anyone have an Acer TravelMate notebook or anything with an Atheros wifi chip?

Terry Polzin foxec208 at
Thu Nov 29 16:17:20 UTC 2007

On Thursday 29 November 2007 11:13:23 Lonni J Friedman wrote:
> I just purchased an Acer TravelMate 2480 notebook, after researching
> it and reading many reports that it works well in Linux.  That seems
> to be true, up until I attempt to do anything with the built-in
> wireless device.
> Its got an Atheros chipset based device, which identifies itself in lspci
> as:
> Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5006EG 802.11 b/g
> Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)  168c:001c
> I've installed Fedora 8-x86, with all updates, and then installed
> madwifi-0.9.4 from the ATrpms yum repo.  I blacklisted the ath5k
> driver in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.  Unfortunately, all attempts to
> configure the ath0 interface are failing.  In dmesg I'm seeing:
> ath_hal: module license 'Proprietary' taints kernel.
> ath_hal: (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, AR5416, RF5111, RF5112,
> RF2413, RF5413, RF2133)
> ath_pci: (0.9.4)
> PCI: Enabling device 0000:03:00.0 (0000 -> 0002)
> ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:00.0[A] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
> PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:03:00.0 to 64
> MadWifi: unable to attach hardware: 'Hardware revision not supported'
> (HAL status 13)
> ACPI: PCI interrupt for device 0000:03:00.0 disabled
> To say the least, that isn't promising.
> I attempted to fall back to using the ath5k driver (after
> unblacklisting it), but that one isn't working either.  It detects the
> device ok, but any attempts to bring up an interface fail.  I've got
> several other systems on the same wireless network that aren't having
> any issues, so I'm fairly confident its not the network.
> Note, all of the above is before even attempting to use any form of
> encryption.  I want to get the thing functional to the point that I
> can ping other systems, and then I'll add in encryption.
> Anyone have any success stories or suggestions?  thanks

Check back a couple days on the list there is another thread, same issue.
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