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Old 09-18-2006, 03:50 PM   #1
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wireless Atheros driver for Acer laptop


I just purchased an Acer Aspire 5100 with a Turion 64 x2 and a wireless Atheros Card. I have been running FC3 on my PC since it came out. Thought I would try Slack on my new laptop. Loaded Slamd64 and got up and running. I have tried all the niswrapper how to's and acer_acpi instructions , also acerhk. Nothing seems to work. last thing I tried was acer_acpi, that went well until I tried to load the module, came back with "HWI not found unable to load module" .My question is " What should I try next". Thanks.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 04:11 PM   #2
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Try the madwifi driver. You can probably find it through your package manager without having to compile them. I have two atheros cards and I use the madwifi driver for both.
 
Old 09-19-2006, 12:21 AM   #3
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MadWiFi worked

Thats the ticket! MadWiFi compiled and installed beautifully. The wiki instructions are great. Thanks a lot for the tip.
 
Old 09-19-2006, 01:36 AM   #4
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Smile Acer Wireless problem

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Originally Posted by craigconrad
Thats the ticket! MadWiFi compiled and installed beautifully. The wiki instructions are great. Thanks a lot for the tip.

Exactly: MadWifi is one of the good project for Wireless support on Linux. I use with Acer2410 and is working fine.
 
Old 09-19-2006, 08:04 AM   #5
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Glad I could help, enjoy your wireless freedom.
 
Old 05-19-2007, 10:20 AM   #6
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Hi Craig,
I have recently purchased Acer Aspire 5100.
I want to find out whether you have been able to get the touchpad working properly. My installation of Slackware 11.0 has detected it as a PS/2 mouse. I have tried to download the synaptics driver and followed the instructions in the synaptics documentation in /usr/(...). However when I run startx I get error messages stating that synaptics touchpad is not detected.
Sorry for gatecrashing into your thread.
 
Old 05-19-2007, 12:50 PM   #7
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What kernel are you using ... did you remember to install the kernel modules ? If so, try running 'xorgsetup'.
 
Old 05-19-2007, 10:24 PM   #8
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Hi,
I am using 2.6.17.3. I have used xorgconfig but I did not find synaptics as one of the options. I'll try xorgsetup as you suggested.
 
Old 05-20-2007, 12:16 AM   #9
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Yeah. I have the touchpad working fine. I forgot about this thread. I kept using google searches and lucked onto a site with a driver and a user posted his xorg confg file as an example. I'll try and round up all the information I have and post it later tomorrow.
 
Old 05-20-2007, 01:41 AM   #10
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thanks Craig!
 
Old 05-20-2007, 02:54 AM   #11
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In my Section Modules of my xorg.conf I have this line

Code:
# Load Synaptics
    Load        "synaptics"
Then later I have these lines

Code:
Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "synaptics"
    Option      "Device"        "/dev/mouse"
    Option      "Protocol"      "auto-dev"
    Option      "LeftEdge"      "1700"
    Option      "RightEdge"     "5300"
    Option      "TopEdge"       "1700"
    Option      "BottomEdge"    "4200"
    Option      "FingerLow"     "25"
    Option      "FingerHigh"    "30"
    Option      "MaxTapTime"    "180"
    Option      "MaxTapMove"    "220"
    Option      "VertScrollDelta" "100"
    Option      "MinSpeed"      "0.09"
    Option      "MaxSpeed"      "0.18"
    Option      "AccelFactor"   "0.0015"
    Option      "SHMConfig"     "on"
#   Option      "Repeater"      "/dev/ps2mouse"
EndSection
IIRC when you install the synaptics module it put it in the wrong place. I had to look through /var/log/Xorg.0.log

This is the info I have in my log

Code:
(II) LoadModule: "synaptics"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input/synaptics_drv.o
(II) Module synaptics: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
        compiled for 4.2.0, module version = 1.0.0
        Module class: XFree86 XInput Driver
        ABI class: XFree86 XInput driver, version 0.3
Hopefully this helps.
 
Old 05-20-2007, 11:01 PM   #12
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Ok. i downloaded "synaptics-0.14.4-8.fc6.x86_64.rpm" and extracted to my /root folder. Then followed the install instructions in the new folder. Made the changes to my xorg.confg file. Bassmadrigal has the same changes that I do. Although my file went to the right place, maybe he is not running Slamd64. I dont feel so newb anymore. Hope this helps.
 
Old 05-21-2007, 08:25 AM   #13
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Hi Craig,
It is still not working. I have added the options you suggested to xorg.conf. But when I run startx it says it cannot find synaptics touchpad. I have been going through "Trouble Shooting" pages at the synaptics webpage - http://web.telia.com/~u89404340/touc...e-shooting.txt
Here it says the following -
Quote:
If you are using a 2.6 linux kernel, check the /proc/bus/input/devices
file. The touchpad must be identified a "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"
or an "AlpsPS/2 ALPS TouchPad". If it is identified as a "PS/2 Generic
Mouse" or "PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad", something is wrong.

and /proc/bus/input/devices on my system reads "PS/2 Synaptics Touchpad" so something seems to be wrong. what does this file read in your system?
 
Old 05-21-2007, 02:18 PM   #14
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Find

synaptics_drv.o

and make sure it is located here

/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input/

if that doesn't work post your /var/log/Xorg.0.log
 
Old 05-22-2007, 12:51 AM   #15
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Hi Bassmadrigal,
I downloaded the synaptics src and untarred it /usr/local/ . The package requires x source, which is installed in /usr/. Then I changed the top option in Makefile to /usr/xc and the did
$ make
Then I copied the synaptics_drv.o /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input.
Still Xorg is unable to locate synaptics touchpad. I'll post the contents of /var/log/Xorg.0.log shortly.
 
  


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