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    I am a new user of Linux. I am a teacher. I've tried now 5-6 different Linux versions - Mint, Ubuntu in versions 9, 10 and 11 None of these seem to want to activate the wireless aten on my Thinkpad PC. It's an older case. An R60. Can anyone help me? Your answer may be as little technical as possible. Many thanks in advance.

    Allan from Denmark

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    It depends upon the wireless chip set it uses. Boot up the system and open a command-line window. Then execute the command "lspci" and post the output back here. I can probably help you with that information. FWIW, Ubuntu has a "Hardware Drivers" entry in the System->Administration menu that should list the available drivers for your hardware that haven't been installed. This is a common problem since most Linux systems will not install proprietary drivers by default - leaving that for the user/installer to do after the system is up. I have to do this, install the drivers manually, on my laptops when I install a new Linux version.
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    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 21)
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
    15:00.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
    15:00.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller



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    Ok. The WiFi chip set is an Atheros AR5212 802.11abg chip set. It should be supported with 2.6.32 and later kernels. Have you tried running the Network Administration program to configure the wireless connection as yet? Also, what do you get when you execute the command "lsmod"? Post the contents of that command as well. Thanks.
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    I've been in the Control Center and then in Network Connections. Here I have set the wireless up. With the SSID and the associated code.

    Module Size Used by
    binfmt_misc 13213 1
    parport_pc 32111 0
    ppdev 12849 0
    dm_crypt 22463 0
    joydev 17322 0
    arc4 12473 2
    snd_hda_codec_analog 75442 1
    ath5k 144412 0
    ath 19141 1 ath5k
    snd_hda_intel 24140 2
    mac80211 257001 1 ath5k
    snd_hda_codec 90901 2 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel
    pcmcia 39671 0
    snd_hwdep 13274 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 80244 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_rawmidi 25269 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 51291 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer 28659 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    thinkpad_acpi 73750 0
    cfg80211 156212 3 ath5k,ath,mac80211
    snd_seq_device 14110 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    yenta_socket 27230 0
    psmouse 73312 0
    nvram 14035 1 thinkpad_acpi
    pcmcia_rsrc 18292 1 yenta_socket
    snd 55295 14 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,s nd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd _seq_device,thinkpad_acpi
    pcmcia_core 21505 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
    serio_raw 12990 0
    tpm_tis 13993 0
    tpm 21251 1 tpm_tis
    soundcore 12600 1 snd
    tpm_bios 13460 1 tpm
    snd_page_alloc 14073 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    lp 13349 0
    parport 36746 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    dm_raid45 88410 0
    xor 21860 1 dm_raid45
    btrfs 527341 0
    zlib_deflate 26594 1 btrfs
    libcrc32c 12543 1 btrfs
    i915 450944 3
    drm_kms_helper 40745 1 i915
    drm 180037 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    firewire_ohci 31504 0
    tg3 131476 0
    ahci 21591 2
    firewire_core 56138 1 firewire_ohci
    i2c_algo_bit 13184 1 i915
    video 18951 1 i915
    crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core
    libahci 25548 1 ahci

    I am a little ashamed at not being better at this - but I hope it goes?
    /Allan - Denmark

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    Well this line

    mac80211 257001 1 ath5k

    indicates that the driver is loaded. So, we need to look a bit further. FWIW, what is the Linux distribution+version+kernel that you are running with this now? You said you tried a number of them, so I'd like to know what the current one is that you are trying.
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    Linux Mint 11 (katya)
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    More ?

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    The kernel version would be helpful - uname -r
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    2.6.38-8-generic

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    Ok. This should work. Go to the System->Administration menu and see if there is an entry "Hardware Drivers" with something for the Athera WiFi card in it. My current best guess is that you need to install the firmware, since the driver is already installed.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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