Installing Altheros driver in Mint 14 KDE problem...[Solved]

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Installing Altheros driver in Mint 14 KDE problem...[Solved]

Postby Armstrong on Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:07 pm

Previously, in Mint 13 KDE, the driver [alx] for the Altheros AR8161 Ethernet/Bluetooth was not included with the distribution. I was able to find it on an Ubuntu forum and installed it myself. I also had to re-install it after every kernal update. Today, I installed Mint 14 KDE. When I went into console to install it, this is what resulted:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-`uname -r`
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic is already the newest version.
The following extra packages will be installed:
dpkg-dev g++ g++-4.7 libalgorithm-diff-perl libalgorithm-diff-xs-perl
libalgorithm-merge-perl libc-dev-bin libc6-dev libstdc++6-4.7-dev
linux-headers-3.5.0-23 linux-headers-3.5.0-23-generic linux-libc-dev
manpages-dev
Suggested packages:
debian-keyring g++-multilib g++-4.7-multilib gcc-4.7-doc libstdc++6-4.7-dbg
glibc-doc libstdc++6-4.7-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
build-essential dpkg-dev g++ g++-4.7 libalgorithm-diff-perl
libalgorithm-diff-xs-perl libalgorithm-merge-perl libc-dev-bin libc6-dev
libstdc++6-4.7-dev linux-headers-3.5.0-23 linux-headers-3.5.0-23-generic
linux-libc-dev manpages-dev
The following packages will be upgraded:
linux-headers-generic
1 upgraded, 14 newly installed, 0 to remove and 8 not upgraded.
Need to get 14.0 MB/29.1 MB of archives.
After this operation, 117 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
Abort.

Everytime I enter "Y", the response is, "Abort." I have tried to just type the letter "Y", and I have also hit "Enter" after doing so. The "Abort." only appears after I hit the "Enter" key.

Thanks for any help!
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Re: Installing Altheros driver in Mint 14 KDE problem...[Sol

Postby Armstrong on Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:19 pm

I have no idea how I solved this problem, but it is solved. I tried the following command in bash:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-cw-3.4-precise-generic
sudo modprobe alx

After that didn't work, I changed the 3.4 to 3.6 (as was suggested on an Ubuntu forum) but that didn't work. I then entered into bash the following:

ifconfig eth0 up && sudo dhclient eth0

That had no results, either. However, after that I re-entered the original command

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-`uname -r`
wget -O- http://linuxwireless.org/download/compa ... pc.tar.bz2 | tar -xj
cd compat-wireless-2012-07-03-pc
./scripts/driver-select alx
make
sudo make install

and it worked. I now have an ethernet connection
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Re: Installing Altheros driver in Mint 14 KDE problem...[Sol

Postby Orbmiser on Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:38 pm

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cd compat-wireless-2012-07-03-pc
./scripts/driver-select alx
make
sudo make install


Yep that is standard for rolling your own and has to be done every time for kernel upgrades I believe.
For me was rolling my own wifi trying to get a more wifi stable connection.


Download the "Linux driver for Kernel 3.0.0/3.1.0/3.2.0" from the Realtek website here.
It will open in Archive Manager; extract the rtl8187L_linux_1041.0209.2012 folder to your Downloads folder.

Open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T, and type/paste the following, one line a time:


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 sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
    cd Downloads/rtl8187L_linux_1041.0209.2012
    make
    sudo make install


Then reboot, and your AWUS036H should be detected.
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