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No DHCPOFFERS received. No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.

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Joined: 2008-10-22

Hi,
After a week of fighting with madwifi drivers finally i have my Atheros 5006X AR5413 working.

mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo ifconfig
ath0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1f:3a:3f:ec:5f
          inet6 addr: fe80::21f:3aff:fe3f:ec5f/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1e:68:11:f8:31
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:4578 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:2341 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:3712737 (3.5 MB)  TX bytes:294125 (287.2 KB)
          Interrupt:252 Base address:0x2000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:500 (500.0 B)  TX bytes:500 (500.0 B)

wifi0     Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-1F-3A-3F-EC-5F-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:15883 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:3134
          TX packets:583 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:280
          RX bytes:1360545 (1.2 MB)  TX bytes:26818 (26.1 KB)
          Interrupt:19
mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wifi0     no wireless extensions.

ath0      IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:""  Nickname:""
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated
          Bit Rate:0 kb/s   Tx-Power:16 dBm   Sensitivity=1/1
          Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=0/70  Signal level=-96 dBm  Noise level=-96 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:15721  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo lshw -C network
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: MCP67 Ethernet
       vendor: nVidia Corporation
       physical id: a
       bus info: pci@0000:00:0a.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: a2
       serial: 00:1e:68:11:f8:31
       capacity: 100MB/s
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pm msi ht bus_master cap_list ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=forcedeth driverversion=0.61 latency=0 link=no maxlatency=20 mingnt=1 module=forcedeth multicast=yes port=MII
  *-network
       description: Wireless interface
       product: AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter
       vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       logical name: wifi0
       version: 01
       serial: 00:1f:3a:3f:ec:5f
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath_pci latency=0 module=ath_pci multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g

i've made:

mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo ifconfig ath0 down
mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo dhclient -r ath0
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.6
Copyright 2004-2007 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit

wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
Listening on LPF/ath0/00:1f:3a:3f:ec:5f
Sending on   LPF/ath0/00:1f:3a:3f:ec:5f
Sending on   Socket/fallback
mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo ifconfig ath0 up
mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo iwconfig ath0 essid "neciak"
mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo iwconfig ath0 key 1DD25AA75
mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo iwconfig ath0 mode Managed
mati@RAKIETA:~$ sudo dhclient ath0
There is already a pid file /var/run/dhclient.pid with pid 0
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.6
Copyright 2004-2007 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit 

wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
Listening on LPF/ath0/00:1f:3a:3f:ec:5f
Sending on   LPF/ath0/00:1f:3a:3f:ec:5f
Sending on   Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 8
DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 9
DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 13
DHCPDISCOVER on ath0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 1
No DHCPOFFERS received.
No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.

Is there something wrong with DHCP? i've already tried dhcpcd and it didn't work either.
I cant connect either using any of the managers.
Its my first distro so please be patient.