Another Day, Another ath5k Timeout – This Time TinyCore

The goal was to leave the AA1 running TinyCore on as long as possible. The problem has to be somewhere between the ath5k driver, wpa_supplicant, and the 80211 stack. Here’s uname -a, lsmod (note: I was using the TinyCore wireless-2.6.29.1-tinycore_mod.tcem extension so now it’s happened with both 2.6.29.1-based module extensions), and dmesg (with my AP’s MAC masked). This kind of speaks for itself. Again.

Linux pluto 2.6.29.1-tinycore #1337 SMP Fri Apr 10 19:12:39 EEST 2009 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
Module                  Size  Used by
oss_usb                92044  0
oss_hdaudio           127844  0
osscore               509140  2 oss_usb,oss_hdaudio
ath5k                  93848  0
i2c_i801                5280  0
i2c_core                9980  1 i2c_i801
mac80211              106056  1 ath5k
ath                     5228  1 ath5k
cfg80211               49524  3 ath5k,mac80211,ath
rfkill_backport         7656  1 cfg80211
squashfs               11732  0
vfat                    5652  0
fat                    29692  1 vfat
acer_wmi                8984  0
rfkill                  4012  2 acer_wmi
backlight               1404  1 acer_wmi
serio_raw               2240  0
r8169                  18352  0
wmi                     2952  1 acer_wmi
ac                      1732  0
battery                 5976  0
scsi_wait_scan           260  0

13:42pm  up   3:52,  0 users,  load average: 0.28, 0.18, 0.07

CPI: Battery Slot [BAT1] (battery present)
ACPI: AC Adapter [ACAD] (on-line)
r8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver 2.3LK-NAPI loaded
r8169 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
r8169 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
r8169 0000:02:00.0: irq 28 for MSI/MSI-X
eth0: RTL8102e at 0xf808e000, 00:23:8b:0d:68:f4, XID 24a00000 IRQ 28
intel_rng: FWH not detected
acer-wmi: Acer Laptop ACPI-WMI Extras
Synaptics Touchpad, model: 1, fw: 7.2, id: 0x1c0b1, caps: 0xd04771/0xa40000
input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio2/input/input5
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended
EXT3 FS on sda3, internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended
EXT3 FS on sda5, internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended
EXT3 FS on sda3, internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended
EXT3 FS on sda5, internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
squashfs: version 4.0 (2009/01/31) Phillip Lougher
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended
EXT3 FS on sda5, internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Adding 2144636k swap on /dev/sda6.  Priority:-1 extents:1 across:2144636k
intel_rng: FWH not detected
cfg80211: Using static regulatory domain info
cfg80211: Regulatory domain: US
 (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp)
 (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (600 mBi, 2700 mBm)
 (5170000 KHz - 5190000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (600 mBi, 2300 mBm)
 (5190000 KHz - 5210000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (600 mBi, 2300 mBm)
 (5210000 KHz - 5230000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (600 mBi, 2300 mBm)
 (5230000 KHz - 5330000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (600 mBi, 2300 mBm)
 (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (600 mBi, 3000 mBm)
cfg80211: Calling CRDA for country: US
i801_smbus 0000:00:1f.3: PCI INT B -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
ath5k 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
ath5k 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
ath5k 0000:03:00.0: registered as 'phy0'
ath: EEPROM regdomain: 0x65
ath: EEPROM indicates we should expect a direct regpair map
ath: Country alpha2 being used: 00
ath: Regpair used: 0x65
phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel'
Registered led device: ath5k-phy0::rx
Registered led device: ath5k-phy0::tx
ath5k phy0: Atheros AR2425 chip found (MAC: 0xe2, PHY: 0x70)
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended
EXT3 FS on sda3, internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
mtrr: no more MTRRs available
mtrr: no MTRR for 40000000,800000 found
mtrr: no more MTRRs available
Clocksource tsc unstable (delta = -339460540 ns)
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs warning: maximal mount count reached, running e2fsck is recommended
EXT3 FS on sda3, internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
wlan0: authenticate with AP yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy
wlan0: authenticated
wlan0: associate with AP yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy
wlan0: RX AssocResp from yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy (capab=0x431 status=0 aid=4)
wlan0: associated
wlan0: deauthenticating by local choice (reason=3)
wlan0: authenticate with AP yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy
wlan0: authenticated
wlan0: associate with AP yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy
wlan0: RX AssocResp from yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy (capab=0x431 status=0 aid=4)
wlan0: associated
wlan0: deauthenticating by local choice (reason=3)
wlan0: authenticate with AP yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy
wlan0: authenticated
wlan0: associate with AP yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy
wlan0: RX AssocResp from yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy (capab=0x431 status=0 aid=4)
wlan0: associated
oss_hdaudio 0000:00:1b.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
usbcore: registered new interface driver oss_usb
intel_rng: FWH not detected
CE: hpet increasing min_delta_ns to 15000 nsec
wlan0: no probe response from AP yy.yy.yy.yy.yy.yy - disassociating
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 17 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
__ratelimit: 16 callbacks suppressed
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)
ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
ath5k phy0: can't reset hardware (-5)

 This is why I reclaimed so much of the hard drive space taken up by CrunchBang. It could’ve been any other distro, it just happened to be CrunchBang/un-buntu at the time I finally had it and decided it’s too goddamn unstable to use on my hardware. This is a driver in the 2.6 mainline and it’s buggy as hell.

Now my only Linux partitions are a very small primary (for /boot) and about a 5GB space for TinyCore. That’s adequate for the kind of use (such as testing other Atheros-related options like madwifi) I’ll have on my AA1 unless I can find a more stable option. And stability really matters — I’ve been using this for work. I can’t justify rebooting and waiting for the fucking card to work again. Fortunately, I’ll have the new laptop by this weekend and it doesn’t have any Atheros chips in it. I’ll run Linux on that and Windows on this.

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