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Old 06-02-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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I need to find Wireless drivers for my laptop but I can't find it

I've checked the hardware database but I'm not sure which is mine.

00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 Ethernet (rev a2)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapater (rev 01)

What packages do I have to install? By the way, I'm using Arch Linux, but I know that my Wireless Network Card is supported because it perfectly for Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mint.
Old 06-02-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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Run the command lspci in a terminal. The output should tell you which wireless chip you have.

For example, the output of lspci tells me I have a Broadcom chip:

0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
Old 06-03-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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Second line is your wireless card, Atheros AR5001. Search for the driver using pacman. I guess the following commands are correct (I'm not using Arch).
pacman -Sy
pacman -Ss atheros

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Old 06-03-2011, 02:51 AM   #4
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Arch requires you to do some of the work yourself - this includes reading the doco made available.
Start at the wiki, and search "wireless".

Once you have done the groundwork, let us know if you have (further) problems.
Old 06-03-2011, 09:05 PM   #5
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Nevermind, I modprobed it and followed this guide *After I originally got it up manually, this method is easier and it also provides an automatic way to start networking*


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