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    Atheros Help please

    Im very new to linux, but great with xp. (Im just now trying to switch)

    Anyways Im trying to install my airlink awlc4030 which I believe is Atheros.

    The only problem is Im so lost.

    Ive been reading several things and trying them, such as madwifi and ndiswrapper, but the problem is Im so linux illiterate I cant even follow other's tutorials.

    I really need help, if someone could walk me through this, Id really appreciate it.


    ---Suse 10.1 i386
    ---Fujitsu C2010 Laptop

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    Linux Guru loft306's Avatar
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    Well first of all start here
    and the not understanding thing will solve it self in time as you stop thinking in terms of windows
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    im stuck here, please help

    Adding the drivers.

    At this point you need to get the windows drivers you are going to install, look in your drivers for a '.inf' file, mine is called 'bcmwl5.inf'. It may have a different name, if a .sys file comes with it then you will have to take that too.

    Place them in a folder, in the console you need to run the command to install it.


    ndiswrapper -i /link/to/bcmwl5.inf

    Obviously replacing the file location and name to whever you have it.

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    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
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    Which part are you stuck with? You seem to have the inf file, the .sys file will be in the same folder. Place them say in /tmp, open a terminal like Konsole or gnome-terminal and run the following commands, entering your root password when prompted.
    su -
    cd /tmp
    ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
    This should install the driver for you. To check run the command
    ndiswrapper -l
    (That's a lowercase 'L').

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    I cant find bcmwl5.inf, its not in ndiswrapper folder i just extracted.

    Do I need my wifi driver disc?

    Also how do I find my cd drive, I cant seem to find it anywhere in linux.

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    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
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    You will need your wifi disk most likely. If your machine has a windows install also try installing the driver there to extract the files. You will find your CD rom drive in either /mnt or /media depending on which version of Suse you are using. Also if you are using KDE you can type media:/ into the address bar of konqueror. Remember that the disc will be named what the CD is called, and it will only appear when you have a disc present.

  8. #7
    MadWifi works excellently for me (different card though).
    About MadWifi:

    Your card is listed in the compatibility list, but depending on which version of the card, may or may not be supported:

    SUSE package for the latest driver:

    I recommend you use MadWifi if it works. I personally prefer a driver made natively for Linux instead of a Windows driver being run through a reversed-engineered Linux hack of a Windows API.

  9. #8
    Thanks for helping.

    How do I know if my exact card model is supported, you said some versions of airlink awlc4030 are supported, and some airlink awlc4030 are not supported?


    could not test turbo mode, and had to specify 54M speed explicitly. FCC ID KA22003090016-1 and appears as: 02:00.0 "Class 0200" "168c" "0013" -r01 "0013" "3ab5" and works well, but beware, a new revision which has FCC ID KA22004042015-1 and appears as: 02:00.0 "Class 0200" "168c" "0013" -r01 "0013" "3ab8" does not yet appear to be supported
    How do I know my card's FCC ID to check if its compatible?

    Also: I see that rpm you gave me, but i have no idea how to install it, please help.


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    >How do I know my card's FCC ID to check if its compatible?
    Unfortunately, based on the results of several google searches, it appears that you can only determine the FCC ID by looking at the card itself. However, SuSE has (I believe) a very nice packaging system, so an easy way to tell if it works is: install the driver, and if it doesn't work, then get rid of it

    About installing the RPM, a quick google search on "suse installing rpm" gives this link as the second result:
    I personally am using Slackware, so I'm not familiar with SuSE's packaging mechanisms, but this guide seems fairly thorough.

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    Got it working, thanks guys!!

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