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Old 2nd February 2008, 07:05 PM
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Help with Belkin F5D7000 v.5000, Fedora 8

I am totally new to Linux, and am having some trouble getting my Belkin wlan card to work on Fedora 8. The system seems to recognize the card, but when I try to activate it, I get the following error messages:

Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Invalid argument
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Invalid argument
Failed to bring up wlan0.

The chipset is Atheros.

Any ideas on how to get it to work?

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Old 2nd February 2008, 11:44 PM
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Why f7... why not F8??
/sbin/lspci ...please post the wireless chipset.
Which driver are you using?
Network manager installed?
Intend to use wireless security?
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Old 3rd February 2008, 12:42 AM
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Actually, I am using Fedora 8, sorry about that.

I believe the chipset is Atheros, but I'll take it out of the PC to check on that.

How do I check to see which driver I am using?

Network manager is installed.

Yes, I intend to use WEP 128-bit security, hexidecimal.
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Old 3rd February 2008, 02:09 AM
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Need to know which chipset
at the command prompt:

dmesg | grep ath
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Old 3rd February 2008, 03:45 PM
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Here is the info:

[root@localhost ~]# /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82810E DC-133 (GMCH) Graphics Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82810E DC-133 (CGC) Chipset Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801AA PCI Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801AA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801AA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801AA USB Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801AA SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:01.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82557/8/9 Ethernet Pro 100 (rev 08)
01:07.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq ES1371 [AudioPCI-97] (rev 09)
01:08.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR2413 802.11bg NIC (rev 01)
01:0a.0 SCSI storage controller: Advanced System Products, Inc ABP940-U / ABP960-U (rev 02)
[root@localhost ~]# dmesg | grep ath
ath5k_pci 0000:01:08.0: registered as 'phy0'
ath5k phy0: Atheros AR5213A chip found (MAC: 0x78, PHY: 0x45)
ath5k phy0: RF2112A 2GHz radio found (0x56)
device-mapper: multipath: version 1.0.5 loaded
[root@localhost ~]#
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Old 3rd February 2008, 06:07 PM
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Somehow, some way, I got it to work. I have no clue as to what did the trick, but all is well, now.

I'm sure it had something to do with ndiswrapper. One change I did make was to rename the driver files. They were originally in uppercase, so I renamed them in lowercase. I don't know if that makes any difference or not in Linux.

The other major change I made was to the security of my wireless router. It had been set to 64-bit security, rather than 128-bit. I'm now using 128-bit WEP, ASCII.

Thank you for your help, nyjetshead.
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