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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:39 am    Post subject: Genkernel not finding my Atheros wireless card [Solved] Reply with quote

Hi guys,

Just installed Gentoo using genkernel, so far it doesn't find my wireless card when I type
Code:
ifconfig


However, I can see the card using
Code:
lspci | grep -i wireless


I have support for CONFIG_PACKET, I don't know how to check for WEXT though or to add and rebuild if it's missing. I saw in some other threads that this was an issue.

I have installed wci_supplicant, wireless-tools and linux-firmware but
Code:
dmesg | grep -i ath9k
doesn't return a result also.

I've tried to provide as much info as possible, any ideas would be greatly appreciated


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just installed Gentoo using genkernel, so far it doesn't find my wireless card when I type...


Don't panic.

It won't show inactive interfaces unless you specify ifconfig -a, as in "all." 99.9% certainty here that your card is just fine.

The real question is how you are trying to configure this card. My recommendation to you is that if this machine is destined to have a GUI, then plug in a cable and install it before you mess with the wireless card. GUI wireless generally works easily. Command line is a royal pain. I have found wicd with the (gtk use flag) to be very easy to use. There are qt front ends as well if you prefer that.

If you must do command line stuff, we can walk you through it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That'ts probably happening because genkernel does not install ath9k drivers by default. You'll need to configure this by yourself using the --menuconfig option.
see this thread for more details:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-1020784-highlight-.html
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys,

Thanks for the replies. Doctors yours was actually a thread I was following on the topic!

I've got a working xorg-server and installed awesomewm, however, ifconfig -a still doesn't bring up my card and wicd can't seem to find it.

Wireless support seems to be turned on in the kernel though...

On a quick side note, I used this method to update and change genkernel

Code:
zcat /proc/config.gz /usr/src/linux.config
genkernel --oldconfig --menuconfig all


Then a reboot. Is that correct? It felt a little 'hacky'
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HungGarTiger wrote:
On a quick side note, I used this method to update and change genkernel

Code:
zcat /proc/config.gz /usr/src/linux.config
genkernel --oldconfig --menuconfig all


Then a reboot. Is that correct? It felt a little 'hacky'
Assuming you didn't change any options the fist time, simply genkernel --menuconfig all would have sufficed. Also copying the .config should have been unnecessary in any event. --oldconfig doesn't tell genkernel to use your .config. It doesn't need to be told to use it.

More documentation on it here
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok Doctor, from now on I'll just use that.

I did change options the first time I used that command, I enabled KMS so X would work.

On that note, I actually got my wireless card up and running.
Code:
ifconfig wlp2s0 up
Iwlist wlp2s0 scan


Shows networks. wicd, just says "no wireless networks found" though.

Shall I mark this thread as Solved and open a new one for the wicd error? That would be neater..
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