ath10k fail to load firmware

Valo, Kalle kvalo at
Tue Aug 2 05:10:46 PDT 2016

Michal Kazior <michal.kazior at> writes:

> On 19 July 2016 at 09:09, Stanislaw Gruszka <sgruszka at> wrote:
>> Perry from Dell has ath10k device, which do not work with current
>> linux-firmware. It's on RHEL kernel, however wirelss stack and drivers
>> are from 4.7-rc1 (I did not update to 4.7 final yet, since I do not see
>> ath10k fix, which could possibly help here). Partial dmesg is in
>> the attachment.
> hw.3 qca6174 chips tend to require very specific board data for proper
> calibration.
>   [ 3838.601884] ath10k_pci 0000:01:00.0: failed to fetch board data
> for bus=pci,vendor=168c,device=003e,subsystem-vendor=1028,subsystem-device=0310
> from ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/board-2.bin
>   [ 3838.601920] ath10k_pci 0000:01:00.0: board_file api 1 bmi_id N/A
> crc32 ed5f849a
> Your board-2.bin doesn't contain the matching board data and the
> driver then falls back to the older board API1 which is pretty much
> doomed to fail on qca6174 hw.3.
> @Kalle: Perhaps ath10k needs to fail early with an adequate message
> for qca6174 hw.3 if board API2 lookup fails (e.g. hw_params flag
> because this seems to be quite closely coupled with hardware itself).

Sounds like a good idea. Or maybe we should always fail when using
board-2.bin (no matter what hw version is used)? Dunno.

> @Stanislaw: You either need to grab a more recent board-2.bin
> (,
> ask Kalle & wait, or cook up your own (if you really need it working
> *now*) by getting Windows driver and dissecting it (the .inf file
> contains enough information for you to map board data also referred to
> as eeprom-something in the Windows blob).

I pushed a new board-2.bin:

Kalle Valo

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