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@ronware: There are many people out there who could not get this wireless card work with ndiswrapper. It seems to me that Acer somehow scrumbled with this card and it couldn't be run with the manufacturer's driver.
Meantime, the chipset is actually AR5BXB63. This seems to be the newest model, so madwifi guys could not find any solution.
My last chance is that I will replace the Atheros mini-pci with Intel 2200a/b/g or Pro3945. I have spoken with Acer's help desk in Turkey and learnt that Intel 2200 costs USD 54 + VAT [18% here].
Please let me know if you can find a solution.
Last edited by chief_officer; 06-10-2007 at 01:24 PM.
It's pretty disappointing, but I think I'm going to get some other card to replace the Atheros. I actually get the madwifi drivers to say "Hardware didn't respond as expected", and they want to tell me there is an IRQ problem or something - but I haven't found any kernel boot options or anything else to help me. In the meantime I'm using an old Lucent PCMCIA card which works fine (but 11Mbs instead of 54).
May be an off-topic answer but: I have taken my laptop to Acer and told them that they were selling the notebook preinstalled with Linpus Linux [despite no X installed] and they are installing some hardware which is not supported by the operating system they installed and that they are not providing any drivers to get it to work.
They have replaced the Atheros cards with Intel 3945 with a note "changed Atheros to Intel for customer satisfaction".
If you have some Linux pre-installed Acer, you can try that.
@chief_officer: I have an Acer 5100-5033. How is the Intel card working for you? Vista works fine with the card they shipped in the machine, so I don't think Acer would replace the card for another one.
@ronware: As I said, my notebook came with Linpus Linux installed, not Vista. I told them that what they have inside as hardware is not supported by the os they have shipped. I think this sounded ok for them.
So I got the Intel card, and installed it. But the laptop would *not* boot with that card in place (rather suspicious, eh Acer?).
I tried updating the madwifi drivers again, to no avail. However, I *did* manage to get the ndiswrapper to load some Windows drivers - and it works!
For anyone interested, you can read all about my issues getting Linux running on the Aspire 5100-5033. It's now working very well, except for a couple irritating things (resume doesn't resume ndiswrapper, for example; and the card reader doesn't).
I bought Acer aspire 5570Z laptop built i Windows Vista , and I re-format it and downgraded to Windows XP.. After installing all the drivers, my laptop works properly. But it can not connect to LCD projectors.. Do I ned to install additional driver? What Driver and where I can I downloaded it.
Thank for your help.
Here are instructions; they require an active internet connection, so walk your computer over to the router and hook up the ethernet. Open a terminal and do these commands, each in order and in turn.