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driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby the_punisher on Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:51 am

I have the atheros AR5007EG Wireless card in my Fujitsu Siemens V5535 notebook. Linuxmint does not recognize it.

I have found that people on ubuntuforums have managed to get this to work in ubuntu. since linuxmint is based on ubuntu it should also be able to support it.

I have linuxmint 5.

an any1 plz help me install the wireless driver.

Im also a noob at linux so a little help would be appreciated :)
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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby kirsch92 on Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:08 am

open up a terminal window and type:
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lspci

somewhere near the bottom will be an output for your wireless adapter.
I suspect it will be this:
Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
If it does, this should work great:
http://www.linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=14787
I give a quick rundown there, with a link to the original Ubuntu post.
It was much simpler than many of the other procedures I have found, and it just worked.
Note I mention a minor change in the file name that the ubuntu post has not corrected.
If you have other restricted drivers you are using, I suggest reading the entire ubuntu thread.
let me know if you need more help.
PS. some people use the ndiswrapper driver included in Mint, but I would get lockups everytime it loaded.
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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby the_punisher on Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:56 am

thx for the reply kirsch92

so what ur saying is that all i should do is open the terminal and write :

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lspci


and it should start working??

I chose to just disable the HAL and Atheros support under the restricted drivers manager


also i cannot find this option for HAL drivers, so i cant disable them.. what does HAL stand for anyways?
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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby kirsch92 on Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:22 pm

Running lspci will just output a list of you PCI devices on you machine so we can be sure you have the correct chip.
HAL stands for Hardware abstraction layer. You can Google for more info.
I just checked out the ubuntu post. He updated the driver a few days ago, which may or may not change things.
Go ahead and run lspci and then post the output of that command here.
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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby the_punisher on Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:21 pm

here is the result of lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 671MX
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS968 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 01)
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] (rev 01)
00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 191 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev 02)
00:05.0 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SATA Controller / IDE mode (rev 03)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:0f.0 Audio device: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Azalia Audio Controller
00:1f.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby kirsch92 on Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:49 pm

OK, you've got the right chip. I need to modify my post, but won't have time to do it until tonight.
If you can follow the ubuntu thread that will give you a patched driver with extra stuff you probably dont need.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=795984

Or you can try this one:
http://madberry.org/2008/08/how-to-get-atheros-ar242x-wireless-to-work-2/

Once thats done you should see your wireless network showup under the network manager in the tray.
if you need more specific instructions I will try and give them later tonight. Those are both pretty straight forward though.

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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby the_punisher on Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:08 am

thanks a lot krisch92, it works perfectly now :)

my mint is finally online :)

but from the guide i dont understand this part

Keep in mind that every time the Kernel gets updated you have to run these commands again:

sudo apt-get update && sudo aptitude install build-essential

Now run:

make clean

make

sudo make install

sudo modprobe ath_pci

sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta

Off course in the madwifi folder. You might want to move the folder to your home folder because we’ll need it again after a Kernel update.

To get your wireless back up that is until they fix the problem in the Kernel and wireless works after restarting with the new Kernel.

Don’t be shy let us know in the comments below if the solution worked or not(in that case I can assist you and get it to work) .


i dont get it, so with every minor update i have to do this all over again??
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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby kirsch92 on Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:01 am

As long as you use mintupdate to do your updates you should be fine.
I think an ubuntu kernel upgrade will break mint, and is most likely a Level 5 update.

Which method did you follow? Nicedudes on ubuntu, or that other one?
So I know which to use for my re-write :D

I would keep a copy of the driver you used. I think madwifi drivers get updated every 3 months.
I suppose it's possible a new one might not work for you. It's all magic to me, I just use what works.

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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby the_punisher on Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:32 am

i couldnt make sense of the ubuntu guide so i used the other one the madberry one, it was much simpler and to the point :)

thanks again :)
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Re: driver for atheros AR5007EG Wireless card??

Postby Katzedecimal on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:48 pm

I used the Madberry instructions to configure my husband's Atheros AR5007EG card successfully. (He then called me his Linux guru :lol: )
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