AR5212 "Association requestion to the driver failed"

Chase Douglas chasedouglas
Thu Dec 13 14:29:58 PST 2007

Dan Williams wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-12-13 at 13:06 -0500, Chase Douglas wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I've got two IBM/Lenovo laptops, a t41p and a t60. Both have the Atheros 
>> 5212 wireless chips in them. Both have madwifi-ng- and 
>> wpa_supplicant-0.5.8. Both are configured to connect to my home WPA 
>> network using the same block:
>> network={
>> 	priority=1
>> 	ssid="myssid"
>> 	psk="mypsk"
>> }
>> However, the t60 can connect to the network while the t41p cannot. Under 
>> wpa_cli, the t41p prints:
>> Trying to associate with <myroutermacaddr> (SSID='myssid' freq=myfreq)
>> Association requestion to the driver failed
>> Associated with <myroutermacaddr>
>> CTRL-EVENT-DISCONNECTED - Disconnect event - remove keys
> wpa_supplicant says that when the wpa_drv_associate() function returns
> an error code.  The most usual cause of that is that the driver does not
> support some of the parameters wpa_supplicant is try to set.  That's OK,
> it's normal that drivers don't support all of the ioctls.  And the
> association routine should just ignore those parameters that fail unless
> they really are fatal.
> So you'll need to get more debugging output about _what_ call failed to
> determine whether or not it's an important failure.  On Fedora we have a
> patch that prints out specifically which calls the driver does not
> support, which aids in debugging.
> Are you using the 'madwifi' driver or the 'wext' driver?  If you're
> using the madwifi driver, try the 'wext' driver instead.
> Dan

I am using the madwifi driver. Which Atheros driver would use wext?


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