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    Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    Installed 10.04 on an Acer TimelineX 3820TG but can't get the ethernet to work.

    Code:
    $ sudo lshw -C network
      *-network UNCLAIMED     
           description: Ethernet controller
           product: AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet
           vendor: Atheros Communications
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
           version: c0
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list
           configuration: latency=0
           resources: memory:f0400000-f043ffff ioport:3000(size=128)
    Tried to add atl1e to /etc/modules with no luck.

    The driver from http://partner.atheros.com/Download.aspx?id=125 won't work either (error in script on make).

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    It makes perfectly for me. You need build-essential and linux headers-generic. You also need to precede to 'make' with 'sudo su.'
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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    I got the linux headers-generic installed.
    And the driver should already be in the kernel:
    /lib/modules/2.6.32-22-generic/kernel/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e.ko

    What driver are you using for the AR8151?

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    What driver are you using for the AR8151?
    I do not have the device; I was merely pointing out that the version you can download from Atheros will make correctly.

    I believe the pci.id for your device is 1969:1073. Verify with:
    Code:
    lspci -nn
    If so, your device is not supported in the built-in version of atl1e, but is in the version you can build from what you downloaded:
    Code:
    # modinfo atl1e
    filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.32-22-generic/kernel/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e.ko
    version:        1.0.1.9
    license:        GPL
    author:         Atheros Corporation, <xiong.huang@atheros.com>, Jie Yang <jie.yang@atheros.com>
    description:    Atheros Gigabit Ethernet driver
    srcversion:     D92F5696BBDCDFE391F4C3F
    alias:          pci:v00001969d00002062sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00001969d00001073sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    --- snip ---
    Post back if you get stuck.
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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    Yes, it says 1969:1073:

    lspci -nn
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1073] (rev c0)


    When I run make (as root) from the downloaded driver src folder I get this error:

    /bin/sh: Syntax error: "(" unexpected
    make: *** [default] Error 2

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    Quote Originally Posted by scenered View Post
    Yes, it says 1969:1073:

    lspci -nn
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1073] (rev c0)


    When I run make (as root) from the downloaded driver src folder I get this error:

    /bin/sh: Syntax error: "(" unexpected
    make: *** [default] Error 2
    The correct Makefile is in the directory above. I notice that untarring the tar.gz splatters stuff all over the /home directory; bad practice, in my opinion. Let's try this:
    Code:
    mkdir AR81Family
    mv AR81Family-Linux-v1.0.1.9.tar.gz AR81Family
    cd AR81Family
    tar zxvf AR81Family-Linux-v1.0.1.9.tar.gz
    sudo su
    make install
    modprobe atl1e
    exit
    As I said before, you must have build-essential installed.
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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    Thanks. There I got it ok!

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    Hello guys

    I have the same problem, but on the link you posted in post#1 the package is corrupt.

    when untaring I always get an error...

    can you please upload the package somewhere?

    I am very new to linux and I don't have much experience in installing packages from source. Can you help me with that?
    (I have the same notebook.. an acer aspire timelineX 3820TG)
    ahm.. can you check if the sound is working for you properly?
    If I plug in external speakers the sound disapears... if I unplug them I can hear everything through the internal speakers ÷_÷ it is confusing me x] on fedora core everything works fine :/

    greetings from germany

    joe

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    I have the same problem, but on the link you posted in post#1 the package is corrupt.

    when untaring I always get an error...
    It's not corrupt for me. Did you follow the instructions I posted just above? It works perfectly.
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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    I always get this error:

    Code:
    audiocrush@debistorm:~/Downloads/AR81Family$ tar zxvf AR81Family-Linux-v1.0.1.9.tar.gz
    atl1e.7
    atl1e.spec
    at_osdep.h
    copying
    dkms.conf
    ldistrib.txt
    Makefile
    pci.updates
    readme
    release_note.txt
    src/
    src/atl1c_hw.c
    src/atl1c.h
    src/atl1e_hw.h
    src/at_common_main.c
    src/atl1e_param.c
    src/kcompat.c
    src/at_common.h
    src/Module.symvers
    src/atl1c_main.c
    src/Module.markers
    src/modules.order
    src/atl1c_hw.h
    src/atl1e_hw.c
    src/atl1e_main.c
    src/atl1e_ethtool.c
    src/atl1c_param.c
    src/atl1c_ethtool.c
    src/at_osdep.h
    src/kcompat_ethtool.c
    src/Makefile
    src/kcompat.h
    src/atl1e.h
    
    gzip: stdin: decompression OK, trailing garbage ignored
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Beende mit Fehlerstatus aufgrund vorheriger Fehler
    *edit*

    OH w0000t?!
    I ignored this echo of the terminal and continued with sudo make install and it worked ._.
    without the need of a restart ÷_÷
    I'm heavily impressed of ubuntu
    thank you man

    but now I have one additional question:
    can you imagine why my sound is not working anymore when i plug in external speakers?

    and when i unplug them i can hear the system sounds again...
    Last edited by audiocrush; June 3rd, 2010 at 09:41 PM.

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