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    debain live etch, no wireless drivers??


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    i booted into the debain live ETCH CD.. i see my wireless PCI dlink dwa 2320 when i type in lspci.
    ethernet controller atheros comm. inc. AR5212 802.11 abg NIC.

    I scanned and cant pick up an access point. so im assuming the drivers and pci wireless card arent working together..

    what are the network drivers in the live CD? are they any drivers madwifi? i cant connect to download any if i need them??

    how do i add the drivers to my card.... i didnt know what to type in konsole to find the drivers

    thanks

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    Hi Diablo-

    I found this in the gentoo documentation (for the most part all you need to do is substitute the emerge commands with your complimentary apt-get commands)

    HARDWARE Fujitsu Lifebook S7010D - Gentoo Linux Wiki

    It looks like you need the kernel module ath_pci . Search the live cd for this module. I'm not all that familiar with debian live cds so I can't give you a definitive answer, but at least this is a good hint.

    if the ath_pci is an available module you should just be able to type:

    modprobe ath_pci (as root user)

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    wireless connection

    i dont know the commands to look for the 3 packages and not sure what packages i need. cant download them since im not connected to the internet. also not sure what software to use to install the packages. im new to debian and trying it out

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    It looks like your card uses the ath5k diver module:
    ath5k - Linux Wireless

    I'm not sure if they are included in a live CD. To see a list of loaded driver modules. enter this command, and post the output.
    Code:
    lsmod
    You can copy it to a text editor and save it as a .txt file. You can the open it in windows with notepad, and post it to the forums.
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    I don't think that you'll find the ath5k driver on the liveCD. I have a 2.6.24.4 kernel, and it is not available in that.

    If you have the ath_pci module loading, you may be able to configure it following this guide:
    UserDocs/FirstTimeHowTo - madwifi.org - Trac
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    i cant download any or install from a download since im using a live cd, i can only use what on the system now.. later if i can connect ill try an total install..

    i dont think i have ath_pci either. does this tell anyone if i have any wireless drivers, to me it doesnt look like it

    i couldnt copy and save lsmod this listing, so this is written out

    module
    rfcomm 33180 0
    l2cap 2010 5
    bluetooth 43108 4
    ppdev 8708 0
    lp 10948 0
    button 6800 0
    ac 5252 0
    battery 9732 0
    dm_snapshot 15694 0
    dm_mirror 18000 0
    dm_mud 48592 2
    snd_intel8x0 29852 0
    snd_ac97_codec 82848 1
    snd_ac97_bus 2432 1
    snd_pcm_oss 38048 0
    snd_mpv401 7528 0
    snd_mpu401_uart 7552 1
    snd_seq_dummy 3972 0
    snd_seq_midi 27648 0
    snd_seq_midi_event 8352 0
    snd_seq 6784 2
    idi_event 42192 6
    SND_rawmidi
    snd_mixer_oss
    snd_pcm
    analog
    passport_pc
    gameport
    rtc
    snd_seq_device
    nd_rawmadi
    snd_timer
    parport
    snd
    snd_rqwmidi,snd-intel8x0
    floppy
    serio-raw
    soundcore
    i2c_i801
    intel_rng
    shpchp
    q_device, snd_timer
    psmouse
    pcspkr
    snd_page_alloe
    i2c_core
    intel_agp
    pci_hotplug
    agpport
    tsdev
    evdev
    squasnfs
    loop
    unionfs
    nls_iso8859_1
    isofs
    usbhid
    ide_cd
    cdrom
    idedisk
    generic
    uhci_hcd
    natsemi
    usbcore
    piix
    ide_core
    thermal
    procesor
    fan

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    I don't see any wireless drivers either. You could still try and and load the native module. I checked my kernel and the correct name is ath_pci
    Code:
    modprobe ath_pci
    If there are no errors, check lsmod again and see if there is a ath_pci loaded. I'm not sure how this driver works, but it's a start.
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    at ath5k - Linux Wireless supplied by waterhead it says
    are those commands, because it dont understand

    To enable ath5k, you must first enable mac80211:


    Networking --->
    Wireless --->
    <M> Improved wireless configuration API
    <M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)Please note that there is another 802.11 networking stack:


    <M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking StackYou do not need this. This option enables the old SoftMAC stack we hope to kill one of these days. You can still safely enable this though.

    You can then enable ath5k in the kernel configuration under


    Device Drivers --->[*] Network device support --->
    Wireless LAN --->
    <M> Atheros 5xxx wireless cards support

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    those would be in the kernel configuration, for compiling your kernel to have support for those things, which you wouldn't be able to do on a live cd, if you can't install and are only running from a livecd, you'll probably have to find one that comes with the driver you need on the cd, ubuntu 8.04 might have it, but i'm not sure

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    I just downloaded the 2.6.25.10 kernel source, and the ath5xxx module is available.




    I don't know if there are any live distros that use the latest kernel.
    Last edited by waterhead; 03-07-2010 at 07:07 AM.
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