Sorry, it seems like the newlines and paragraphs didn't work out as intended. I
hope this is more readable now:
I'm new to FreeBSD. I decided to install 9.0-RELEASE (amd64) on a machine I
have been given, which has a PCI WLAN card installed.
After booting the newly installed system, I ran ifconfig, which however only
shows fxp0, plip0 and lo0.
I tried to google for users with similar problems and follow suggestions made
by others in hopes to fix the problem. In the process, I compiled a new kernel
with AH_DEBUG and ATH_DEBUG and created /boot/loader.conf with the two
Since I do not have a network connection of the affected machine, I will only
type in the part of the dmesg output which I guess could be relevant. If you
want, I could try to find a USB drive or something similar to post the whole
ath0: <Atheros 5413> mem 0xfdee0000-0xfdeeffff irq 16 at device 4.0 on pci2
ar5212ChipTest: address test failed addr: 0x00008000 - wr:0x00000000 !=
ar5212Attach: hardware self-test failed
ath0: unable to attach hardware; HAL status 14
device_attach: ath0 attach returned 6
I tried a Ubuntu live-CD, which recognised the WLAN card and allowed me to
connect to my network and browse the web.
I don't know what I could do to solve this issue. I'm willing to try various
things, especially since this machine is not in any way in productive use right
now (and there is no valuable data stored either.)
Being quite proficient in C and C++, I wouldn't mind if your suggestions
involved me looking at some code and modifying it in some places. However,
please keep in mind that, since I'm a new FreeBSD user, I'm have no idea about
the inner workings of the FreeBSD code (although I had brief look at the ath
sources prior to writing this mail.) Also, I don't know anything about
programming hardware, and I don't know much about IEEE 802.11 either.
I would be very thankful for all kinds of input. Please let me know if you need
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