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Reinstall Mint

Postby Guest on Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:13 pm

Hello! I am new to the Linux word... so new!! I researched a lot and I saw that Mint was one of the best distros. I installed it. While trying to install my Wireless Card's drivers I went to many forums and none of them worked, but I think that while I was doing that, I messed up a couple of things of my distro. For example, I uninstalled the ndiswrapper, and when I try to install it again it doesnt let me, its giving me errors every time I try to install something after I compile it. I want to know if there is a way for me to reinstall Mint or at least put it in the previous state as when I installed it. I tried putting the LiveCD and install it in top of my current installation but it gave me an error. If anybody has a better solution than reinstalling Mint, my Wireless Card is an atheros ar5007eg. I have a Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5881 with Windows Vista as the other operative system. Thanks
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby 67GTA on Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:15 pm

What errors are you getting when trying to install ndiswrapper. It is in the repos, so you should be able to install it with the package manager without compiling anything. The driver for your card is already in /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/drivers/Atheros_AR5007eg after installation. The native ath_pci driver doesn't work. Once you get ndiswrapper installed, Go to Menu>Administration>Windows Wireless Drivers. When it asks for the driver, navigate to this folder and select the net5211.inf file. Then you have to edit a couple of files. Open a terminal and run
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sudo gedit /etc/modules
Then add ndiswrapper to the end of the file and save it. Then run
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sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
Then add
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blacklist ath_pci
to the end of this file and save it. Then go to Menu>Administration>Hardware Drivers and uncheck ath_pci. After a reboot, you should have wireless. Just click on the network manager icon to select a connection.
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby raygo on Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:59 pm

Hello. Thanks for your quick response. I did what you told me, but when I go to "Hardware drivers" there is nothing there and i rebooted and I cant see the wireless yet
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby 67GTA on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:02 pm

Without knowing what else you have tried, it is hard to say. Post the output of
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lsmod
from a terminal so I can see if there are any other modules messing with ndiswrapper.
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby raygo on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:11 pm

Hellol. I was able to reinstall Linux Mint, but the Wireless doesnt work yet, I have only tried what you just told me.

    Module Size Used by
    usbhid 32128 0
    hid 38784 1 usbhid
    af_packet 23812 2
    rfcomm 41744 2
    l2cap 25728 13 rfcomm
    bluetooth 61156 4 rfcomm,l2cap
    ppdev 10372 0
    cpufreq_powersave 2688 0
    cpufreq_stats 7104 0
    cpufreq_userspace 5284 0
    cpufreq_ondemand 9740 0
    cpufreq_conservative 8712 0
    freq_table 5536 2 cpufreq_stats,cpufreq_ondemand
    container 5632 0
    sbs 15112 0
    sbshc 7680 1 sbs
    dock 11280 0
    iptable_filter 3840 0
    ip_tables 14820 1 iptable_filter
    x_tables 16132 1 ip_tables
    parport_pc 36260 0
    lp 12324 0
    parport 37832 3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
    joydev 13120 0
    usb_storage 73664 0
    libusual 19108 1 usb_storage
    video 19856 0
    output 4736 1 video
    psmouse 40336 0
    serio_raw 7940 0
    battery 14212 0
    button 9232 0
    ac 6916 0
    i2c_piix4 9612 0
    evdev 13056 6
    shpchp 34452 0
    pci_hotplug 30880 1 shpchp
    i2c_core 24832 1 i2c_piix4
    pcspkr 4224 0
    reiserfs 239616 1
    atiixp 5648 0 [permanent]
    ide_core 113996 1 atiixp
    sg 36880 0
    sr_mod 17956 0
    cdrom 37408 1 sr_mod
    sd_mod 30720 3
    pata_atiixp 8960 0
    ata_generic 8324 0
    pata_acpi 8320 0
    ehci_hcd 37900 0
    ohci_hcd 26640 0
    ahci 28548 2
    usbcore 146412 6 usbhid,usb_storage,libusual,ehci_hcd,ohci_hcd
    libata 159344 4 pata_atiixp,ata_generic,pata_acpi,ahci
    scsi_mod 151436 5 usb_storage,sg,sr_mod,sd_mod,libata
    r8169 33156 0
    thermal 16796 0
    processor 37384 1 thermal
    fan 5636 0
    fbcon 42912 0
    tileblit 3456 1 fbcon
    font 9472 1 fbcon
    bitblit 6784 1 fbcon
    softcursor 3072 1 bitblit
    fuse 50708 3
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby 67GTA on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:16 pm

I see the r8169 module is being loaded. That is for Realtek cards. Are you sure it is really ar5007eg? Post the output of
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lspci
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby raygo on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:19 pm

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3)
00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3a)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h HyperTransport Configuration (rev 40)
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Link Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS780MC [Radeon HD 3100 Graphics]
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby 67GTA on Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:42 pm

What is the output of
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ndiswrapper -l
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby raygo on Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:39 am

net5211 : driver installed
device (168C:001C) present
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Re: Reinstall Mint

Postby 67GTA on Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:29 am

I have to ask. Does your laptop have a switch for the wireless?
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