You can open the script file in a text editor to see what it does. I have not written any informative comments in the file like I should have, but at least you can see the commands it uses.

    There have been quite a few security updates to Linux 2.6 lately so naturally Ubuntu has to update their kernels too =/
    Kaja

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    Talking Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    Dude

    You rock.. Thanks a ton for this script

    Worked like a charm on my Asus F3ka with Atheros AR5148. Tried so many things before this with no success. But this one just worked and I didn't have to do anything other than run the script. Thanks again

    Regards
    -Apoorva

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    Wink Re: Easy MadWifi (Atheros WLAN) installation script

    Thanks

    OOOKEEE used the http://blog.linuxoss.com/2008/05/08/...ased-wireless/.

    was struggling for a while now, needed to rmmod / modprobe ndsiswrapper, that's been solved now.

    Thanks again

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