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Old 07-18-2015, 08:42 AM   #1
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How to install ath10k driver on Linux Mint 17.2 cinnamon 64-bit?


Hi, I installed linux mint yesterday and I have been trying to install ath10k driver for my Qualcomm Atheros wireless chipset.
I have Ethernet connection but no wireless;when I type iwconfig in the terminal, eh0 and l0 are listed but no wlan0.
Following the instructions from https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/...h10k/backports, I have downloaded the backports-4.1.1-1, and have unpacked in on my desktop, but I have no idea what to do from there. Where should I place the unpacked folder? Also, when I typed in make defconfig-ath10k in the terminal, I received "make: *** No rule to make target 'defconfig-ath10k'. Stop.' What does this mean and what do I do about it? Thank you.
 
Old 07-18-2015, 10:15 AM   #2
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Hi & Welcome to Linux Questions.

Did you get the driver from the Ububtu Trusty repository?

Before you install the driver by use of the dpkg command look in "Additional Drivers" and see if that's an option first.
 
Old 07-18-2015, 06:48 PM   #3
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This is where I downloaded from : http://drvbp1.linux-foundation.org/~...tml/backports/
By 'Additional Drivers', do you mean the Driver Manager from System Settings? If so, nothing shows up in my Driver Manager window.
 
Old 07-19-2015, 10:13 AM   #4
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Also, when I run lsmod I see 'ath10k_core 236649 1 ath10k_pci' listed. But I still do not have wireless.
 
Old 07-19-2015, 01:10 PM   #5
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This is where I downloaded from : http://drvbp1.linux-foundation.org/~...tml/backports/
By 'Additional Drivers', do you mean the Driver Manager from System Settings? If so, nothing shows up in my Driver Manager window.
The link you provided is one way to install the driver but I am not good with tar.gxz.
I did download it (backports-4.1.1-1.tar.xz.
The tar command to untar is tar -vxf (name of tar.xz) Than you would follow steps 3-7 on that page.
In the terminal you would run tar xvf backports-4.1.1-1.tar.xz and hit Enter.

There should be an additional driver in the Driver Manager (from system settings) for your card.
If you don't see it than I'm not sure why.

I need to know exactly what card you have.
Is it the atheros Qca988x?

Please run this command and post the output so I can look for your driver.
Code:
lspci | grep -i network

Last edited by Ztcoracat; 07-19-2015 at 01:19 PM.
 
Old 07-19-2015, 06:25 PM   #6
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Thank you Ztoracat. I untarred it using the command, but still no wireless

The output for lspci | grep -i network is
05:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros Device 003e (rev 20)
which I thought didn't tell me much so I went and looked up my laptop's hardware specs from the vendor, and I see that I am supposed to have Killer E2200 Gigabit wired Ethernet and Killer WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, which is apparently an Atheros chip. (source http://www.techpowerup.com/180508/ms...herboards.html)
 
Old 07-19-2015, 08:33 PM   #7
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After you untar it you still have to run commands to get it installed.
-::Remember I told you I'm not good with tar balls.-::- (not the easiest to work with IMO)

So like I said after you untar that tar.xz than you have to run these commands (steps 3 through 8) in order and than reboot.
Steps 3-8 are on this page.
https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/...h10k/backports

I'll look for another way to install the driver for your Qualcomm Atherors Device.
If I can't find another way I'll get the advise from a member that has more experience in this area.
 
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Is your machine a Desktop or a laptop?

What made and model is your pc? This way I can look up the computers specifications.
 
Old 07-19-2015, 08:59 PM   #9
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It is a laptop. MSI GS60 ghost pro.
I was digging around trying to look for ways to install E2200 chipset drivers, and this thread looks insteresting. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2248919&page=4

But this bug report looks really promising. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...4/comments/189 I will try this out when I get back home.
 
Old 07-19-2015, 09:03 PM   #10
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As far as I can tell the ath10k is the correct driver for your Qualcomm Atherors card.
In some cases the driver is not enough. It could be that you need the firmware but I need to get confirmation on this.
https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/...th10k/firmware
 
Old 07-19-2015, 09:20 PM   #11
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Hi davdo91...

Welcome to the forum

I'd like to get a little more detail on your chip. If you would, please post the results of this command...

Code:
lspci -nnk | grep -i net -A2
Thanks!
 
Old 07-19-2015, 09:22 PM   #12
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It is a laptop. MSI GS60 ghost pro.
I was digging around trying to look for ways to install E2200 chipset drivers, and this thread looks insteresting. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2248919&page=4

But this bug report looks really promising. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...4/comments/189 I will try this out when I get back home.
Yes, that bug report does look like it may be an option.

I found the specifications for you laptop- (this will help others that chime in)
http://us.msi.com/product/nb/GS60-Gh...-specification

That's an incredibly amazing laptop.
 
Old 07-19-2015, 09:23 PM   #13
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Thanks for chiming in ardvark71-
 
Old 07-19-2015, 09:26 PM   #14
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Thanks for chiming in ardvark71-
No problem, I hope I can help with this...

Regards...
 
Old 07-20-2015, 04:20 AM   #15
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hey ardvark71
this is the terminal output for lspci -nnk | grep -i net -A2.

04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet Controller [1969:e091] (rev 13)
Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. [MSI] Device [1462:1102]
Kernel driver in use: alx
05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros Device [168c:003e] (rev 20)
Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. Device [1a56:1525]
Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci

Ztoracat, I have tried to follow the steps 3-8 on https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/...h10k/backports, but when I ran make defconfig-ath10k, terminal gave me this message

make: *** No rule to make target `defconfig-ath10k'. Stop.

I have been trying to figure out how to use the make command but so far I don't really understand it....

p.s. how do I copy the terminal output/codes into the nice little box like you guys are doing?

Last edited by davdo91; 07-20-2015 at 04:22 AM. Reason: forgot to add something
 
  


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