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Sunday, May 14th, 2006

Fedora Core 5 HWP54G and RT2500 chipset

I have been bemoaning my luck with upgrading to FC5 and the problems with two different wireless cards. But there is progress to report – I have the rt2500 chipset one up now. Good thing, too, because I’m already getting visitors with the same problem.

After my adventure getting this card up and running, I have been regularly upgrading my kernels, and each time I have to re-make the drivers (and install the new linux-ntfs rpm.) It was getting to be a bit routine until I did the big upgrade to FC5, and I did everything the same and it just didn’t work. Here’s a sample of some of the error messages I got:

rt2500 device wlan0:0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization.

Error inserting rt2500 (/lib/modules/2.6.16-1.2111_FC5/extra/rt2500.ko): Invalid argument

rt2500: falsely claims to have parameter ifname

I’m beginning to think that, the more I feel like I’m starting to get a handle on this Linux stuff, the more I learn that I am truly ignorant. I tried tackling this issue with just a little research and a heightened sense of experience, but in the end I turned to the serialmonkey forums, and I found the answer. Correction – I found the workaround. So if you missed it (thanks, TomG!):

had the same problem but finally got it to work w/ the rt2500-cvs-2006032123 CVS build. Here’s what I did:

1 untared the archive somewhere in my home directory.
2. changed to the “Module” directory.
3. ran “make” as normal user to build the module.
4. ran “make install” as root
5. ran “make install-fedora” as root

Afterwards I was able to configure the card using system->administration->network.

Now, apart from using the CVS tarball, this is exactly the same, simple procedure I’ve always been using except for step 4. Fedora users aren’t supposed to make install this build. In fact, part of my earlier troubles were because I was doing that. There’s two pages of discussion of what might have been causing the problem, but it’s typically forum-muddled, so it doesn’t help me. But the procedure worked. And furthermore, I picked up that they have made improvements to the generic rt2w00 that enables it to work with the SMP kernels – unless that’s the one that doesn’t have WEP.

Posted by Greg in Hardware & Drivers, Networking, OS

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2 Responses to “Fedora Core 5 HWP54G and RT2500 chipset”

  1. Joachim says:

    Your wording got me a little confused. I have a PCI card with the rt2500 chipset and Fedora core 5. I tried installing this driver, and followed the README. According to it, I did steps 1,2,3 and 5, not 4. The wireless card works, I could connect to my router and browse a few websites, but after a minute of use it will completely hang the computer (specially if I start downloading something). Are you saying that I should include step 4 and that would make the driver work correctly?

  2. Greg says:

    @ Joachim,

    To clarify, I couldn’t get the rt2500/FC5 combo to work, either – using steps 1,2,3,5 – although it worked like a charm every time after a kernel upgrade in FC4.

    But with FC5, it wasn’t enough. Some small thing has changed, and TomG found an answer that works and posted it in the forums at the home of the rt2x00 project.

    Fedora users were always advised to use make install-fedora instead of make install, and if you didn’t, the card wouldn’t work. (It took me a while to figure that part out, because the exception for Fedora users was buried all the way at the end of the Readme that came with the drivers.)

    But now, and I guess I have to reemphasize this, because we have been conditioned to ignore the first one, we have to run both make installs.