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Old 26th May 2007, 07:06 PM
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Wifi on Aspire 5610 Notebook not Detected

Hello. I recently installed Fedora 6.97 on my notebook, and for the most part is has been fine. I can't, however, seem to get it to pickup the wireless card in my notebook. My notebook is an Aspire 5610Z, and most LiveCDs see it as Atheros. So, I installed Madwifi. The installation went without a hitch, but Fedora failed to detect it on reboot.

Got any ideas on how to make this work?
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Old 27th May 2007, 07:42 PM
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Hello. I recently installed Fedora 6.97 on my notebook, and for the most part is has been fine. I can't, however, seem to get it to pickup the wireless card in my notebook. My notebook is an Aspire 5610Z, and most LiveCDs see it as Atheros. So, I installed Madwifi. The installation went without a hitch, but Fedora failed to detect it on reboot.

Got any ideas on how to make this work?
Have you tried Ndiswrapper and the the windows driver bcmwl5.inf
I have a Acer Aspire 3003 WLCi notebook and have may wireless working with those.
Mine is a Broadcom BCM 4318.
Using openSUSE 10.2 with my notebook and Fedora Core 6 with my desktop.
Try searching on google for info. the file (driver) will probably be in zip format.
May be on the Acer software/driver update website.
Ndiswrapper is on Sourceforge.
Check to see what Wireless card model you have.

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Old 29th May 2007, 03:56 PM
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Sorry for the slow response. No, I haven't tried Ndiswrapper (was trying to avoid it). I may have to, however, and if so I have should have the file on my desktop.

The Acer support website was no help. I'll pull the card later today and figure out exactly what it is, because it may well be a broadcom.
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Old 30th May 2007, 04:33 AM
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, but Fedora failed to detect it on reboot.

Got any ideas on how to make this work?
what exactly do you mean failed to detect it ?? fc doesnt see the card at all or the wifi just isnt working ?? i'm assuming the latter.

to find out what card you have run lspci -v as root.
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Old 30th May 2007, 06:48 AM
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The Acer website shows that that model has an intel 3945 wireless card, not atheros. Unless there was an error on their website, or that model gets different wireless cards by region, then the madwifi drivers will NOT work. Install the freshrpms repo and do "yum install dkms-ipw3945"
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Old 30th May 2007, 06:54 AM
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BTW: Do NOT use ndiswrapper. It is a bad choice.
Broadcom users should use the native bcm43xx driver, atheros users should use madwifi, intel users should use ipw3945 driver.
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Old 30th May 2007, 03:26 PM
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Spk037, that's good advice. I already did it, and I didn't see anything that looked like a wireless card. I'll post the output later when I get the notebook fired up and on an internet connection.

Serbinski, I'll give those drivers a try (have get 'em somewhere besides freshrpms as that isn't working for me right now). If it is Intel, or even broadcom like the onboard nic, then I don't understand why the atheros drivers loaded by Sabayon worked?
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Old 30th May 2007, 06:01 PM
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Spk037, that's good advice. I already did it, and I didn't see anything that looked like a wireless card. I'll post the output later when I get the notebook fired up and on an internet connection.
Hopefully you just missed it. You could be having a larger problem if fedora doesnt see the card at all.
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Old 31st May 2007, 09:18 PM
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Here is the output from the lspci command:

[root@localhost ~]# lspci -v
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Capabilities: [e0] Vendor Specific Information

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
Memory at d0100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
I/O ports at 5088 [size=8]
Memory at c0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Memory at d0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256K]
Capabilities: [90] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2

00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Memory at d0180000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 21
Memory at d0240000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [60] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [70] Express Unknown type IRQ 0
Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
Capabilities: [130] Unknown (5)

00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=0
Capabilities: [40] Express Root Port (Slot+) IRQ 0
Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [90] Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
Capabilities: [180] Unknown (5)

00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=0
Capabilities: [40] Express Root Port (Slot+) IRQ 0
Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [90] Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
Capabilities: [180] Unknown (5)

00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=04, subordinate=04, sec-latency=0
Capabilities: [40] Express Root Port (Slot+) IRQ 0
Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [90] Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
Capabilities: [180] Unknown (5)

00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=05, subordinate=05, sec-latency=0
Capabilities: [40] Express Root Port (Slot+) IRQ 0
Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [90] Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
Capabilities: [180] Unknown (5)

00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 20
I/O ports at 50a0 [size=32]

00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
I/O ports at 50c0 [size=32]

00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
I/O ports at 50e0 [size=32]

00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
I/O ports at 5400 [size=32]

00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 20
Memory at d0444000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [58] Debug port

00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2) (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=06, subordinate=0a, sec-latency=32
I/O behind bridge: 00002000-00002fff
Memory behind bridge: d0000000-d00fffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 0000000050000000-0000000051ffffff
Capabilities: [50] Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090

00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0
Capabilities: [e0] Vendor Specific Information

00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 80 [Master])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
I/O ports at <unassigned>
I/O ports at <unassigned>
I/O ports at <unassigned>
I/O ports at <unassigned>
I/O ports at 5440 [size=16]
Capabilities: [70] Power Management version 2

00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 10
I/O ports at 5420 [size=32]

06:01.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 10
Memory at d0010000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2

06:02.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Unknown device 0418
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 21
Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2

06:04.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB-712/4 Cardbus Controller (rev 10)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 0090
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 17
Memory at d0012000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Bus: primary=06, secondary=07, subordinate=0a, sec-latency=176
Memory window 0: 50000000-51fff000 (prefetchable)
Memory window 1: 52000000-53fff000
I/O window 0: 00002000-000020ff
I/O window 1: 00002400-000024ff
16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001


[root@localhost ~]#


As you can see, I missed it the first go around. However, it confirms that the chip is Atheros. Which begs the question, why is it not being picked up? The Madwifi drivers have been installed, so what is going on?
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Old 31st May 2007, 09:19 PM
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BTW, sorry to Spk07 if I sounded snarky.
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Old 1st August 2007, 10:29 PM
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The wifi card (Atheros) in the Acer Aspire 5610z is so new (it's actually a mini-mini-mini-PCI card) that it requires the drivers here:

http://www.acerpanam.com/flex/acerdr...TOKEN=90823117

It's one of the two Atheros options you have after selecting your 5610z notebook

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ndiswrapper to work...
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