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.



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.


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


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 .


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.

thanks so much for useful info