Wireless connectivity Update Question

Hi,
I’ve spent several days trying to get my new OpenSUSE 11.0 wireless internet connection working with no sucess. I’m going to accept that fact that it may never work under the current configuration and move on with my life.

I would like to know if OpenSuse or Linux in general will be able to publicize and if so where, information regarding a general fix to the lack of Atheros 5212 driver support. I’ve read hundreds of posts discussing various hacks, and have tried each one with no sucess. I would just like to be able to download a patch to fix this or at least have verified instructions from Linux. Is there a forum I can watch to find this anouncement?

Here is my wireless card information:
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
03:00.0 0200: 168c:1014 (rev 01)

On Sun, 17 Aug 2008 17:36:03 GMT
ad ke <ad_ke@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

>
> Hi,
> I’ve spent several days trying to get my new OpenSUSE 11.0 wireless
> internet connection working with no sucess. I’m going to accept that
> fact that it may never work under the current configuration and move on
> with my life.
>
> I would like to know if OpenSuse or Linux in general will be able to
> publicize and if so where, information regarding a general fix to the
> lack of Atheros 5212 driver support. I’ve read hundreds of posts
> discussing various hacks, and have tried each one with no sucess. I
> would just like to be able to download a patch to fix this or at least
> have verified instructions from Linux. Is there a forum I can watch to
> find this anouncement?
>
> Here is my wireless card information:
> 03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5212
> 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
> 03:00.0 0200: 168c:1014 (rev 01)
>
>


L R Nix
lornix@lornix.com

On Sun, 17 Aug 2008 17:36:03 GMT
ad ke <ad_ke@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

>
> Hi,
> I’ve spent several days trying to get my new OpenSUSE 11.0 wireless
> internet connection working with no sucess. I’m going to accept that
> fact that it may never work under the current configuration and move on
> with my life.
>
> I would like to know if OpenSuse or Linux in general will be able to
> publicize and if so where, information regarding a general fix to the
> lack of Atheros 5212 driver support. I’ve read hundreds of posts
> discussing various hacks, and have tried each one with no sucess. I
> would just like to be able to download a patch to fix this or at least
> have verified instructions from Linux. Is there a forum I can watch to
> find this anouncement?
>
> Here is my wireless card information:
> 03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5212
> 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
> 03:00.0 0200: 168c:1014 (rev 01)
>
>

Well drat! Pressed send before typing anything in… gee! That’s never
happened before!

Hi, and welcome to openSUSE 11.0

Yes, the 5212 works with the newest madwifi drivers (0.9.4). The included
ath5k driver doesn’t seem to be mature enough to handle any Atheros chipsets
just yet, so you’ll need to install the MadWifi drivers.

Alas, we answer this question quite often here, so I’ve typed up instructions
which I’ll post. This should make your card work, and work wonderfully.

Pasting…

Steps to install MadWifi driver for Atheros Wireless:

(This is given as performed on a KDE 3.5.9 installation.
The applications should be similar for Gnome and KDE 4.x)

  1. Blacklist the ‘ath5k’ driver
    From a terminal:
    su - root
    {supply password}
    echo “blacklist ath5k” > /etc/modprobe.d/ath5k
    uname -r
    {remember whether it says ‘-default’ or ‘-pae’}

  2. Add the MadWifi Repository and software
    Start the YaST Setup Program
    -> Software Management
    -> click on ‘Repositories’ (top menu)
    -> click on ‘Repository Manager’
    -> click on ‘Add’ button, towards bottom
    -> verify ‘Specify URL’ selected
    -> url is ‘http://madwifi.org/suse/11.0
    -> enter a name, ‘Madwifi’ works
    -> click on ‘Next’, returns to list of current repos
    -> click on ‘Ok’, returns to software installation page
    -> click in Search box, enter ‘madwifi’, click ‘Search’
    -> depending on remembered entry from above:
    -> select either ‘madwifi-kmp-default’
    or ‘madwifi-kmp-pae’
    -> click on ‘Accept’, bottom right
    If it pops up a window saying
    ‘these packages were needed too’, say ‘Ok’
    -> wait briefly while drivers are downloaded and installed
    -> exit from ‘YaST control center’

  3. Reboot

  4. Using YaST -> Network Devices -> Network Settings
    -> On the ‘Global Settings’ tab, choose Traditional
    or network-manager mode for control
    -> For Traditional, set up your wireless nic on the
    ‘Overview’ tab.
    -> For network-manager mode, setup is done on your
    Desktop, via the ‘knetwork-manager’ application
    in the tray next to the clock.

  5. Some Caveats…
    knetwork-manager (the green globe) has been known to be
    ‘reluctant’ to automatically connect. This should be
    resolved soon, but you may need to manually choose a
    network to connect to at startup for now.
    =============================================

This should get things working.

Hope this helps

Loni


L R Nix
lornix@lornix.com

Wow! I’m very impressed. Thank you so much for your help. I don’t know why I was not able to find your post earlier. I’m live thanks to you!

AK

On Mon, 18 Aug 2008 04:46:03 GMT
ad ke <ad_ke@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

>
> Wow! I’m very impressed. Thank you so much for your help. I don’t
> know why I was not able to find your post earlier. I’m live thanks to
> you!
>
> AK
>
>

You’re welcome! {Grin} Glad to help!

Loni


L R Nix
lornix@lornix.com