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    Default Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    I seem to be unable to set up my Atheros wireless card with OpenSUSE 11.0(final release x-86).

    uname -r shows: 2.6.25.5-1.1-pae

    I have set up all repositories in YAST and have attempted to install madwifi and madwifi-kmp-pae, without success with both YAST and 1-click-install.

    I am able to install madwifi 0.9.4-1-i586. I get an error, however, when attempting to install madwifi-kmp-pae. The version available there is madwif-kmp-pae 0.9.4_2.6.25_26-1-i586 from 11.0

    When attempting to install madwifi-kmp-pae I receive the following error message:
    "nothing provides kernel(vmlinux)=1f623d7fcfa1b112 needed by madwifi-kmp-pae 0.9.4_2.6.25_26-i586.

    Looks like a conflict here. Any help or information would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    zenarcher

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    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    I'm curious about this, as my wife's 10.3 pc has an atheros and she uses madwifi, and I am thinking of updating her PC from 10.3 to 11.0, to obtain the better tablet support that comes with 11.0.

    I checked here openSUSE 11.0 madwifi packages
    , and confirmed what you state about the madwifi 0.9.4-1-i586 and madwif-kmp-pae 0.9.4_2.6.25_26-1-i586 version numbering is correct.

    I checked here and confirmed what you state about the current kernel version is correct.
    OSS rpms for openSUSE-11.0

    Are you certain you have all your repositories properly setup? I could understand this error if either:
    a. your repositories were not setup properly, or
    b. the repository server was down or temporary over taxed because of the mass of people downloading.

    If it were me, after quadruple checking my repositories in my package manager, I would then try again many times.

    Assume it is not one of the above (and I believe those to be likely causes), then if it were me, and I obtained that error, I would likely download the src file and do an rpm rebuild command (I dont' have my notes handy so I can't check/provide the exact syntax). Of course one needs kernel source, kernel-headers, ... etc .. properly setup.

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    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    I have done everything I know how to do, regarding confirmation of the repositories. In fact, none of the repositories were working, after the 11.0 install, so I even removed them all and reinstalled the repositories, after which, all seemed to be working fine. I even installed the repository from the 1-click-install site. I can see the packages in the software list, so am able to check the box to attempt to install, but still get the error. If I attempt to install the specific package from the OpenSUSE 1-click-install website, as an individual package, I still get an error...it will not even install directly.

    It's really a pain, as I'm used to using Mandriva...and two clicks of the mouse and the Atheros wireless just works. I haven't used OpenSUSE since a couple of versions ago and wasn't running wireless at the time, but now have all my systems on Atheros wireless, since it's so easy to do with Mandriva.

    Hopefully, someone can figure out what's wrong with the packages...as I think it must be a package issue.

    Cheers,
    zenarcher

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    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    Quote Originally Posted by zenarcher View Post
    Hopefully, someone can figure out what's wrong with the packages...as I think it must be a package issue.
    Well, if its a packager issue, then others will have the same problem. Lets wait and see how many other's report this hiccup.

    I confess I am still suspicious that this is because the openSUSE repository was overloaded. I see something like this sort of thing with every openSUSE release.

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    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    I have the same issue with the onboard Atheros in my Thinkpad on OpenSUSE 11. Kernel 2.6.25.5-1.1-pae. Personally I don't think the Madwifi drivers are compatible...yet.

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    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    OpenSuse 11 automatically detects my DWL-G510 after the OS installation however, it does not scan for WiFi networks. To resolve the problem I tried installing madwifi & madwifi-kmp-default using Yast but, it won't allow installing madwifi-kmp-default due to "nothing provides kernel(vmlinux)" conflict, like some here have experienced. I am stuck with wired internet.

    Madwifi was working fine in 10.3.

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    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    Quote Originally Posted by iarti0x View Post
    I am stuck with wired internet.


    Sorry to read your madwifi is not working, and I sympathsize with your frustration, but after reading your post 3 times, I see no evidence that you tried to adopt a pragmatic approach and checked out the ath5k driver (which is the open driver to replace madwifi) or tried the NDIS wrapper approach. I think some pragmatism is more helpful here.

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    epochiero NNTP User

    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    I'm having the exact same problem with the Madwifi kernel module, so i'm pretty sure this is a general issue that is affecting every Atheros user.

    Is there a way to get this module other than the Madwifi repositories?

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    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    You can compile it from source or create your own RPM's using rpmbuild. There are MANY OpenSUSE users out there where this is beyond their capabilities though. The new driver (ath5k) does not work on many Atheros chipsets and the Madwifi rpm's are out of date and/or incompatible with the latest kernel. So you see, there will be alot of kicking and screaming until it is fixed. I'll probably create my own rpm's some day soon. I'll do a write up then.

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    Default Re: Madwifi-kmp issues With 11.0

    I am sure they will get the madwifi repository updated soon.

    I don't need madwifi anymore since it seems the ath5k will work enough for my Thinkpad.

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