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    No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    Hello,

    I've had this computer for about a month and modified it to dual boot originally in Zenwalk along with Windows, but couldn't get the ethernet to work in Zen. When researching this problem, I came across this website:

    http://www.jfwhome.com/2009/08/06/pe...omment-page-1/

    and decided to try it, so I wiped Zen off the hard drive and installed jaunty. I made it all the way to the wireless connection (ethernet works - yay!) but there is no sign of life on the wireless side. I installed the jaunty backports like it says on the website and when I check on the synaptic package manager, there are green boxes next to:

    linux-backports-modules-jaunty /the installed version is 2.6.28.15.20, which is also the latest version.

    Also installed is:

    linux-backports-modules-jaunty-generic /the installed version is the same as above which is also the latest.

    There are no bars on the wireless and when I right click on the network manager, wireless is enabled along with networking. When I go to edit connections and click on the wireless tab, there is no list of available networks even though I have my router next to the computer and ther e are about 9 other networks seen when I run windows (or when I used to run zenwalk).

    Ironically, Zenwalk's network manager could see the networks with a straight out of the box installation (but no ethernet).

    I'm not sure what to do. I tried to click on "add" and give my network name and other pertinent facts but that just killed my ethernet and I had to reinstall everything to get it working again. So I'm being more patient and cautious this time. I need to know where to start. I would like to try to get wireless going so that I have both ethernet and wireless. If I can't, I'll have to go back to Zen because I need the wireless more than I need the ethernet. Of course, without both, I still have to use windows from time to time and I'm trying to move away from that so, it would be nice to get a linux installation where both will work. Any ideas are welcome and thanks in advance.

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    Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    Bump! Me too! Minus the Zen part...

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    Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    So what kind of wireless card is it? Go ahead and run...
    Code:
    lspci | grep -i "wlan"
    lsusb
    And post the output. The first command will list all PCI devices that have "wlan" in them, and the second will list all usb devices.

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    Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    I'm trying to get my ubuntu 9.10 netbook installed with this wireless device:
    02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

    The backports do not work with karmic and also the kernel stuff fails to build here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1286503

    Even though I have both of these installed:
    linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential

    I don't get why this wireless would work with ubuntu 9.04 backports but not with 9.10 backports. Any ideas?

    My Kernel version is: 2.6.31-14-generic
    Last edited by thesheff17; November 5th, 2009 at 03:38 PM.

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    Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    I followed the instructions at

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1286503

    with the following exceptions:

    1) I downloaded the "bleeding edge" drivers, available from http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Do..._bleeding_edge. I had previously used the "stable" drivers or the Jaunty backports, but I was getting horrendously unstable wireless (signal would drop/reconnect all the time; I would get 70% signal sitting 3 feet from a router/AP)

    2) After unzipping, I changed to the driver directory and selected the ath9k module using the driver-selection script.

    Code:
    ./scripts/driver-select ath9k
    This can save a lot of compile time on the 1005ha.

    3) Ensure you have all your relevant kernel headers in the right places, then run the following, in succession

    Code:
    make
    sudo make unload
    sudo make install
    4) At the end of the process, I did not need to reboot; just

    Code:
    sudo modprobe ath9k
    Now I'm up and running, and my machine is truly mobile - I felt like I was on a cell phone in 1998 before - twisting and turning, hunting around for a seat right next to where I thought the router would be. I would also get bumped off the network when people with certain wireless cards would sit near me. I now have no interference problems, rock-solid stability (for me, at least, YMMV), and full signal strength. I can see "100%" in my signal strength in the network manager for the first time.

    Also, I am not sure if this is relevant for your situation, but I have also installed fewt's excellent eeepc-tray and related scripts. It was formerly available on statux.org, and all my hotkeys work perfectly under Jaunty. I'm not even sure where to get it any more (I believe you can find eeepc-tray on SourceForge now), and it will not install through Synaptic anymore (fewt has taken down the repository). Cycling wireless on/off with Fn+F2 and reconnecting fixes almost all my wireless problems. Again, YMMV, but I'm finally starting to get happier with this machine (now all I need is something to spin down the hard drive - I'm jealous of Windows users' reported 9+ hour battery life...)

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    Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    Quote Originally Posted by fungiblename View Post
    I followed the instructions at

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1286503

    with the following exceptions:

    1) I downloaded the "bleeding edge" drivers, available from http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Do..._bleeding_edge. I had previously used the "stable" drivers or the Jaunty backports, but I was getting horrendously unstable wireless (signal would drop/reconnect all the time; I would get 70% signal sitting 3 feet from a router/AP)

    2) After unzipping, I changed to the driver directory and selected the ath9k module using the driver-selection script.

    Code:
    ./scripts/driver-select ath9k
    This can save a lot of compile time on the 1005ha.

    3) Ensure you have all your relevant kernel headers in the right places, then run the following, in succession

    Code:
    make
    sudo make unload
    sudo make install
    4) At the end of the process, I did not need to reboot; just

    Code:
    sudo modprobe ath9k
    Now I'm up and running, and my machine is truly mobile - I felt like I was on a cell phone in 1998 before - twisting and turning, hunting around for a seat right next to where I thought the router would be. I would also get bumped off the network when people with certain wireless cards would sit near me. I now have no interference problems, rock-solid stability (for me, at least, YMMV), and full signal strength. I can see "100%" in my signal strength in the network manager for the first time.

    Also, I am not sure if this is relevant for your situation, but I have also installed fewt's excellent eeepc-tray and related scripts. It was formerly available on statux.org, and all my hotkeys work perfectly under Jaunty. I'm not even sure where to get it any more (I believe you can find eeepc-tray on SourceForge now), and it will not install through Synaptic anymore (fewt has taken down the repository). Cycling wireless on/off with Fn+F2 and reconnecting fixes almost all my wireless problems. Again, YMMV, but I'm finally starting to get happier with this machine (now all I need is something to spin down the hard drive - I'm jealous of Windows users' reported 9+ hour battery life...)
    I get 10 hours on my HE with the stock battery so i know it is possible. When you disconnected power I set laptop mode to 5 which should have spun down your hard drive after a period of inactivity.

    I went for over 9 hours watching movies on my HE so it may have been a kernel driver problem for you if you didn't see HDD spin down or long battery life.

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    Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    FungibleName you are a genius I give all credit to you, and the bleeding edge.

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    Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    This worked Great for me! Funny thing is Karmic Koala Worked perfectly out of the box.. it wasn't until I attempted to get smb shares to work that I had problems.

    If the Atheros chipset was off and turned on (FN+F2... or restart, wake up from sleep.. etc.) I could connect to one wireless network. If I disconnected and tried to reconnect it wouldnt work. I would have to cycle wireless on/off. Bleeding Edge Drivers worked a Treat!

    Getting better signal too!

    Thanks!
    phaZed

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    Question Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    Hello. I have an Asus EEE 1008ha netbook. Had Ubuntu Remix 9.10 installed and had wired and wireless working fine. I have upgraded to 10.04 and have lost wireless connections. I can coax wireless to work for one reboot after having used a live USB version of 9.10, but with the next reboot it's gone again. None of the advice given here about older versions of Ubuntu seems to fit. Any suggestions?
    Btw, I posted this thread elsewhere on Ubuntuforums, but I fear that thread might be outdated: it only concerns Jaunty.

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    Re: No wireless on Asus Eee PC 1005 HA

    all wireless works on ubuntu 10.04.

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