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Thread: Macbook Pro 5,1 DWA-643 issue

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    Default Macbook Pro 5,1 DWA-643 issue

    Hello all,

    I'm trying to get my D-Link DWA-643 to work in BT4 on my MacBook Pro 5,1. I've installed BT4 to the hard drive after some struggling but I'm having no luck getting the ExpressCard to work. The OS seems able to recognize the card because it shows up in the lspci list but after loading the madwifi drivers it doesn't show up in iwconfig. I've downloaded the latest madwifi drives and complied them, compiled the patch and re compiled the kernel (can't say I did any of those 100% correctly)

    Here are the outputs from the troubleshooting I've done so far. This is pretty far from my area of expertise so I"m hoping someone can give me a hand.

    Macbook Pro 5,1
    BT 4
    latest csv of madwifi drivers compiled
    D-Link DWA-643

    dmesg output (snipped at first ref to ath9k)

    ath9k 0000:06:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
    ath9k 0000:06:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 0 (level, low) -> IRQ 0
    ath9k 0000:06:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    b43-phy1: Broadcom 4322 WLAN found (core revision 16)
    b43-phy1 ERROR: FOUND UNSUPPORTED PHY (Analog 8, Type 4, Revision 4)
    b43: probe of ssb0:0 failed with error -95
    Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PLR, Firmware-ID: FW13 ]
    phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'ath9k_rate_control'
    Registered led device: ath9k-phy0::radio
    Registered led device: ath9k-phy0::assoc
    Registered led device: ath9k-phy0::tx
    Registered led device: ath9k-phy0::rx
    phy0: request_irq failed
    cfg80211: Calling CRDA for country: CO
    cfg80211: Regulatory domain changed to country: CO
    (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp)
    (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2700 mBm)
    (5170000 KHz - 5250000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 1700 mBm)
    (5250000 KHz - 5330000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2300 mBm)
    (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 3000 mBm)
    ath9k 0000:06:00.0: PCI INT A disabled
    ath9k: probe of 0000:06:00.0 failed with error -5
    ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LAZA] enabled at IRQ 20
    HDA Intel 0000:00:08.0: PCI INT A -> Link[LAZA] -> GSI 20 (level, low) -> IRQ 20
    HDA Intel 0000:00:08.0: setting latency timer to 64
    hda_codec: Unknown model for ALC883, trying auto-probe from BIOS

    lspci -vnn output

    6:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5008 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0024] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: D-Link System Inc Device [1186:3a6f]
    Flags: fast devsel
    Memory at db100000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
    Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
    Capabilities: [50] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
    Capabilities: [60] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
    Capabilities: [90] MSI-X: Enable- Mask- TabSize=1
    Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
    Capabilities: [140] Virtual Channel <?>
    Kernel modules: ath9k

    After modprobe ath_pci
    dmesg output

    ath_hal: (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413)
    wlan: svn r4119 (branch madwifi-0.9.4)
    ath_pci: svn r4119 (branch madwifi-0.9.4)


    root@bt:~# iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    uname -r

    modinfo ath_pci output

    root@bt:~# modinfo ath_pci
    filename: /lib/modules/
    license: Dual BSD/GPL
    version: svn r4119 (branch madwifi-0.9.4)
    description: Support for Atheros 802.11 wireless LAN cards.
    author: Errno Consulting, Sam Leffler
    srcversion: 6DDF31238823D303631CA71
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00009013sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd0000001Dsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd0000001Csv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd0000001Bsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd0000001Asv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00000019sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00000018sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00000017sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00000016sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00000015sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd0000101Asv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00001014sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v000010B7d00000013sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000A727d00000013sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00000013sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00000012sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v0000168Cd00000007sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    depends: ath_hal,wlan
    vermagic: SMP mod_unload 686
    parm: countrycode:Override default country code (int)
    parm: maxvaps:Maximum VAPs (int)
    parm: outdoor:Enable/disable outdoor use (int)
    parm: xchanmode:Enable/disable extended channel mode (int)
    parm: rfkill:Enable/disable RFKILL capability (int)
    parm: autocreate:Create ath device in [sta|ap|wds|adhoc|ahdemo|monitor] mode. defaults to sta, use 'none' to disable (charp)
    parm: ratectl:Rate control algorithm [amrr|minstrel|onoe|sample], defaults to 'sample' (charp)
    parm: ath_debug:Load-time debug output enable (int)

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Macbook Pro 5,1 DWA-643 issue

    I just wanted to update this thread;

    Pavel Roskin on the madwifi-users list answered with the following;

    --- snip ---

    ath9k fails to get an interrupt for the device. I googled for
    ExpressCard IRQ problems, at it looks like that's precisely your

    Bug 14128 &ndash; Macbook Pro 5,2 Express Card Slot IRQ 0 Error

    I understand the workaround is to add acpi_osi="Darwin" to the kernel
    command line.

    The 0.9.4 branch doesn't support AR5008 at all. You could try the
    trunk, which supports AR5008. If acpi_osi="Darwin" helps with ath9k, it
    should help with MadWifi trunk as well.

    --- snip ---

    Unfortunately the acpi_osi=Darwin boot option caused my MacBook to freeze on boot. I couldn't get the IRQ issue resolved so I abandoned this card.

    Good luck to anyone else that tries and thanks to Pavel for all his help.

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