ath10k fail to load firmware

Stanislaw Gruszka sgruszka at
Tue Jul 19 00:27:55 PDT 2016

On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 09:18:01AM +0200, Michal Kazior wrote:
> 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).
> @Stanislaw: You either need to grab a more recent board-2.bin
> (,

@Perry, could you replace board-2.bin from above link on
/lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/ and check if that work ?

> 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 think we can wait till firmware will be updated upstream, however
Dell would like to know if what we provide in new RHEL7 release
will work on their hardware.


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