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Author Topic: latest madwifi drivers ath5k  (Read 2918 times)
tenorplayer
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« on: September 13, 2008, 12:58:22 pm »

it wold be great if you added latest atheros wifi drivers to 6.o! My internal card seems to only work with mandriva and i really prefer Vector.
In the mean time add it to slaptget so it auto installs.

Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2008, 03:14:13 pm »

it wold be great if you added latest atheros wifi drivers to 6.o! My internal card seems to only work with mandriva and i really prefer Vector.
In the mean time add it to slaptget so it auto installs.

Thanks

I have packaged Madwifi-0.9.4 for VL-6.0 it should show up in testing soon.  You'll have to test it because I don't have any wifi cards with the atheros chipset. Enjoy.
Dave
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2008, 04:37:23 pm »

Just found out that these drivers will be included in the kernal build of VL 6.0 So my package is redunant and will not be moved.. It's coming though.

Cheers,
Dave
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2008, 05:50:09 pm »

OK, here's the deal.  ath5k is an open source Atheros driver that is included in kernels 2.6.25 and higher.  Madwifi is the older, proprietary Atheros driver included with Vector Linux 5.9 for our 2.6.22.x kernel.  These two can't coexist.  If you're running VL 5.9 there is a test 2.6.25.7 kernel in the repository that you can install that should have the ath5k module if the developers chose to include it.

Vector Linux 6.0 alpha 2 uses a 2.6.25.15 kernel.  Again, it likely has the ath5k driver.

I have the opposite problem.  On distros that include the ath5k kernel module (i.e.: Zenwalk 5.2) my Atheros 5212-bases wireless card doesn't work.  On Zenwalk I had to blacklist ath5k and install madwifi. 

ath5k is relatively new.  It's going to be up to the VL developers to decide which driver to include by default and which will make things work for the largest number of users.  Either way, some users will be left with some tinkering to get their wifi card to work.

Bottom line:  you don't need a new package.  If your wifi works with Mandriva we can make it work with Vector and can walk you through how to do it.  Start a thread in the networking section including the exact wifi hardware you have and we'll get it going for you in the VL release of your choice.
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