Wireless not working in opensuse 11.1 and ath928x card


I just got a new acer extensa 5630Z laptop but can’t get the wireless to work. When I disable and reenable network manager, I get a “no network running” error. I have went through Larry’s sticky and got the following results. Any help would be appreciated.


03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless NetworkAdapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

/sbin/lspci -n

03:00.0 0280: 168c:002a (rev 01)

dmesg | less

ath9k: 0.1
Yenta: ISA IRQ mask 0x0cb8, PCI irq 22
Socket status: 30000006
Yenta: Raising subordinate bus# of parent bus (#0d) from #0e to #11
pcmcia: parent PCI bridge I/O window: 0x3000 - 0x3fff
pcmcia: parent PCI bridge Memory window: 0xf4700000 - 0xf47fffff
pcmcia: parent PCI bridge Memory window: 0xc4000000 - 0xc7ffffff
rtc_cmos 00:08: rtc core: registered rtc_cmos as rtc0
rtc0: alarms up to one month, y3k, hpet irqs
vendor=8086 device=2942
ath9k 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
ath9k 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
phy0: Selected rate control algorithm ‘ath9k_rate_control’

phy0: Atheros 9280: mem=0xffffc200110c0000, irq=17


lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan

lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:1F:B3:0A:87:E9
Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
Quality=90/100 Signal level:-37 dBm Noise level=-95 dBm
Encryption key:on
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Extra: Last beacon: 328ms ago

When I try to click on network manager, it is unresponsive and won’t let me create a new connection.

Everything here looks normal. As long as you do not have a wireless
switch turned off, it is just a matter of configuration. I’m not sure
what you mean that NetworkManager is unresponsive, but if
KNetworkManager doesn’t work, use YaST to set the traditional ifup
method and configure your wireless that way.


I was able to create a connection in network manager, but still can’t seem to connect. When trying to ping, the system hangs. When using firefox, I get the error “failed to connect, although the site seems to be valid, the browser was unable to establish a connection.” I have now disabled network manager and went to traditional.

I have downloaded a tool called kwifimanager. It says that my signal strength is 85. My connection speed is 1 Mb/s.

Connected to network: Chewbaca
Access point: 00:1F:B3:0A:87:E9
Local IP: unavailable
Frequency [channel]: 2.437[6]

I’m using WPA personal for encryption and I’m entering the router password for the shared key. I’ve disabled the firewall. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong…

Also, the kwifimanager states:

Access Point: unknown
Mode: managed
Quality: 85
WEP: on