rt61pci and hostapd not starting

Jouni Malinen j
Fri Jun 12 13:09:57 PDT 2009

On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 09:38:35PM +0200, Andrzej Kosmala wrote:
> I'm using Debian Lenny, kernel-2.6.30 and hostapd from git.
> After ./hostapd hostapd.config I've got:
> ioctl[SIOCSIFFLAGS]: No such file or directory
> nl80211 driver initialization failed.

Do you get any more error messages with verbose debugging enabled (-dd
on command line)?

> In /var/log/kern.org I found:
> Jun 12 20:54:28 router kernel: [87279.192559] rt61pci 0000:00:12.0: 
> firmware: requesting rt2561s.bin
> Jun 12 20:54:28 router kernel: [87279.214783] phy0 -> 
> rt2x00lib_request_firmware: Error - Failed to request Firmware.

I have not used rt61pci, so I don't know what exactly to expect here,
but this does indeed sound like the driver failing to initialize for
some reason.

> Sice traying a  rt61 from ralink I have in /etc/Wireless/RT61STA:
> rt2561.bin  rt2561s.bin  rt2661.bin  rt61sta.dat

Are you sure the kernel knows how to find the files from that directory?
All the firmware images I have are in /lib/firmware..

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