ath10k-firmware: QCA6174 hw3.2 target 0x05030000 chip_id 0x00340aff sub 168c:3370 board file

Hans de Goede hans at
Tue Aug 24 09:44:05 PDT 2021

Hi Kalle,

Here is a board-file for the QCA6174 PCI 168c:003e subsys: 168c:3370 wifi
card found on Microsoft Surface Go devices.

I'm submitting this per the docs in:
I hope those are still up to date.

Currently the kernel gives the following message when loading on this card:
"failed to fetch board data for
from ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/board-2.bin"

And then errors out with a bunch of -110 (-ETIMEOUT) errors.

Replacing the fallback board.bin file with the attached .bin file fixes
these errors and results in working wifi (I tested at both 2.4G and 5G).

There are various internet forum posts which point to this board file:

But the killer 1535 wifi card uses completely different subsys-ids
of 1a56:1535, so even though that happens to work I do not believe
that is the correct file.

So instead, inspired by this report:

I started looking at the driverstore directory of the original windows
install on the device I found "netathr10x.inf" there which has this line:

eDesc.6320_3%   = ATHR_DEV_OS63_988x_TX8.ndi,        PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_003E&SUBSYS_3370168C&REV_32; WiFi Only SKU

Note the "WiFi Only SKU" remark is there to differentiate this from
the 168c:3371 subsys one which also has LTE (marked as "WiFi/LTE SKU")

This led me to the "ATHR_DEV_OS63_988x_TX8.ndi" section of the .inf file:

CopyFiles       = atheros.CopyFiles, atheros_FW_3X.CopyFiles, atheros_BD_TX8.CopyFiles

And "atheros_BD_TX8.CopyFiles" is:


The "windows\system32\driverstore\netathr10x" dir has a ton of
eeprom files (let me know if you want a copy of the whole dir)
including the mentioned one. Where as "windows\system32\drivers"
only has the one eeprom_ar6320_3p0_TX8_clpc.bin eeprom... file,
further indicating that that is the one actually being used.

So this is the file which I've tested with and which is attached to this email as:

bc52aa5640b27fa50f9d4d144f81e169  bus=pci,vendor=168c,device=003e,subsystem-vendor=168c,subsystem-device=3370.bin


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