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Thread: Oh No! another noobie with wireless problems

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Somerset UK

    Cool Oh No! another noobie with wireless problems

    I am in the process of transferring my two recently built desktops onto linux .Both have operated pretty well with xp pro,
    and the one I'm using to make this post I put onto Fedora 9 without a hitch ,just needed to know which wireless network and
    have a wep key and off it went-magic!.
    However on the second machine I have installed Suse 11.1 and am
    getting well out of my depth trying to get the wireless to work.

    Both had new hard drives for their new operating systems I'm not trying to dual boot. The machine running Fedora has a realtek
    wireless card ,the machine running Suse has an Atheros card.

    I have looked at a number of the posts in the wireless section
    including the stickies and so I have included the following info
    in this post-

    machine AMD triple core phenom cpu
    AsRock mobo K10N78-1394
    4 gb ram
    250 gg western digital hdd
    belkin F5D7000 wirelessG desk top card
    o.s Suse

    yast-hardware info- Wireless lan --no entry
    network card Atheros 5007G
    wireless net work adapter


    Terminal lspci -- 01:0a.o Ethernet controller
    Atheros communications Inc
    AR 5007G wireless network
    adapter (rev 01)

    iwconfig-- lo no wireless extension

    eth0 no wireless

    dmesg | grep firmware - no response
    ACPI -warning (tbutils-027): incorrect checksum
    in tables [OEMB]-61 should be 58[20080609]

    eth0 no link during initialization

    end-request:I/O error ,dev fdo sector 0

    In my attempts to get this machine on line I have read
    read up on mad wifi,and ndiswrapper,but have also read
    that this should not be required as this version of Suse
    should be good to go with its own Ath9k driver.
    As mentioned earlier I am well out of my depth here but
    I have read that ACPI errors of the type shown above
    may indicate the ACPI is not recognising the wireless
    card and the work around is to turn it off in
    the bios.I should also mention the the wireless card
    shows up in Yast but as not configured ,and as the machine
    has not yet been online Iam constantly being reminded
    that it has not been updated.

    Any light anyone would care to throw on this would be
    most illuminating cos its real dark at present.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Somerset UK

    Default Re: Oh No! another noobie with wireless problems

    Hi -again

    Forgot to add to previous post ,that in Yast2 Network settings
    it says-- Unable to configure the network card because the Kernel
    device (eth0,wlan0)is not present.This is mostly caused by missing firmware(for Wlan devices).See dmesg output for details-(shown in
    previous post.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    U.K East Anglia

    Default Re: Oh No! another noobie with wireless problems

    try the compat-wireless driver, it should make it work.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Somerset UK

    Default Re: Oh No! another noobie with wireless problems

    Hi ,
    Thanks for the info, I had not come across compat-wireless
    before.I downloaded compat wireless-kmp-pae on my fedora machine
    burned it and loaded it in the suse machine-sadly the download failed with yast2 throwing up an error message containing a list of 30 dependancies(all Kernel elements)that are apparently missing from my kernel.Although not solving my problem your suggestion has
    taken me a step nearer a solution.Clearly the installation is
    incomplete-the iso image I downloaded of Suse 11.1 was 4.6 gb-the
    amount installed by the auto installation was2.6 gb I am wondering if these missing kernel elements are amongst the 2 gb not installed. I may try booting from the iso image or a live cd version I have of Suse 11.0 .


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Charleston, SC, USA

    Default Re: Oh No! another noobie with wireless problems

    The whole DVD isn't installed when you install openSUSE off of it. It contains a lot of extra packages that some users may need. You can use your DVD as a software repository in YaST-Software Management to install more packages that you may need after installation.

    After installing openSUSE, I always install the packages gcc, make, kernel-source, and kernel-header (those aren't the exact names, but they'll get you the correct packages in a search). Those four packages should take care of 90% (made up stat) of your dependency requirements.

    Also, it isn't recommended to install packages from a CD/DVD of a different release version, as the software was packaged with different version requirements. Just stick with the DVD and downloading stuff off of the net for your particular version and you should be able to get everything up and running.
    My personal philosophy:
    The only way you won't find something is if you stop looking.

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