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Re: Debian Sarge + madwifi : cannot bring up interface ath0

On Tue, May 31, 2005 at 12:52:40PM -0400, Dominique Orban wrote:
> I have a Netgear WG511T PCMCIA wireless adapter. It has an Atheros
> chipset and thus I use madwifi. I am having difficulties bringing the
> interface up. I initially had the ethernet port eth0 defined as 'auto'
> in /etc/network/interfaces. If the laptop is not connected when I
> boot, I endlessly receive the message:
> r8169: eth0: Reset RTL8169s PHY
> which is annoying (the built-in ethernet controller is a RealTek
> RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet). I thus edited /etc/network/interfaces and
> commented out the 'auto eth0' (is there a bette way around this?). Now
> I just bring eth0 up or down using ifup/ifdown---this is great.

Take a look at ifplugd

> and the wireless card doesn't show up in 'lspci'. Similarly, 'cardctl
> status' says there is no card in the socket (there is!). 'cardctl
> stop/insert' doesn't help.
> A couple questions:
> (a) What are these interfaces eth1 and sit0 with unknown addresses?
> (b) Is the pcmcia and/or hotplug modules at fault?

It sounds like hotplug is bringing up your wireless card as eth1 using
different drivers.  

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