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Need Windows driver for Atheros 5bmb5 wireless card
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M.Gregg


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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan 2006, 19:37    Post subject:  Need Windows driver for Atheros 5bmb5 wireless card  

Hi all,

Does anyone have a windows driver that will run in ndiswrapper for an Atheros 5bmb5 Laptop card i believe the driver is ar5211 but i cannot get the .inf file.

any help would be great!

Kind regards

Michael
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan 2006, 20:00    Post subject:  

I think madwifi is what your looking for. I believe it carries the driver you're looking for.

Check here:
http://www.murga.org/~puppy/viewtopic.php?t=2841&highlight=madwifi

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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan 2006, 20:59    Post subject:  

That previous link was about a success with ndiswrapper, automated with wifi-1.0.4-beta-2.pup.

The true Linux alternative for Atheros is MADWiFi. See here
http://www.murga.org/%7Epuppy/viewtopic.php?t=4628
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jan 2006, 15:26    Post subject: madwifi  

Hi all,

I installed mad wifi and and this is what i get:
modprobe ath_pci
this is O.K



/usr/local/bin/wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta

wlanconfig: ioctl: No such device

Any ideas?

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Michael
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jan 2006, 22:30    Post subject:  

According to this -
http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-408550-highlight-madwifi.html
ath0 may somehow have already been created unsuccessfully so you first need to "un-create" it with
"wlanconfig ath0 destroy" before doing "wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta"
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PostPosted: Wed 01 Feb 2006, 16:31    Post subject:  

Hi all,

tempestuous wrote:

ath0 may somehow have already been created unsuccessfully so you first need to "un-create" it with
"wlanconfig ath0 destroy" before doing "wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta"

I still get:
wlanconfig ath0 destroy
wlanconfig: ioctl: No such device

/usr/local/bin/wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta

wlanconfig: ioctl: No such device

The driver unzips and modprobe runs ok
it does say with warnings
but i cannot create ath0

does this mean that the driver will not work on my system?
I would use the driver off the packard bell site but it is only down loadable as a .exe and will not load with ndiswrapper.

Why do atheros not provide a normal driver? at least we could try to install it!
Anyone want to create a dot pup?
It seems that this is a common problem with this pci card so why do we still have a problem?
Thanks to all that try to help, i will monitor this thread for any
further info.
Kind regards
Michael
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PostPosted: Wed 01 Feb 2006, 17:33    Post subject:  

Hi all,

modprobe ath_pci

seems to work but when i try to create ath0 with wifi0 i cannot create it.

the driver supports 5211 so it should work.

Any ideas?

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Michael
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PostPosted: Wed 01 Feb 2006, 18:36    Post subject:  

Try these for examples and substitute your driver:

http://www.murga.org/~puppy/viewtopic.php?t=5492&highlight=

http://www.murga.org/~puppy/viewtopic.php?t=5532&highlight=

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PostPosted: Thu 02 Feb 2006, 00:26    Post subject:  

Did you do the "depmod" step? This is important, because the ath_pci.o module depends on several other modules.

Otherwise, the MADWiFi driver is not "happy" with your adaptor ... maybe Packard Bell has modified it?
There is a slightly newer driver now available at http://madwifi.org/
It doesn't look very different, except that the "wlanconfig" step is redundant. I will compile it shortly.

In the meantime, here's the older MADWiFi driver. Instructions are the same as before, but no "wlanconfig" step.
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PostPosted: Thu 02 Feb 2006, 17:29    Post subject: Ath0  

Hi all,


but i still cannot create ath0 still no such device.

depmod
modprobe ath_pci

/usr/local/bin/wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta

wlan config: ioctl: no such device

I hope we can get it working, I noticed the number of people visiting this thread. I wonder how many others need a driver?

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Michael
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PostPosted: Thu 02 Feb 2006, 21:06    Post subject:  

Remember, the old MADWiFi does not need, or recognise, the "wlanconfig" step.
So after loading the ath_pci module, run "ifconfig -a" to see if a network interface has been created. If so -
iwconfig ath0 essid MYESSID key 1234567890 mode managed
dhcpcd ath0
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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb 2006, 06:03    Post subject: After loadingthe old madwifi driver:  

#modprobe ath_pci
warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.29/wireless/madwifi/ath_hal.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL licence - Proprietary
See http://www.tux.org/lkml/#export-tainted for info

Module ath_hal loaded with warnings
Module wlan loaded with warnings
Module ath_rate sample loaded, with warnings
Module ath_pci loaded, with warnings
iwconfig
lo no wireless extentions
eth0 no wireless extentions

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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb 2006, 22:53    Post subject:  

OK, something's wrong.
I have a sneaking suspicion that your laptop (Packard Bell, right?) may employ an RF switch, so that wifi is enabled only when you switch it on. I suggest you check your Window$ documentation to see if I am right about this.
If you have a hardware switch you should just be able to press the correct button (probably one of the Function keys) and then load your Linux driver.

But if you have a software switch then you will need a Linux software solution such as "RFSwitch" http://rfswitch.sourceforge.net/
This utility is known to work on Packard Bell EasyNote E5's. I have attached the README file which includes a simple command to test for compatibility.

There is also a possibility that an RF switch could be disabled in BIOS.

I could make a few suggestions about ndiswrapper, but if you have an RF switch (which is turned off) this obviously won't work either.
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PostPosted: Sun 05 Feb 2006, 08:03    Post subject: Packard bell soft switch  

Hi,

I think you are correct the Lap Top is a packard bell Easy Note R...I have down loaded the switch but i do not know how to install or make the file. (I am not a programer).

I have unzipped the file and now have access to the readme and the folder containing the drivers. The packard bell file is pbe5.c as used on the "easy note". I have had a look at the makefile but i am not sure how to begin.

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PostPosted: Sun 05 Feb 2006, 08:57    Post subject:  

I attached the README file so you could check RFSwitch's compatibility with your laptop. This is the suggested command -

dd if=/dev/mem bs=1 skip=983040 count=65535 2>/dev/null | strings | egrep "NEW-PC|Insyde Software MobilePRO BIOS"

I think the idea is that if this command returns anything at the prompt, then your device is compatible.
But let's assume yes, so here is the RFSwitch module which I just compiled. This module would normally be located in /lib/modules/2.4.29/... but this location is not persistent, and since the module has no dependencies I suggest you just copy it to /root. The README suggests loading this module with the radio disabled at boot, then enable it like this -

insmod /root/pbe5.o.gz radio=0
echo 1 > /proc/pbe5/radio

... but I would just load the module with the radio enabled -

insmod /root/pbe5.o.gz radio=1

Hopefully, now the MADWiFi driver will work.
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