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    A few months ago I installed Debian Linux on my girlfreinds laptop with the help of my brother. I am jst a casual user of Linux but He is an avid user of Ubuntu. After the installation the only problem we have had is that we cannot find a driver for the wireless card. It is an Acer Aspire 5733Z-4851. The only explanation we have been able to come up with is that the computer was just to new and no one had written a driver yet. But me or my brother have yet to be able to find one for it. If anybody knows where I can get the driver i would appreciate it very much.

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    Assuming that the wireless is either a PCI or USB device, run these commands - "lspci" and "lsusb". These should indicate what hardware you have. You can then go to Welcome - Linux Wireless to find drivers for just about any wireless hardware that will work with Linux. In any case, post the output of those two commands here and I will try to move you forward.

    FWIW, there are two parts you need - the driver, and the device firmware. The website mentioned above will point you to both pieces, as well as provide instructions on installing them.
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    I ran both of those commands back to back and these are my results:

    bethany@Bethany:~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 02)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 05)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)
    00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 05)
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 01)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. Device 0032 (rev 01)
    ff:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 02)
    ff:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 02)
    ff:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 02)
    ff:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 02)
    ff:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)
    ff:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)
    bethany@Bethany:~$ lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:0138 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Card reader
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04f2:b209 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    bethany@Bethany:~$

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    Post terminal output of

    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    and

    Code:
    rfkill list all
    and

    Code:
    cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    and

    Code:
    iwconfig
    Plus make sure wireless in enabled in bios.
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    This is the wireless device, most likely: 02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. Device 0032 (rev 01)

    So, look this device up in the linuxwireless.org site and see what they say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    This is the wireless device, most likely: 02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. Device 0032 (rev 01)

    So, look this device up in the linuxwireless.org site and see what they say.

    Yo, Rubberman. What's up Bro. looks to be a Wireless N Atheros chip. The commands I posted was to find out Op's distro and kernel and whether ath9k might be loaded already because Debian already says about ath9k

    ath9k is a driver supporting Atheros 802.11n PCI/PCI-E chipsets, included in the mainline Linux kernel since version 2.6.27.
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