Karl Larsen k5di at
Thu Jun 26 12:19:53 UTC 2008

Clifford Haynes wrote:
> Karl Larsen wrote:
>> Michael "TheZorch" Haney wrote:
>>> OK, here is the deal, are you listening, I am still having WiFi 
>>> problems with Ubuntu on my laptop.
>>> The model is an Acer Aspire 4520, it has a wireless adapter which 
>>> Windows identifies as an Atheros AR5007EG 802.11b/g Wireless 
>>> Adapter.  After checking Atheros' website they link to the MadWiFi 
>>> drivers on for this specific adapter.  I learned 
>>> here in this support group that Ubuntu already has the MadWiFi 
>>> drivers at the time of installation so I did a full complete 
>>> reinstall of Ubuntu ... the 64bit Edition since the 32bit edition 
>>> won't boot on this machine for some reason.
>>> So here's the deal.  In the Restricted Drivers screen under 
>>> System~>Administration two drivers show up as Enabled (there is a 
>>> check in the box next to them) and their Status says "IN USE".  
>>> These are "Support for Atheros Hardware Abstraction Layer" and 
>>> Support for Atheros 802.11 Wireless Adapters".  A third is there but 
>>> that's my Nvidia card.
>>     What you needed to do was get the update system working but it 
>> could not because your WiFi was not working.
>>     Question 1. Is your nVidia working fine? Do you have a full size 
>> screen and all?
>>     It sounds like you need to plug in hard Internet and then using 
>> the Synpatic Package manager look for the MadWiFi download. If your 
>> nVidia is bad get that down too.
>>> So, as suggested by people in this group I went to the Network panel 
>>> applet, right clicked, and selected Edit Wireless Network.  On the 
>>> next screen there are no wireless networks shown and I cannot create 
>>> a new wireless connection on this screen.
>>     That is because you have no WiFi on your system.
>>> I looked in Help and it suggested running "sudo lshw -C network" to 
>>> see if there was actually a driver.  It displays only "PCI (sysfs)" 
>>> and just sits there.  "iwconfig" displays this message:
>>> lo                  No Wireless Extensions
>>> Eth0             No Wireless Extensions
>>> The "internal" WiFi adapter CAN be turned on and off with a button 
>>> on a button bar at the top of the keyboard, but this button bar is 
>>> driven by a piece of  "Acer Empowerment" software in Windows and I 
>>> doubt it works in Linux.  I pressed it anyway and nothing happens.  
>>> Above this button is an activity light for the WiFi adapter.  In 
>>> Linux this light is dark.  While Ubuntu detected my adapter and 
>>> installed drivers for it I still can't get it to work at all.
>>     It didn't install a thing. I could not. You were not connected to 
>> the Internet.
>>>   Does anyone here have any suggestions?  PLEASE!
>> Karl
> The other option might be to plug into a LAN to get on line for the 
> installs  ...  Yes?
    Exactly. I plan to put Ubuntu Hardy 32 bit on my laptop and fully 
expect to have the Internet attached via a cable before starting.



	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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