Help with notebook wi-fi

Timothy Murphy gayleard at
Wed Jul 2 13:22:46 UTC 2008

Robert O. Kahl wrote:

> I'm unable to get wifi working on my Presario Laptop (H-P) Model
> V6719NR.  Any Help would be appreciated.
> The system is setup with Fedora 8/KDE, dual boot with Vista  The
> start-up error message shows:
> Bringing up interface for wlan0.   Error for wireless request "Set Mode"
> (8B06)
> SET failed on device  wlan0;     invalid argument
> Determining IP info for wlan0...                [FAILED]
> The boot sequence stops and then resumes after exactly 60 seconds!
> The KDE Network Device Manager shows it recognizes the Atheros chipset,
> but I can't "Activate" it.
> A dmesg dump shows:
>           ath5k phy0: Atheros 2425 chip found (MAC: 0xe2, PHY: 0x70
> (Incidentally, it works OK in Vista.  Their Device Manager shows the
> chip is an Atheros AR007)
> Any advice on how to correct the "invalid argument" and to proceed would
> be greately appreciated.

I don't think these SET errors are usually fatal.
What does iwconfig say?

Maybe the problem is just with dhcp 
on the machine you are trying to connect to?

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