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    RHE 5.4 install did not pick up my Ethernet or Wireless cards


    SOS -- I just bought a new Acer Aspire 5810TZ-4657 and installed RHE 5.4 on it. The installation went pretty smooth for the most part, but it didn't pick up my Ethernet or Wireless cards. The cards' specs are as follows:

    Atheros AR5B91 Wireless Network Adapter
    primary Auto IP Address: 192.168.2.5 / 24
    Gateway: 192.168.2.1
    Dhcp Server: 192.168.2.1
    Physical Address: 00:25:56:5C:BD:E5
    Atheros AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    Gateway: 192.168.2.1
    Dhcp Server: none responded
    Physical Address: 00:1F:16:A0:91:38

    I went ahead and ran a script to collect additional info such as lspci, lsmod, dmesg, etc, but since I can't get online, I can't post it here (unless I retype the whole thing here which will be too tedious). Please help if you can. I'm new to RHE/Linux and I don't want this little mishap ruin my Linux experience; many thanks in advance.

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    Can you transfer the file to a USB drive so you can post the info from a different computer?

    Also, is there a compelling reason you're using Red Hat linux? It really isn't well suited to laptops overall.

    If you don't have a compelling reason, I recommend using something like Linux Mint.

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    Hi Reed9 -- Thanks for your kind offer to help; I really appreciate it.

    1- As to my reason to choose RHE Linux: I like to start training for "Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)" certification and eventually get a job in the field. I hear RHE is mostly used in corporate world and that certification almost guarantees a job in the market place. What do you think? Is my research/conclusion close to being accurate? Is RHE the most widely Linux in the corporate world? Please advise; thanks.

    2- Using USB drives: Great suggestion; I'll try it and will post the results to this thread as soon as I find my USB flash drive. Does RHE mount USB drives w/o any issues?

    Again, thanks for your help and have a happy time; later.

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    Mounting the USB stick shouldn't be a problem, assuming you're running the GNOME, KDE, or XFCE desktop.

    RHEL is one of the larger companies and used pretty extensively, yes. I've also heard certification is useful, but I don't work in IT, so I really have no experience in that area.

    Just be aware that using it as a desktop solution on a laptop, especially with newer hardware, is going to be more challenging than using other distros. There is also the community distro that's sort of "upstream" for Red Hat, Fedora. It will have better support for newer hardware, but it is also known for being pretty bleeding edge. As such it's not as stable as Red Hat. (Some folks go so far as to call it essentially beta software.) But it is very popular and many people run it as their main distro.

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    If you have a licensed RHEL installation, then you should be able to contact Red Hat tech support for help on this.
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    Rubberman -- I downloaded their 30 days free trial which is NOT supported.

    reed9 -- Attached please find a file named wireless_setup with all the info required; thanks.

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    I don't see the attachment, don't know what happened to it!!!

    Anyways, I'll paste it below instead:

    =========== lspci =================
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
    00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) Thermal Subsystem (rev 03)
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Attansic Technology Corp. Unknown device 1063 (rev c0)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

    ============ lsusb ================
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 064e:a133 Suyin Corp.
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

    =========== lsmod =================
    Module Size Used by
    i915 57921 1
    drm 115561 2 i915
    autofs4 63049 3
    hidp 83521 2
    rfcomm 104809 0
    l2cap 89281 10 hidp,rfcomm
    bluetooth 118852 5 hidp,rfcomm,l2cap
    lockd 101297 0
    sunrpc 198537 2 lockd
    ip_conntrack_ftp 41361 0
    ip_conntrack_netbios_ns 36033 0
    ipt_REJECT 38977 1
    xt_state 35265 10
    ip_conntrack 91621 3 ip_conntrack_ftp,ip_conntrack_netbios_ns,xt_state
    nfnetlink 40457 1 ip_conntrack
    iptable_filter 36161 1
    ip_tables 55201 1 iptable_filter
    ip6t_REJECT 38849 1
    xt_tcpudp 36289 26
    ip6table_filter 36033 1
    ip6_tables 50049 1 ip6table_filter
    x_tables 50505 6 ipt_REJECT,xt_state,ip_tables,ip6t_REJECT,xt_tcpud p,ip6_tables
    cpufreq_ondemand 42449 1
    acpi_cpufreq 47937 0
    freq_table 40889 2 cpufreq_ondemand,acpi_cpufreq
    ipv6 432161 23 ip6t_REJECT
    xfrm_nalgo 43333 1 ipv6
    crypto_api 42945 1 xfrm_nalgo
    dm_multipath 56153 0
    scsi_dh 41665 1 dm_multipath
    video 53197 0
    hwmon 36553 0
    backlight 39873 1 video
    sbs 49921 0
    i2c_ec 38593 1 sbs
    button 40545 0
    battery 43849 0
    asus_acpi 50917 0
    acpi_memhotplug 40261 0
    ac 38729 0
    parport_pc 62313 0
    lp 47121 0
    parport 73165 2 parport_pc,lp
    sr_mod 50789 0
    cdrom 68713 1 sr_mod
    joydev 43968 0
    sg 70377 0
    snd_hda_intel 584593 1
    snd_seq_dummy 37061 0
    snd_seq_oss 65473 0
    snd_seq_midi_event 41025 1 snd_seq_oss
    snd_seq 87777 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_seq_device 41557 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
    shpchp 70893 0
    snd_pcm_oss 77377 0
    snd_mixer_oss 49985 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 116681 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss
    uvcvideo 87497 0
    snd_timer 57161 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    snd_page_alloc 44113 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    snd_hwdep 43593 1 snd_hda_intel
    compat_ioctl32 41793 1 uvcvideo
    i2c_i801 41813 0
    snd 100073 11 snd_hda_intel,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,s nd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_hwd ep
    videodev 58689 1 uvcvideo
    v4l1_compat 44613 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    v4l2_common 57153 3 uvcvideo,compat_ioctl32,videodev
    i2c_core 56129 2 i2c_ec,i2c_i801
    pcspkr 36289 0
    soundcore 41825 1 snd
    serio_raw 40517 0
    dm_raid45 99657 0
    dm_message 36289 1 dm_raid45
    dm_region_hash 46145 1 dm_raid45
    dm_mem_cache 38977 1 dm_raid45
    dm_snapshot 51977 0
    dm_zero 35265 0
    dm_mirror 54609 0
    dm_log 44993 3 dm_raid45,dm_region_hash,dm_mirror
    dm_mod 101521 19 dm_multipath,dm_raid45,dm_snapshot,dm_zero,dm_mirr or,dm_log
    ahci 69449 2
    libata 209489 1 ahci
    sd_mod 56513 3
    scsi_mod 196697 5 scsi_dh,sr_mod,sg,libata,sd_mod
    ext3 168401 6
    jbd 94385 1 ext3
    uhci_hcd 57433 0
    ohci_hcd 55925 0
    ehci_hcd 66253 0

    ================== dmesg-firmware ===================

    ================= kernel version ====================
    2.6.18-164.el5

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    For the wired connection you need the atl1c driver.
    Attansic L1 driver

    There's a download for CentOS 5.2 (CentOS is a free binary compatible clone of Redhat) here: ftp://ftp.hogchain.net/pub/linux/att...tl1/centos5.2/

    It's not normally a good idea to mix rpms for different releases - 5.2 vs your 5.4 in this case. Your options are to try it, it will probably work, or build the module yourself. I have no idea if RHEL includes the build tools for compiling software by default or not. Someone more familiar with RHEL and RHEL clones can hopefully chime in.

    The wireless is harder. Here is some more info:
    HowTos/Laptops/Wireless - CentOS Wiki

    The relevent part
    <!> The Atheros AR5007EG (AR242x 802.11 abg) card is a special case. Using lspci will show it as AR5006EG or AR242x 802.11abg and the drivers are not yet in the main MadWifi releases. See the wiki page about the card for information about getting and installing its drivers.
    EDIT: CentOS is a community enterprise distro, rebuilt from Red Hat sources. It's basically a complete, free clone of Red Hat. Their info is readily available which is why I use it. I actually recommend using Scientific Linux, another clone, or CentOS over RHEL, while you're learning, because they are free of cost. Save your money until you actually need official support.

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    I don't know about this one, it's tricky. I have seen reports off it working with the ath9k driver...but they still have problems with it. Maybe you'll get lucky and it'll work.
    Code:
    modprobe ath9k
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    ath9k isn't included in red hat. You need at least kernel 2.6.27.
    ath9k - Linux Wireless

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