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#1 2006-03-23 09:38:21

Zanton
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Registered: 2005-12-06
Posts: 80

wifi card with rt2500 chipset not detected

Hi all,

I got a new pci wifi card with chipset rt2500, but I can't make it work. I installed without problems rt2500 driver from beta 3, and when I run ifconfig, the wifi card doesn't show up. If I run iwconfig, ra0 shows up but with no wireless extension. I tried to do iwconfig ra0 mode monitor or managed, and it says "Invalid argument". The card works with a live cd distro (rt2500 driver) and with windows so it's not an hardware problem, and when I do a lspci, card is appearing.
I tried the rt2500-cvs driver, but I have the same problem too.
So I think help is needed sad

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#2 2006-03-23 17:54:27

patroclo7
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From: Bassano del Grappa, ITALY
Registered: 2006-01-11
Posts: 913

Re: wifi card with rt2500 chipset not detected

rt2500 is incompatible with the arch default kernel, as with any kernel with smp enabled. You can: 1) compile your own kernel (I sponsor this solution, if you have not more than one processor); 2) try to use the brand new rt2x00, which is highly unstable; there is an howto around concerning rt2x00 (but I did not succeed in having a proficient connection with it).
Anyway, when you have solved the problem with smp and you have loaded the module with modprobe, may be you also need to :

ifconfig ra0 up

Mortuus in anima, curam gero cutis

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#3 2006-03-23 18:15:07

brain0
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From: Aachen - Germany
Registered: 2005-01-03
Posts: 1,382

Re: wifi card with rt2500 chipset not detected

I guess your kernel doesn't have wireless extensions, that's the only explanation I can think of (plus, this was the same when I tried to use the card without WE)

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#4 2006-03-24 09:19:05

Zanton
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Registered: 2005-12-06
Posts: 80

Re: wifi card with rt2500 chipset not detected

brain0 was right smile
I already compiled my own kernel, and I didn't add support for wireless extension. That was the point smile

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#5 2006-03-25 07:37:24

gwine
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From: Finland
Registered: 2006-03-20
Posts: 14

Re: wifi card with rt2500 chipset not detected

Zanton - maybe this is wrong place to ask this question but please can you tell me how did you compile your own kernel. I'm newbie with Arch and using pci wifi card with chipset rt2500 (not just now smile).
I've used Slacware over an year without problems and I think it's little bit tricky to compile Arch-linux kernel with ABS-way because it was so easy in Slack.
So did you compile with ABS http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Cus … n_with_ABS or some other way?
I'm using latest rt2500-driver (nightly-cvs) and SMP as well PREEMPT is on!

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