Toshiba Satellite A105 - FC6 not recognising wireless card
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Toshiba Satellite A105 - FC6 not recognising wireless card
Hey, I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4014. I just installed Fedora Core 6 on a fresh hard drive, and everything seems to be working fine, except that it is not picking up my wireless device. It worked just fine on the same computer when I was using Ubuntu 6.06/6.10. I tried adding a new wireless device from the Networking tool, but when it comes time to pick which wireless device I am using mine is not on the list. There are 3 or 4 Intel devices on there, which is what mine is per the Satellite user manual, but none of them are the right one, and I have tried each of them to no avail. Any advice?
It tells me the device is an Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG. I dunno if this is quite what you are looking for... I apologise for my lack of understanding -- networking is the one thing I have never had to figure out on my own, every distro in the past has automated it.
I found the source for the driver on Intel's website and I built it, and it said everything was fine, but it still doesn't recognise the actual hardware. I know I probably need to install something relating to the firmware, but that is where my knowledge stops.
Grr... alright, now I have yet another issue. I found the installation instructions in the package, but when I followed them I installed, per the instructions, the IEEEE 802.11 network stack. Apparently when I installed it it tore apart the references and such to the original version (as would make sense) but it didn't replace them with the new stuff, so now when I try to use any of the commands in the IEEEE set it gives me a "command not found", and I don't have any idea what to do...
Alright... I did everything per the instructions, and it went fine, I suppose, up until it said to check the existence of the device with
I did this and it gave back that iwconfig was not a recognised command, nor is modprobe or any others that are related. Am I missing something?
Also, I bought a wireless card, a Netgear WPN511 PC card, because I needed it for Windows anyway. It was not recognised in the list of wireless cards, and there was no Linux driver support, so I turned to madwifi. For some reason MadWifi won't build... it gives me an error, and says that it's missing "linux/header.h".
I su'd and the same thing happened... it says the command was not found. Normally it would say that I do not have proper permissions, but it is telling me the command was not found.
Ah, of course... should I have pointed it at my source files with a flag of some sort?
I'll check out the RPM. Thank you very much.
Does your Linksys WPN511 card use the Atheros chipset? If is does not use the Atheros chipset the Madwifi drivers will not do you any good, as Madwifi is designed specifically to support the Atheros chipset devices.
Run /sbin/lspci from a terminal with the device installed (if it is a PCI device), and you should see an entry in the output listing with some information. You should see entries for both wired and wireless network cards if both are installed.
Once you determine the chipset your wireless card uses, you can research to determine which drive you need for that particular chipset. Before you do almost anything with wireless configuration, you need to know the wireless chipset if you are driving to get a wireless driver working.
Oh, I know it uses the Atheros chipset. I know madwifi will work, it's just a matter of getting there.
*sigh* I am so confused... unless I'm missing something, Ubuntu was way better. Ok, to start with, rpm packages associate themselves with Archive Manager - for some reason they don't install when you dbl-click them, at least not now. I know they used to, or is that just a Gnome thing? I'm using KDE... I don't see why it would make a difference though.
Second, I tried to install it from the command line with "rpm -i kmod-madwifi-whatever.rpm" and it said it needed a different kernel... I found another rpm package for it elsewhere on the internet, and I tried to install that with the same command, and it said it needs dkms. In short, I have no idea what is going on.
Alright, I installed the package with yum. It took some hunting, but I finally found out why I couldn't get the bugger in the first place - I didn't have the proper repository in my lists.
Now, the thing is, madwifi.org tells me to go with "modprobe ath_pci" but, as mentioned above, the command "modprobe" is "not found". What am I missing? Do I not have a certain package installed or something?