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    mysacek NNTP User

    Default Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    Not long ago I bought laptop Asus F5RL and try to install on it 10.3 (I also have dual XP). Because of network problems (see below) and adviced 11.0 I decided to wait for newer version of SUSE.

    Today morning I finished installation of 11.0 but network still doesn't work. Under network settings in YAST I see both my network cards as not connected:

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    "L2 100 Mbit Ethernet Adapter (Not connected)
    BusID : 0000:06:00.0

    Unable to configure the network card because the kernel device (eth0, wlan0) is not present. This is mostly caused by missing firmware (for wlan devices)"

    "AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (Not connected)
    BusID : 0000:02:00.0

    Unable to configure the network card because the kernel device (eth0, wlan0) is not present. This is mostly caused by missing firmware (for wlan devices)"
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    Using dmesg I found this:

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    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:02:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
    PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:02:00.0 to 64
    ath5k_pci 0000:02:00.0: registered as 'phy0'
    ath5k phy0: failed to resume the MAC Chip
    ACPI: PCI interrupt for device 0000:02:00.0 disabled
    ath5k_pci: probe of 0000:02:00.0 failed with error -5
    ACPI: EC: missing write data confirmation, don't expect it any longer.
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    lspci -vvv output filtered for touched network cards
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    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Device 1a3b:1026
    Control: I/O- Mem- BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
    Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
    Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 16
    Region 0: Memory at fa9f0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=64K]
    Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
    Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=375mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-)
    Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
    Capabilities: [50] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
    Address: 00000000 Data: 0000
    Capabilities: [60] Express (v1) Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
    DevCap: MaxPayload 128 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s <512ns, L1 <64us
    ExtTag- AttnBtn- AttnInd- PwrInd- RBE- FLReset-
    DevCtl: Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
    RlxdOrd+ ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop-
    MaxPayload 128 bytes, MaxReadReq 512 bytes
    DevSta: CorrErr- UncorrErr+ FatalErr- UnsuppReq+ AuxPwr- TransPend-
    LnkCap: Port #0, Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s L1, Latency L0 <512ns, L1 <64us
    ClockPM- Suprise- LLActRep- BwNot-
    LnkCtl: ASPM Disabled; RCB 128 bytes Disabled- Retrain- CommClk-
    ExtSynch- ClockPM- AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
    LnkSta: Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, TrErr- Train- SlotClk+ DLActive- BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
    Capabilities: [90] MSI-X: Enable- Mask- TabSize=1
    Vector table: BAR=0 offset=00000000
    PBA: BAR=0 offset=00000000
    Kernel modules: ath5k

    06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Attansic Technology Corp. L2 100 Mbit Ethernet Adapter (rev a0)
    Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 1415
    Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
    Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR+ <PERR- INTx-
    Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
    Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 3
    Region 0: Memory at feac0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256K]
    Expansion ROM at feaa0000 [disabled] [size=128K]
    Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
    Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot+,D3cold+)
    Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
    Capabilities: [48] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
    Address: 0000000000000000 Data: 0000
    Capabilities: [58] Express (v1) Endpoint, MSI 00
    DevCap: MaxPayload 128 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s <4us, L1 unlimited
    ExtTag- AttnBtn+ AttnInd+ PwrInd+ RBE- FLReset-
    DevCtl: Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
    RlxdOrd- ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop-
    MaxPayload 128 bytes, MaxReadReq 512 bytes
    DevSta: CorrErr- UncorrErr+ FatalErr- UnsuppReq+ AuxPwr+ TransPend-
    LnkCap: Port #0, Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s, Latency L0 unlimited, L1 unlimited
    ClockPM- Suprise- LLActRep- BwNot-
    LnkCtl: ASPM Disabled; RCB 64 bytes Disabled- Retrain- CommClk-
    ExtSynch- ClockPM- AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
    LnkSta: Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, TrErr- Train- SlotClk+ DLActive- BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
    Capabilities: [6c] Vital Product Data <?>
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    Could anybody help me please???

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    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    Quote Originally Posted by mysacek View Post
    "AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (Not connected)
    BusID : 0000:02:00.0

    Unable to configure the network card because the kernel device (eth0, wlan0) is not present. This is mostly caused by missing firmware (for wlan devices)"
    Same here (HP Compaq F756 with the same adapter).
    Jim Matthews
    desktop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 3.0 GHz Athlon II X4 640 8 GB M4A88TD-V
    laptop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 1.9 GHz Tur64 X2 2 GB nVIDIA GeForce 7000M
    netbook: OpenSuSE 11.4-64 Gnome 1.66 GHz Atom N450 2 GB GMA 3150

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    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    The madwifi.org site is not responding at the moment, but once accessible, perhaps this will help:

    Atheros madwifi - openSUSE
    Jim Matthews
    desktop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 3.0 GHz Athlon II X4 640 8 GB M4A88TD-V
    laptop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 1.9 GHz Tur64 X2 2 GB nVIDIA GeForce 7000M
    netbook: OpenSuSE 11.4-64 Gnome 1.66 GHz Atom N450 2 GB GMA 3150

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    brattan NNTP User

    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    My network will work intermittently. If i unplug and then plug in the network cable (not wifi) the connection will be active for a few seconds and then go offline again. i have tried different cables and plugging directly into the cable modem. same thing always happens.

    any ideas?

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    LukeHoersten NNTP User

    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    I've got a MacBook with the same network card and same problem. Why not just ship with the drivers?

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    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    Quote Originally Posted by LukeHoersten View Post
    I've got a MacBook with the same network card and same problem. Why not just ship with the drivers?
    This card does not have open source drivers because the manufacturer does not release firmware under a license in which anyone can work with. This is a bad hardware purchase.

    This should work for you though: Atheros ndiswrapper - openSUSE

    Next time I would advice checking out models of cards which work out of the box on Linux so you don't have to go through any of this.
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    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    Now that madwifi.org is back on-line, here is another potentially useful link:

    #1192 (Hardware Support: AR5007* (AR2425 chips)) - madwifi.org - Trac
    Jim Matthews
    desktop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 3.0 GHz Athlon II X4 640 8 GB M4A88TD-V
    laptop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 1.9 GHz Tur64 X2 2 GB nVIDIA GeForce 7000M
    netbook: OpenSuSE 11.4-64 Gnome 1.66 GHz Atom N450 2 GB GMA 3150

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    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    Well, Linux now recognizes my wireless controller, and my wireless controller now detects my wireless router, but still no connection. Here's what I've done so far:

    snapshots.madwifi.org: special snapshots
    download and extract:
    madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604.tar.gz

    install via YaST Software Management:
    kernel-source
    make
    gcc


    Atheros madwifi - openSUSE
    > make
    > make install
    > modprobe ath_pci
    > echo "blacklist ath5k" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    > reboot

    > lsmod | grep ath
    ath_rate_sample 31360 1
    ath_pci 255168 0
    wlan 266096 4 wlan_scan_sta,ath_rate_sample,ath_pci
    ath_hal 346896 3 ath_rate_sample,ath_pci


    Now under YaST -> Network Settings, it says:

    AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter
    MAC : <address here>
    The device is not configured. Press Editto configure.

    Operating Mode: Ad-Hoc
    Network Name (ESSID): <WLAN router SSID here>
    Authentication Mode: WEP - Open
    Key Inout Type: Hexadecimal
    Encryption Key: <key here>


    Now under YaST -> Network Settings, it says:

    AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter
    MAC : <address here>
    Device Name: ath0
    Started automatically at boot
    IP address assigned using DHCP


    Both of these commands now discover my router:
    > wlanconfig ath0 list scan
    > iwlist ath0 scan


    But my router shows no connection.


    UserDocs/FirstTimeHowTo - madwifi.org - Trac
    > iwconfig ath0 key <WEP key>
    > dhclient ath0
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.6
    Copyright 2004-2007 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit ISC DHCP

    wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
    wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
    Listening on LPF/ath0/<MAC address>
    Sending on LPF/ath0/<MAC address>
    Sending on Socket/fallback
    DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5
    DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5
    DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6
    DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 12
    DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 14
    DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 15
    DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 4
    No DHCPOFFERS received.
    No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.


    Am I close? Is there still hope?
    Jim Matthews
    desktop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 3.0 GHz Athlon II X4 640 8 GB M4A88TD-V
    laptop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 1.9 GHz Tur64 X2 2 GB nVIDIA GeForce 7000M
    netbook: OpenSuSE 11.4-64 Gnome 1.66 GHz Atom N450 2 GB GMA 3150

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    itismike NNTP User

    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    Hi Jim,

    I've found the Network Settings tool to be somewhat buggy. Have you tried entering the ssid and encryption key from the command-line?
    Code:
     # iwconfig wlan0 essid yourRouterName key s:yourWEPkey
    check 'man iwconfig' to be sure this is the right syntax for your setup.
    Good luck!
    -Mike

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    Default Re: Network cards are recongnized but don't work

    Quote Originally Posted by itismike View Post
    I've found the Network Settings tool to be somewhat buggy.
    Mike, you're not kidding! I started up the YaST Network Manager, clicked the Global Options tab, switched the Network Setup Method from "User Controlled with NetworkManager" to "Traditional Method with ifup," clicked Finish, ran ifdown ath0 followed by ifup ath0 at the command line, and voila - it's working! How ridiculous. Thank you!
    Jim Matthews
    desktop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 3.0 GHz Athlon II X4 640 8 GB M4A88TD-V
    laptop: OpenSuSE 13.2-64 Gnome 1.9 GHz Tur64 X2 2 GB nVIDIA GeForce 7000M
    netbook: OpenSuSE 11.4-64 Gnome 1.66 GHz Atom N450 2 GB GMA 3150

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