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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:33 am    Post subject: [solved] Atheros wireless support in minimal install cd Reply with quote

Hello, I'm new to Gentoo, and I really want to get into it, however, I am stuck at the very beginning of the installation process.

My wireless device doesn't show up when I try ifconfig -a, and after running lspci, I found that the card I'm using is an Atheros AR922X wireless network adapter. Modprobe ath9k doesnt work, and throws a "module not found" error.

Does the installation CD not have the atheros wireless modules on it? I cannot physically connect my computer to the network, as it's on the other side of the house.

Any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to Gentoo.

Unfortunately, the minimal install CD doesn't have much of anything. I recommend you use the System Rescue CD instead. It includes everything you need, as well as some nice extras like a working X11 environment (xfce I think) with web browser, network manager, and partitioning tools if you so desire.

Oh, and I also recommend never trying to use a wireless anything via command line. That generally does not end well.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for the quick reply, I'll try the System Rescue CD.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh, and I also recommend never trying to use a wireless anything via command line. That generally does not end well.

This probably is a good advice, just sounds a little odd to me ... I used a Thinkpad on the road for a couple of years. I had a PCMCIA card for 3G and built-in wireless. I did not have any fancy network managers, I just fired up what I needed from CLI before doing startx.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what kernel does the minimal CD have, but kernels made with default gentoo config don't support atheros. You might need to compile your own kernel.
If you have another linux pc connected to the internet, unpack gentoo tarball there, mount --bind /proc and chroot to your brand new gentoo directory. You will be able to emerge kernel sourcces and genkernel (and bootloader - you're gonna need it too). When yuo're done with ocmpilation just copy gentoo folder to your target pc and reboot into base system with your brand-new-kernel
I hope you are not new to linux at all, it's not a distro for beginners ;)
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies, guys!

szatox wrote:
I hope you are not new to linux at all, it's not a distro for beginners ;)


I've been messing around with Linux for around five years, but I've finally made the decision (prompted by Windows 8 ) to switch to Linux as my main desktop OS. I am very attracted to the fact that it isn't a beginner's distro, as I want to learn more about Linux if I'm going to be using it full-time.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to recommend the sysresqcd too, already done so I'll just confirm for anyone reading this in the future that it does have the atheros driver module.
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