Re: [opensuse] Trying to make a wireless connection

A. den Oudsten wrote:
Ed Harrison schreef:
A. den Oudsten wrote:
Hans Krueger schreef:
A. den Oudsten wrote:
David C. Rankin wrote:

A. den Oudsten wrote:

I have an Acer Aspire 5315
I was able to connect my Atheros AR5006EG 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express Adapter to the Wifi source with the help of a driver net5211.inf I found on

The Aspire 5351 went for repair of the DVD drive and when it came back there was the Atheros AR242x 802.11 abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter and what ever I tried with ndiswrapper and NDISGTK the driver net5211.inf was not accepted.
Any suggestion where and how I can get a proper driver?

Thanks in advance,

André den Oudsten

Links 2,3 & 5 from google "Atheros AR242 linux":

I haven't read them, but they look promising. I have also had the best luck with madwifi drivers from:

Thanks for the suggestions, but they did not bring me to a solution.

Since then I tried to install with NDISGTK the following XP drivers from the Acer site:

netathr.inf; Invalid driver

netathrx.inf; Invalid driver

netw4k32.inf; Hardware present: No

netw4x32.inf; Invalid driver

netw4x64.inf; Hardware present: No

From 'hwinfo –netcard' I got:

Model: "Atheros AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter"

Driver Status: ath5k is active

Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe ath5k"

Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown

Attached to: #19 (PCI bridge)

From the madwifi site I learned that ath5k is the successor of madwifi.

What else can I do?

André den Oudsten

do what I did

You'll need to compile and install it, as described in README and
INSTALL files in the source code.

and uninstall the ath5k
good luck

I followed the instructions in First Time User HOWTO and after entering
make I got as reply:
bash: command not found

I was a little embarrassed!!

What can I do?


You need to install make and gcc. zypper -n in make gcc


I installed make and tried again.
After make I got: *** KERNELCONF: /lib/modules/ does not exist.. And indeed in /lib/modules/ I only found dumpfile.config and Module.symvers.
I'm one step further but I must say this matter is rather resistant!!!
Any suggestions?
is this your first time compiling ?


Hans Krueger

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