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Old 05-04-2011, 12:33 AM   #1
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confusing problem?


I have an Acer 7741 that Im trying to get linux to work on my main problem even though Slack 13 installs as does Vector my wireless atheros card is not recognised. have tried live distros of Slax, puppy , DSL as well as mandriva 2010 and bt 3 and 4 and none will boot up so I can figure out what's wrong. Any help? What to look at?
 
Old 05-04-2011, 01:14 AM   #2
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Boot any (current) live cd, open a terminal window, become root and enter

Code:
# lspci -n
open a browser, navigate to http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/index.rhtmlx, and copy-paste the output of the command there. This will give you a list of all recognized devices and the drivers you need for them (as module names). Look for an entry containing "wlan", "wireless", "wifi" or "atheros". I think the modules for atheros cards are called "ath*". If you find a module name, check with your distro which package you need to install. If the website output contains no trace of anything "atheros", your card might be not supported by linux at all, unfortunately. Also make sure that it is not disabled in BIOS.
 
Old 05-04-2011, 01:17 AM   #3
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I had the same problem about a year and a half ago when I bought my new netbook. The problem was that the kernel version my distro was using wasn't recent enough for the Atheros chip my netbook was using. The solution was to update my kernel.

First make sure you have the ath9k module available. If you modprobe it, is the device detected?

You should run "lspci -v" and post the section on the Atheros wireless device.
The run "lspci -n" and post the results. That will provide the manufactures ID. Run "uname -r" and post the results. This is your kernel version.

If you have a usb wireless device, run "lsusb".

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