Cardbus Atheros 5212 and Dell laptop(s)...

Eric Schuele e.schuele at
Wed Oct 20 08:52:50 PDT 2004


I'm having difficulty getting my Atheros 5212 based card to work in 
either of my dell laptops.  The card only has its power LED on for 
about half a second when it is identified by the os (5.3BETA7), then it 
goes off.  dhclient causes the link LED to blink in a very consistent 
manner but it never aquires any info from DHCP server.

'wicontrol -i ath0 -l' shows the correct wireless nets in the immediate 
area.  'ifconfig' shows correct info.  My entire dmesg is appended to 
the bottom of this message.

The card behaves the same on both my dell 5100 and my dell 1100.  
Thought maybe it was a bad card so I returned it and picked up another 
(same make and model)... but it behaves exactly the same.  Its a Blitzz 
BWP 712 Super G (Atheros 5212)... wal-mart special.  It behaves as 
described wether its inserted before I boot... or after it boots and 
I'm logged in.

I have
  device ath
  device ath_hal
  device wlan

I have a dhclient.conf with something to the effect of:
  media "ssid wLAN_SSID channel 1 weptxkey 1 wepmode on wepkey 

Other (maybe unimportant) things:
ACPI is on... APM is off.
#option SMP
AGP is on
DRM is on

Tried disabling PC Card support and just leaving Cardbus support... no 
go.  I suspect I have something misconfigured with respect to the 
pcmcia slot... but that's just a guess.

Any/All help is appreciated.

dmesg follows:
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FreeBSD 5.3-BETA7 #8: Tue Oct 19 08:29:06 CDT 2004
    root at
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz (2657.82-MHz 686-class CPU)
  Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0xf29  Stepping = 9
real memory  = 536645632 (511 MB)
avail memory = 515461120 (491 MB)
npx0: [FAST]
npx0: <math processor> on motherboard
npx0: INT 16 interface
acpi0: <DELL CPi R  > on motherboard
Timecounter "ACPI-fast" frequency 3579545 Hz quality 1000
acpi_timer0: <24-bit timer at 3.579545MHz> port 0x808-0x80b on acpi0
cpu0: <ACPI CPU> on acpi0
acpi_tz0: <Thermal Zone> on acpi0
acpi_acad0: <AC Adapter> on acpi0
acpi_cmbat0: <Control Method Battery> on acpi0
acpi_lid0: <Control Method Lid Switch> on acpi0
acpi_button0: <Power Button> on acpi0
acpi_button1: <Sleep Button> on acpi0
pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0
ACPI link \\_SB_.PCI0.LNKB has invalid initial irq 11, ignoring
pci0: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib0
agp0: <Intel 82845G host to AGP bridge> mem 0xe0000000-0xe7ffffff at 
device 0.0 on pci0
pcib1: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> at device 1.0 on pci0
pci1: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib1
drm0: <ATI Radeon LW Mobility 7500 M7> port 0xc000-0xc0ff mem 
0xfcff0000-0xfcffffff,0xe8000000-0xefffffff irq 11 at device 0.0 on 
info: [drm] AGP at 0xe0000000 128MB
info: [drm] Initialized radeon 1.11.0 20020828 on minor 0
uhci0: <Intel 82801DB (ICH4) USB controller USB-A> port 0xbf80-0xbf9f 
irq 11 at device 29.0 on pci0
usb0: <Intel 82801DB (ICH4) USB controller USB-A> on uhci0
usb0: USB revision 1.0
uhub0: Intel UHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
uhub0: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
uhci1: <Intel 82801DB (ICH4) USB controller USB-B> port 0xbf40-0xbf5f 
irq 11 at device 29.1 on pci0
usb1: <Intel 82801DB (ICH4) USB controller USB-B> on uhci1
usb1: USB revision 1.0
uhub1: Intel UHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
uhub1: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
uhci2: <Intel 82801DB (ICH4) USB controller USB-C> port 0xbf20-0xbf3f 
irq 11 at device 29.2 on pci0
usb2: <Intel 82801DB (ICH4) USB controller USB-C> on uhci2
usb2: USB revision 1.0
uhub2: Intel UHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
uhub2: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
pci0: <serial bus, USB> at device 29.7 (no driver attached)
pcib2: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> at device 30.0 on pci0
pci2: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib2
bfe0: <Broadcom BCM4401 Fast Ethernet> mem 0xfaffe000-0xfaffffff irq 5 
at device 1.0 on pci2
miibus0: <MII bus> on bfe0
bmtphy0: <BCM4401 10/100baseTX PHY> on miibus0
bmtphy0:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
bfe0: Ethernet address: 00:0d:56:b4:f1:50
ndis0: <Dell TrueMobile 1300 WLAN Mini-PCI Card> mem 
0xfaffc000-0xfaffdfff irq 11 at device 2.0 on pci2
ndis0: NDIS API version: 5.0
ndis0: Ethernet address: 00:90:4b:69:39:7c
ndis0: 11b rates: 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps
ndis0: 11g rates: 6Mbps 9Mbps 12Mbps 18Mbps 36Mbps 48Mbps 54Mbps
cbb0: <TI4510 PCI-CardBus Bridge> at device 4.0 on pci2
cardbus0: <CardBus bus> on cbb0
pccard0: <16-bit PCCard bus> on cbb0
fwohci0: <1394 Open Host Controller Interface> mem 
0xfaff4000-0xfaff7fff,0xfaffb800-0xfaffbfff irq 11 at device 4.1 on 
fwohci0: OHCI version 1.10 (ROM=0)
fwohci0: No. of Isochronous channels is 4.
fwohci0: EUI64 39:4f:c0:00:03:57:18:81
fwohci0: Phy 1394a available S400, 2 ports.
fwohci0: Link S400, max_rec 2048 bytes.
firewire0: <IEEE1394(FireWire) bus> on fwohci0
fwe0: <Ethernet over FireWire> on firewire0
if_fwe0: Fake Ethernet address: 3a:4f:c0:57:18:81
fwe0: Ethernet address: 3a:4f:c0:57:18:81
fwe0: if_start running deferred for Giant
sbp0: <SBP-2/SCSI over FireWire> on firewire0
fwohci0: Initiate bus reset
fwohci0: node_id=0xc000ffc0, gen=1, CYCLEMASTER mode
firewire0: 1 nodes, maxhop <= 0, cable IRM = 0 (me)
firewire0: bus manager 0 (me)
isab0: <PCI-ISA bridge> at device 31.0 on pci0
isa0: <ISA bus> on isab0
atapci0: <Intel ICH4 UDMA100 controller> port 
0xbfa0-0xbfaf,0x376,0x170-0x177,0x3f6,0x1f0-0x1f7 at device 31.1 on 
ata0: channel #0 on atapci0
ata1: channel #1 on atapci0
pcm0: <Intel ICH4 (82801DB)> port 0xbc40-0xbc7f,0xb800-0xb8ff mem 
0xf4fff400-0xf4fff4ff,0xf4fff800-0xf4fff9ff irq 5 at device 31.5 on 
pcm0: <SigmaTel STAC9750/51 AC97 Codec>
pci0: <simple comms> at device 31.6 (no driver attached)
atkbdc0: <Keyboard controller (i8042)> port 0x66,0x62,0x64,0x60 irq 1 on 
atkbd0: <AT Keyboard> irq 1 on atkbdc0
kbd0 at atkbd0
atkbd0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
psm0: <PS/2 Mouse> flags 0x1000 irq 12 on atkbdc0
psm0: model Generic PS/2 mouse, device ID 0
orm0: <ISA Option ROMs> at iomem 
0xcf800-0xcffff,0xcf000-0xcf7ff,0xc0000-0xcefff on isa0
pmtimer0 on isa0
ppc0: parallel port not found.
sc0: <System console> at flags 0x100 on isa0
sc0: VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x300>
sio0: configured irq 4 not in bitmap of probed irqs 0
sio0: port may not be enabled
sio0 at port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x10 on isa0
sio0: type 8250 or not responding
sio1: configured irq 3 not in bitmap of probed irqs 0
sio1: port may not be enabled
vga0: <Generic ISA VGA> at port 0x3c0-0x3df iomem 0xa0000-0xbffff on 
Timecounter "TSC" frequency 2657821096 Hz quality 800
Timecounters tick every 10.000 msec
acpi_cpu: throttling enabled, 8 steps (100% to 12.5%), currently 100.0%
ath0: <Atheros 5212> mem 0xf6010000-0xf601ffff irq 11 at device 0.0 on 
ath0: mac 5.9 phy 4.3 5ghz radio 4.6
ath0: Ethernet address: 00:01:36:08:5e:b6
ath0: 11b rates: 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps
ath0: 11g rates: 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps 6Mbps 9Mbps 12Mbps 18Mbps 
24Mbps 36Mbps 48Mbps 54Mbps
acd0: CDRW <QSI CD-RW/DVD-ROM SBW-242/UD30> at ata0-master UDMA33
ad2: 38154MB <IC25N040ATMR04-0/MO2OAD0A> [77520/16/63] at ata1-master 
Mounting root from ufs:/dev/ad2s1a
ndis0: link up

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