Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 459154
eth_pci wireless driver omitted
Last modified: 2008-08-16 15:24:30 EDT
Description of problem:
AARGHH!!! I'm screwed.
The newest kernel-2.6.25-14-108.fc9.i686 omits the ath_pci.ko module,
and the ath5k.ko module doesn't work. Hence, my laptop can no longer
communicate! The ath5k module loads, but ifup wlan0 fails to communicate
with the dhcp server.
This IBM T30 laptop has this (updated) miniPCI wireless card:
02:02.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc.
AR5212/AR5213 Multiprotocol MAC/baseband processor (rev 01)
The ath_pci driver, has always worked perfectly, as an ath0 interface,
even with kismet.
Please restore eth_pci, ASAP.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
# cd /lib/modules
220.127.116.11-86.fc9.i686/ 18.104.22.168-108.fc9.i686/ 22.214.171.124-76.fc9.i686/
# find . -name "ath_pci*"
Where's ath_pci.ko for 126.96.36.199-108.fc9.i686 ???
ath_pci is not a part of the kernel but belongs to madwifi.org
Installing the latest madwifi code and compiling against your current kernel should solve your problem.
Please see http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/GettingMadwifi for further information. The Livna repository have packaged drivers for Fedora.
If you compile the software yourself, you need to recompile every time you do a kernel upgrade. If you use the repository, it should install the correct version every time you upgrade the kernel.
You are so right. I'd completely forgotten that I'd installed the kmod-madwifi package from livna. And I was so quick to get the new kernel that the new madwifi package wasn't yet available. Now it is and my laptop is communicating normally again via ath0 and madwifi.
Sorry for the noise...