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theif519 06-02-2011 08:55 PM

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.

frankbell 06-02-2011 09:10 PM

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)

saivnoba 06-02-2011 11:13 PM

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

syg00 06-03-2011 01:51 AM

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.

theif519 06-03-2011 08:05 PM

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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