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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.'
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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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 ---
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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.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    Quote Originally Posted by scenered View Post
    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?

    Hi,

    I just installed with 10.04 and I encounter the same problem you have. My system network module is Atheros AR8151 as I checked from Win 7 and ubuntu could not detect it. And I don't have Internet connection when I boot up with Ubuntu. How am I going to update the software/system?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    New Acer Aspire 5820T
    Dual boot Windows 7 and Kubuntu 10.04

    As described above, no ethernet (okay in Win7)
    Downloaded driver file from Acer site.
    Installed build-essentials but not linux headers-generic (note missing hyphen after linux)
    did:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

    the kernel and the generic headers downloaded (kernel matched what I had as reported with uname -a)

    After that the sudo su/make install/modprobe worked after one failed (stalled) restart and and one good restart.

    Thanks for the good information. Has a bug report been filed?

    Conversely, my wifi is working, so that might be the solution for the question of how to get the download for linux.

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    Have the same machine and had the same problem. Solved it by building and installing the driver stated above. Installing build-essential was a bit hairy since there was no connection. I used keryx to download the package to a usb drive in win 7 and then installed it back in Ubuntu.

    Some notes:
    * To install build-essential: Start keryx in ubuntu. Create a new project. Ddecline updating package list from the servers. Then you may have to go Project->Update Status. Then quit and go back to win. There you use keryx to download build-essential to your project, which can then be installed when back in ubuntu by going Project->Install Packages.
    * Don't use keryx to download ubuntu updates (if you can avoid it). Sometimes keryx is messing up the dependencies - ending up not being able to run installations when back in Ubuntu.
    * Once internet connection has been established using the new driver, some proprietary drivers become available. Activating the graphics driver caused the screen to go black after reboot for me, be careful with this one. I had to reinstall Ubuntu all over. (Does anyone know any thread discussing this?)
    * The driver will have to, as stated, be reactivated when some updates are installed. You might have to run:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -r atl1e
    sudo modprobe atl1e
    To first remove and then add the driver again.
    Last edited by worldsayshi; August 25th, 2010 at 09:33 PM.

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    Re: Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working

    Hi, I'm having the same problem with the Atheros AR8151 ethernet not working. My laptop is an Acer Aspire 5745G and I just installed Ubuntu 10.04.

    I've first tried to install the driver but then found out that build-essentials is not installed.

    Since I don't have any internet (wireless isn't working either) I've followed the instructions by worldsayshi and tried to install build-essentials using Keryx but I'm stuck. Ok so I've created a new project in Ubuntu but when I open it in Win7 I can't see build-essentials anywhere. Can anyone give me a helping hand?

    Thanks a lot

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