AR5212 "Association requestion to the driver failed"

Chase Douglas chasedouglas at
Thu Dec 13 19:01:50 EST 2007

Dan Williams wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-12-13 at 17:29 -0500, Chase Douglas wrote:
>> 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?
> madwifi will.  Try running wpa_supplicant with "-D wext" instead of "-D
> madwifi".
> dan

Now, I get:

Trying to associate with <myroutermacaddr> (SSID='myssid' freq=myfreq)
Authentication with <myroutermacaddr> timed out.

Any ideas?

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