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Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby monoXcide on Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:41 pm

I am a complete linux noob and just installed mint 6 on my netbook. This is my first time with linux ever.

I cannot get my wireless to work on my Acer netbook. I have searched the forums and saw where people have gotten it to work using the Windows drivers. I found the Atheros 7.0.6.224 driver from the acer support site and have extracted it on my desktop. Running the setup.exe does not work, so how are people installing the Windows drivers for the wireless? Another quick question...is this issue corrected in Mint7?

Thx in advanced!
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby DrHu on Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:10 pm

What is ndiswrapper..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NdisWrapper

Not setup.exe that is a windows operation, installing a Linux wrapper for eindows available drivers, if there are no Linux drivers that work for that card, or if you think the ndiswrapper/windows diver performs better..
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiD ... diswrapper
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby monoXcide on Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:59 pm

Im following the directions from the link and when I run lspci here is what I get:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)

I don't see anything in there that looks like a wireless card unless its the ethernet controller
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby acu8509 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:21 am

It won't show up is lspci because i'm betting your wireless is usb. try lsusb for one, it will probably show up on there. Also, you have setup.exe from the site, so you need to extract the drivers from it. Usually right-clicking and opening in archive manager (or whatever you use to 'unzip') and it should produce a bunch of files from the exe. I'm imagining there's a driver folder or something of the sort, so you'll need to extract those into the ndiswrapper folder. There's a lot of work to get non-linux drivers working, but it is possible.

edit: Also, this is the same in Mint7 since the procedure for this is very case-by-case basis, so i'd recommend updating to 7 before you get too involved.
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby pdc_2 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:38 am

Arch Linux has a page on how to set up an Acer Aspire One: it has detailed discussion on wireless network

http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ace ... ne#Network

they say:

AA1 wireless device is a rather new Atheros wireless chip not supported by Linux kernel until version 2.6.27. Before that an external module was required to be compiled and installed named madwifi.

Now we need to reset the wireless driver upon suspend/resume so we need to create a rule for pm-utils to reload the module. This is done by creating a new file under /etc/pm/config.d/ named modules with:

echo "SUSPEND_MODULES=\"ath5k\"" > /etc/pm/config.d/modules

Getting the latest ath5k driver

If you have problems with ath5k, you can get the latest version by following the instructions on this site: http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Download

Essentially, you install the latest wireless drivers into an updates/ directory, thus leaving the stock drivers intact for possible reverting.


would any of this be of any help to you?
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby pdc_2 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:54 am

sorry; you say you are brand-new to linux:

Linux Format magazine in the UK has a booklet on the Acer Aspire:

http://tuxradar.com/aspireone

download from there and have a read; 130 pages so heaps of advice !!

maybe they will mention a distro that supports the wireless more easily; and you might be best to try that till you get your feet ..................

we have made a variety of bootable SD cards that we run in a couple of the Eee netbooks: one can boot from the SD card slot, and check out the distros: we have a netbook distro: easy peasy; it is based on Ubuntu, and one can use a "create USB stick " utility that allows one to convert an .iso file (which is how a distro is downloaded); into a series of files on an SD card that can boot: that way one can check things out .............. yeah, .......... you need an internet connection but many still have eth0 connections available ..............
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby pdc_2 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:09 am

more reading!

You have put on Mint 6; it has now been superseded by Mint 7, based I understand on the latest Ubuntu;

if you go to the Ubuntu support page for the Aspire One

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne

you find wifi is supported out of the box:

there is a specific notebook variant from Ubuntu called UNR (Netbook Remix) and easy peasy is based on that layout, but easy peasy is on the older version of Ubuntu
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby monoXcide on Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:35 pm

Looks like its showing up when I ran lspci this time for whatever reason:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

I think I followed the directions correctly on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiD ... diswrapper but when I run ifconfig I get the following:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:23:8b:78:b2:d4
inet addr:192.168.1.6 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:37782 errors:0 dropped:1619986357 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:27608 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:48383985 (48.3 MB) TX bytes:3372601 (3.3 MB)
Interrupt:219

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:8 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:8 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:428 (428.0 B) TX bytes:428 (428.0 B)

Wireless is still not showing up.
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby pdc_2 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:50 pm

you are brand-new to linux; you have chosen to install Mint; seems you have put an older version of Mint in;

your computer has the Atheros wireless card in it; latest releases of various distros support this out of the box; eg our ASUS Eee has this card; easy peasy, cruncheee Eeebuntu, all run that card fine; no drivers needed;

so you have chosen to try to manually install a driver; two ways: 1) ndiswrapper, which uses a windows driver; purists frown at this; 2) install atheros driver; (you can't do both);

you have installed ndiswrapper; there may be some atheros driver loaded in the background; you need a wireless expert to help you
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby kei84 on Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:26 pm

You can download some eeeDistros here http://ftp.riken.jp/Linux/simosnet-livecd/EeePC/

I don't think they are oficial releases, but you can give them a try.
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby monoXcide on Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:59 pm

Installed Mint7 and wireless works. Mint7 is nice btw!

Installed 6 originally because I was using unetbootin to put the iso on a USB stick and didn't see Mint7 in the drop down. I also didn't see where you could just load any iso to boot upon first glance. I saw it this time, got the Mint7 iso and loaded that up.

Thx all for the help.
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA 150-1635 Wireless

Postby pdc_2 on Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:10 am

good work; I think the Atheros drivers are installed by default in the latest Ubuntu, and that flows on to Mint 7
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