Wifi on Linux Mint

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  1. TIMONLINE

    TIMONLINE New Member

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    I'm using Linux Mint and am trying to install a TP-LINK TL-WN851ND PCI wifi card. The card is definitely seen by the computer as it's listed when I do a lspci and the ath5k and ath8k drivers appear to be installed but it's not giving me an options to enable the card (neither does the status light flash).

    Any ideas anyone?

  2. Kerms

    Kerms New Member

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    Taking a quick google for your card, I found that you need the ath9k.

    And a `apt-cache search' yields the package called firmware-atheros, but `dpkg -S' yields that my kernel (2.6.38..) already has it.
    So, try to do:
    # modprobe ath9k
    And see if that works.

    I'm not sure if mint has it, (I use Debian) but try to do:
    # apt-get install firmware-atheros
    # modprobe ath9k

    If both fail, follow the compilation directions here:
    ech tee tea pee liver hack slash linuxwireless [D0t] org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k

    (Sorry for the cryptic link; I can't post links until I post five posts.)
  3. TIMONLINE

    TIMONLINE New Member

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    modprobe just throws up errors

    apt-get install firmware-atheros
    E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 Permission denied)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?
  4. Kerms

    Kerms New Member

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    Oh, you have to do everything I told you, as root.

    su - root
    If you've set your root password (NOT your user password), log in with that (If you have no idea what it is skip this method).

    Assuming sudo is installed, try:
    sudo su
    Type in your user password for this, and if everything went well, your prompt character should be a #.

    If both failed, google 'how to log in to root linux mint', and follow the directions the pages give.

    (Standard non-root prompts look something like: user (at) systemname: /directory/youre/in$
    Root looks very similar: root(at)systemname(colon)/directory/youre/in#
    )

    Also, this anti spambot crap is starting to really irritate me.
  5. TIMONLINE

    TIMONLINE New Member

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    This is what I get -

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package firmware-atheros
  6. Kerms

    Kerms New Member

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    Alright.
    What does

    modprobe ath9k

    (As root) give?
  7. diegosuse

    diegosuse New Member

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    kernel

    Upgrade your kernel.

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