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Old 05-09-2011, 08:35 PM   #1
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TinyCore and wireless on Acer Aspire One: Is there an easy way to make it work?


Hello there, I'm not quite a noob, yet I'm still a bit green behind my ears when it comes to configuring linux. I thought I'd take TinyCore for a spin and I like it very much, it's very fast and simple to use, however I was very disappointed to find the network settings to be too simple and limited to wired lan. My acer aspire is one of the 1st gen ones with 8gb ssd, so TC would be the perfect solution for me, if there only was a way to get wireless working in an easy and uncomplicated way (remember, I'm still not too familiar with everything just yet), I followed some links with tutorials for it but all I get is either 'not found' or 'not yet available'.. Any advice, hints, tutorials, please?

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Old 05-09-2011, 10:27 PM   #2
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Do you have access to wired internet? If so, get that running first so you can pull in the wireless packages. Part of the sacrifices needed to make a 10mb distro is modules for things like wireless and sound are extra.

The absolute easiest way would be to install Wicd, it is a very simple network manager, little heavy by Tiny Core standards, but should do just fine on your netbook.

Once you have a wired connection, open the appbrowser, click "Connect" and then search for the wicd.tcz package. It will automatically install dependencies, including the drivers. I believe that Acer should have an Atheros AR5007eg, which will work right away with no tweaking.

To get Wicd running, you'll need to run "sudo wicd-start" and then "wicd-client". To get this to run every time you boot, make sure wicd.tcz is in your onboot.lst, add wicd-start to bootlocal.sh and add wicd-client to .xsession.

I run Tiny Core on my Asus EeePC 2g Surf, which is one of the earliest ones with the 7" screen, 570mhz Celeron, 2gb SSD and 512mb of RAM. It runs great, boots fast and I have plenty of space to spare.

Tiny Core is a very quirky distribution, so even people with years of Linux experience might find it confusing at first. Learning is definitely worth it though.

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Old 05-09-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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thanks for your help- I'll try that as soon as I'm done fixing up my big box. Another question though - are there any other blank slate os's flying around somewhere? I dealt with arch before and while worked fine for my purpose I'm still looking for something like tinycore, without a desktop, but with X, sound and (wifi)network working out of the box (and preferably below 40MB small) - anything like that out there or am I asking for too much now?
 
Old 05-09-2011, 11:07 PM   #4
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I've heard Slitaz packs quite a bit into 30mb, I have never tried it though.

EDIT: I needed to rescue some files from a crashed Vista laptop before wiping it, so I threw Slitaz on a 128mb SD card. That 20mb extra adds a ton of stuff, it is quite functional out of the box. It even has WebKit based browser, Midori. Wireless with the Ralink rtl8187 card was up and running flawlessly, so I'd expect no problems from your Atheros card. Sound is included and working with Alsa.

It is nowhere near as stripped down and basic as Tiny Core, but it is 3 times the size. I might give it a shot on the EeePC from a 2gb SD card and if I like it, copy the install over to the SSD.

Even if it doesn't replace Tiny Core as my preferred netbook OS, it is definitely my new rescue OS, I'm going to keep a Slitaz CD and USB stick in my laptop bag from now on.

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Old 05-10-2011, 04:04 AM   #5
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slitaz is nice, but It did give me trouble with my atheros chipset (NONE of the ath5k and ath9k drivers worked, not even the automatically selected one), so that sucked.. also aside from being small and fast, It still has a preinstalled windowmanager and a bunch of apps, of which most of them I don't even use. I like to have the freedom to put together my own DE without having to fuss around with config files just to get essential services/features to work. However if there's nothing else, I might fall back to slitaz, if my wireless issues get resolved there. I'm definately gonna put that on my main box
 
Old 05-10-2011, 04:21 AM   #6
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If that netbook has the AR5007eg, there really is no reason the ath5k driver wouldn't work, regardless of distribution, it is a very common card and has been supported for years.

The hardest part of getting wireless in Tiny Core is just getting the packages, which if you have wired internet working, it is no big deal.
 
Old 05-10-2011, 05:44 AM   #7
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I checked the specs again: it's an Atheros AR5BXB63. A non-standard or unsupported model perhaps?
 
Old 05-10-2011, 12:57 PM   #8
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Just another name for the AR5007eg, could also be referred to as an Atheros AR2425.

I've owned half a dozen of the cards, I've swapped them in place of less supported Broadcom and Ralink cards, I've never had a problem with one.

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Old 05-10-2011, 03:18 PM   #9
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So why doesn't it work with slitaz? I tried pretty much everything (switched driver, used recommended ath5k driver, unloaded/reloaded module, verified it's presence with lsmod) nothing. I had the same problem with DSL linux. I'm using Peppermint right now but takes up a whole lot of space. Should I just try to run wicd, as you suggested?
 
Old 05-10-2011, 04:52 PM   #10
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I just popped the Slitaz SD card into my EeePC with the same Atheros wireless card, X won't work out of the box, but wireless works just fine.

Is it not showing up in iwconfig?
 
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I just popped the Slitaz SD card into my EeePC with the same Atheros wireless card, X won't work out of the box, but wireless works just fine.
@ elliott678

This Thread should get you into X if Booting Slitaz cooking with 3.6.37 kernel..

@ linuxlicious

Like elliott678 said . As root in terminal

Code:
iwlist
or

Code:
ifconfig -a
Should show wireless interface like wlan0, or eth1, or rao. ifconfig -a command is really good for finding name of wireless interface to enter/type into wicd>preferences>wireless interface
 
  


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