Question on wireless module

Dan Williams dcbw at
Wed Oct 17 14:00:22 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-10-17 at 10:58 +0000, Mike C wrote:
> I have recently been testing the rt2x00 driver and specifically the rt73usb
> component with a usb wireless adapter, using the test kernels currently
> available for F7 in updates-testing.
> However the wireless link is very unstable and throws streams of messages at the
> terminal as well as in the alternative consoles. I reported this in bugzilla.
> The question I have is whether the version of rt2x00 (and rt73usb) in rawhide is
> nearer to being usable than the driver in the F7 kernels? Therefore another
> question is whether it would be likely to work if I simply installed the rawhide
> current kernel into F7 (and maybe the rawhide wpa_supplicant also?) and see if
> that would give more stability?  

I have an rt73usb device that's been working pretty consistently with
rawhide kernels for the past 3 weeks (Belkin F5D7050 ver 1000).  I
haven't had kernel oopses with it, and it seems to do fine with light
traffic (and even yum upgrades).

> In addition is the new ath5k driver (that is presumably also in the rawhide
> kernel?) actually usable at the moment? I have a Dlink G-650 card with the
> Ahteros 5212 chipset that I could test if this is the case.

ath5k driver has only just stopped panicing the kernel on boot, and is
still unstable in some situations.  It will likely get better, but don't
bet on ath5k being reliable at this point.


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