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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject: Problem with ATH9K associating [solved: sorta] Reply with quote

I know this is a software problem because kubuntu boot DVD works perfectly.

It attempts to associate three times and then gives up.

Here's a snippet of the log:

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Jul 15 08:33:58 boss kernel: ath9k 0000:04:00.0 wlp4s0: disabling HT/VHT due to WEP/TKIP use
Jul 15 08:33:58 boss kernel: wlp4s0: associate with 78:54:2e:4b:3f:86 (try 1/3)
Jul 15 08:33:58 boss kernel: wlp4s0: RX AssocResp from 78:54:2e:4b:3f:86 (capab=0x11 status=0 aid=2)
Jul 15 08:33:58 boss kernel: wlp4s0: associated
Jul 15 08:33:58 boss kernel: wlp4s0: disassociating from 78:54:2e:4b:3f:86 by local choice (reason=3)
Jul 15 08:33:58 boss kernel: cfg80211: Calling CRDA to update world regulatory domain
Jul 15 08:33:58 boss kernel: wlp4s0: deauthenticating from 78:54:2e:4b:3f:86 by local choice (reason=3)


I'm using NetworkManager and I tried doing it by hand from the CLI.

I thought it might be a missing firmware, but every bit of documentation I've found indicates that firmware is not necessary.

Here's lspci output:

Code:
04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0034] (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Lite-On Communications Inc Device [11ad:6621]
        Kernel driver in use: ath9k


Anyone have any ideas?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have all that (ahem cough nanny state) regulatory domain stuff set up?
and a working dbus..?
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* net-wireless/wireless-regdb
     Available versions:  20090115 20110428-r1 ~20130111 20130213
     Homepage:            http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Regulatory
     Description:         Binary regulatory database for CRDA
* net-wireless/crda
     Available versions:  1.1.2-r3 ~1.1.2-r4 ~1.1.3
     Homepage:            http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Regulatory
     Description:         Central Regulatory Domain Agent for wireless networks.


http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Regulatory
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
dmesg | grep -i firmware
ifconfig
what is returned by each?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks turtles. That was the problem. I had no idea that nanny state software had been added.

Why doesn't it install automagically when I specify wifi?

Anyway, I got those loaded (dbus was already there) and ifconfig down the wlan and uped it and voila! my ethernet diconnected me!

I found the wireless IP added by trial and error (remote bring up) and wireless was alive!

Thanks again. I'm not sure how I would have figured this out on my own.

Update: actually, I confused myself. I'm not certain its working yet. I'll have to wait until I get home to see.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

first, here's the firmware message in dmesg:

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dmesg | grep -i firmware
[    2.578275] [Firmware Bug]: ACPI(PEGP) defines _DOD but not _DOS
[    4.250084] r8169 0000:03:00.0 enp3s0: unable to load firmware patch rtl_nic/rtl8168e-3.fw (-2)


Second, the laptop is now worse than it was. Networkmanager can't get the ethernet cable to work. However, I shut networkmanager down and created a net.enp3s0 in /etc/init.d/ and that brings up dhcp perfectly.

So I have made things worse, but I don't know how.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[ebuild N ] net-wireless/crda-1.1.2-r3 22 kB
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0846:9030 NetGear, Inc. WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 [Atheros AR9271]
i had to have firmware, gotten by emerge linux-firmware

AR9462

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k_htc

further, you must recompile kernel for ath9k_htc and keep ath9k in if its a htc card... lspci / lsusb / dmesg | grep ath9k in live cd would be helpful to determine if its htc or not, for me thats how i found it, and i do not know the accuracy of this document.

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rc-update

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

see http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-899002-start-0.html for a fix for the rtl8168e-3.fw symptom
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have ath9k_htc compiled as a module, it doesn't load. Do I need to blacklist ath9k?

I'm going to emerge linux-firmware and try that.

Thanks much!

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[ebuild N ] net-wireless/crda-1.1.2-r3 22 kB
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0846:9030 NetGear, Inc. WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 [Atheros AR9271]
i had to have firmware, gotten by emerge linux-firmware

AR9462

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k_htc

further, you must recompile kernel for ath9k_htc and keep ath9k in...

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The good news is: I got bumblebee working!

The bad news is: networkmanager is fooked. It can't even connect ethernet.

What are my alternatives? I'm used to setting up everything by hand, should I go back to that?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

have you looked at /var/log/messages?
gentoo networking is the most reliable because it is controllable then wicd then network manager IMHO
what have you done about the bluetooth side of your AR9462?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DONAHUE wrote:
see http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-899002-start-0.html for a fix for the rtl8168e-3.fw symptom


Thanks. Emerging the firmware fixed this, I think. Its not in dmesg anymore.

I take it back. DMESG is full of nvidia crap so all the other messages are gone.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it ath9k_htc? please append solved to original post title. if it is htc, id report it up stream as such. debian wiki is only for 2 chips for htc. lsmod | grep htc (probably as root) will tell you if its htc or not.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: I couldn't get networkmanager or wicd to work, but when I copied the config files off another working gentoo laptop, everything worked perfectly.

Good old gentoo init scripts work.

Someday, hopefully, I'll be able to get network manager to work.

So its working, just not with network manager.
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