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Old 06-27-2006, 08:24 PM   #1
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Question suse 9.3 vs. suse 10.0 wireless installation


I have a Toshiba Satellite P25 which uses an Askey minipci card with Atheros AR5212 chipset for wireless connection. This worked fine on suse 9.3 right out of the box, but with suse 10.0, I have been unable to establish a connection. Research has led me to believe I am going to have to go the ndiswrapper route to make this work. The only Windows XP disk I have is Toshiba's recovery disk which does a total reformat and reinstall so don't know where to find the appropriate drivers for ndiswrapper. Questions:
1. Is this the best solution or is there a better method for getting this to work?
2. How do I find the correct drivers for ndiswrapper?
3. Any idea why suse 9.3 supports this wifi card but 10.0 does not?
Any recommendations will be appreciated and given a try.

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Old 06-27-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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You might first want to see if you can get the madwifi driver working.
This might help: http://madwifi.org/wiki/Requirements
It could be a simple matter of installing the correct package from your distro and modprobing the driver. After that, you might be able to set it up in YaST. If not, try to install the madwifi driver yourself.

If you do need to go the ndiswrapper route, check out the ndiswrapper Wiki page:
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m....php/Main_Page

In the HCL listing, if you card is listed, there will be a link where you can download the driver you need. Sometimes, the driver that is supplied with the device doesn't work with ndiswrapper. Going with the driver that they recommend is probably your best bet.

Good Luck!
 
Old 06-27-2006, 10:12 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ursahoribl
I have a Toshiba Satellite P25 which uses an Askey minipci card with Atheros AR5212 chipset for wireless connection. This worked fine on suse 9.3 right out of the box, but with suse 10.0, I have been unable to establish a connection.
Firstly, is the driver loading? The Madwifi drivers should have been installed as part of Suse 10.0. Try
Code:
rpm -q madwifi
If the Madwifi package is installed, the next step is to make sure that the driver is loading.

You can check this with
Code:
lsmod
If you can establish that the drivers are installed and are loading, then you have no need for ndiswrapper.

I tried Suse 10.0 back when it was released, and it configured my wireless for me.
 
Old 07-01-2006, 06:19 PM   #4
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I tried all of the recommendations received, but nothing worked - madwifi not installed, after installation ath_pci module not found, etc. After several hours of chasing my tail, I reinstalled 9.3 and everything works fine.

Was not only having trouble with wireless connection, but was unable to access external USB devices, and mouse wheel worked everywhere except in Yast2. All working fine under 9.3.

Guess I'll wait for another release or two before trying 10.x again or maybe take the opportunity to try another distro or two.

Grizzly
 
Old 07-01-2006, 07:51 PM   #5
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It is in fact nothing more then installing the madwifi driver. If modprobe fails, you didn't install the driver the right way. In 9.3 (and 10.0) madwifi was included by default. In 10.1 that isn't the case. So, install the driver and you're good to go.
 
  


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