Acer Aspire 4520 madwifi won't work

People have said to use madwifi but I can’t get it to work, and I can’t figure out what this wrapper thing is or where to find anything. I’ve got a wireless thing, the Network Settings says it’s an unconfigurable AR242x 802.11 abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter, says it’s “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.”

I’d put that output here, but when I tried to it says I exceed a character limit (apparently limited to 10,000 characters, if I post it, this becomes 42,589 characters, so yeah…)

G Warrior107 wrote:
>
> I’d put that output here, but when I tried to it says I exceed a
> character limit (apparently limited to 10,000 characters, if I post it,
> this becomes 42,589 characters, so yeah…)

Edit the dmesg output. We don’t care where your memory is located, etc. Find the
place where it starts to mention your AR242X and throw away everything above
that point.

Do you know how to get the dmesg output, or the output of most commands, into a
file? You need to use the ‘dmesg > dmesg.out’ command.

Larry

It doesn’t have it there, is there something else I can search for? Something else that might be it? It can’t find those characters, and then I tried just the numbers and they only showed up like 3 times, and all of those were clearly not it.

(sorry if I’m not good at getting useful information, not very used to a whole lot of this stuff yet, I haven’t even been using Linux a full 2 months yet, and I definitely haven’t had trouble to this degree before with Internet, on my desktop it worked fine after just changing one setting, no kernel thing or anything)

G Warrior107 wrote:
> It doesn’t have it there, is there something else I can search for?
> Something else that might be it? It can’t find those characters, and
> then I tried just the numbers and they only showed up like 3 times, and
> all of those were clearly not it.
>
> (sorry if I’m not good at getting useful information, not very used to
> a whole lot of this stuff yet, I haven’t even been using Linux a full 2
> months yet, and I definitely haven’t had trouble to this degree before
> with Internet, on my desktop it worked fine after just changing one
> setting, no kernel thing or anything)

If it doesn’t show up, then there may not be an open-source driver for your
wireless device. If that is true, then ndiswrapper is your only choice.

Ethernet devices are much simpler than their wireless brothers. In addition, the
vendors are not so afraid of loosing competitive advantage by publishing the
specs for their devices. As a result, most ethernet devices work out of the box.

Please go to http://forums.opensuse.org/network-internet/wireless/, read the
sticky entitled “My wireless doesn’t work …”, determine the details of your
device, and post those back here.

Larry