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Old 08-02-2005, 05:13 PM
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Default Atheros card drivers?
Hey all,

I installed PC-BSD on my Compaq laptop without any real trouble, and I liked the fact that it configured X/KDE for me. What I need some help with now is getting my wireless card to work.

I am at a summer internship away from home, and reasonable internet access. The apartment they have me put up in only has wireless internet (which sucks) but i digress. The point is the only internet my lappy can get to is via my AT&T plug and share 6700g card which I know from linux experience runs on the atheros chipset. Now under Linux it was a simple matter of getting and compiling the MadWifi drivers and I was good to go. After a few days of poking around on the internet (in windows) the best I can find is that FreeBSD has an atheros driver but I am having trouble telling if it made it into the stable tree or if it is still in current or if its not in the default kernel or what is going on.

I looked at my dmesg output and I saw a reference to cardbus0 so I believe it can see the card but doesn't know what to do with it.

What do I need to do to get this thing working? I do have a fair ammount of Linux experience, but BSD is new to me (which is why I am trying to install it naturally) so keep that in mind. If you need any specific info to help let me know and I will try to get it up here

thanks
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:06 PM
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http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.4R/ha ... .html#WLAN

http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?quer ... .4-RELEASE

you have to build a new kernel. http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO885 ... onfig.html

you need this devices in your new kernelconfiguration

device ath
device ath_hal
device wlan
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Old 08-17-2005, 11:33 PM
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Instead of building a new kernel, would it be better to either use a madwifi driver or use ndis?

Or would you just be better off building a new kernel?
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actually stupid me, you can't use a madwifi driver in Freebsd...
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Well, I figured out how to get the atheros stuff to load in the kernel, by building a new kernel. Although it's still not recognizing the PCI wireless nic properly yet. What else might I try?
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