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    ASUS K53E Wireless Problem

    I just installed Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit version on an ASUS K53. Every thing seems to work fine except for the wireless. I've looked in the forums for a solution and I'm not quite sure what to do. I've gathered the following information:

    John


    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=11.10
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=oneiric
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 11.10"
    Linux Spatha 3.0.0-12-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 7 14:50:42 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0032] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: AzureWave Device [1a3b:1186]
    Kernel driver in use: ath9k
    --
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1083] (rev c0)
    Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:1851]
    Kernel driver in use: atl1c

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 058f:a014 Alcor Micro Corp.

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=0 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementff

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: asus-wlan: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    parport_pc 32114 0
    ppdev 12849 0
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi 31426 1
    bnep 17923 2
    rfcomm 38408 0
    bluetooth 148839 10 bnep,rfcomm
    snd_hda_codec_realtek 254125 1
    binfmt_misc 17292 1
    joydev 17393 0
    asus_nb_wmi 12469 0
    asus_wmi 19333 1 asus_nb_wmi
    sparse_keymap 13658 1 asus_wmi
    uvcvideo 67271 0
    videodev 85626 1 uvcvideo
    snd_hda_intel 24262 2
    snd_hda_codec 91754 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_i ntel
    snd_hwdep 13276 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 80468 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    wmi 18744 1 asus_wmi
    snd_rawmidi 25241 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    arc4 12473 2
    i915 505108 3
    snd_timer 28932 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    ath9k 112711 0
    psmouse 73673 0
    serio_raw 12990 0
    mac80211 272785 1 ath9k
    drm_kms_helper 32889 1 i915
    ath9k_common 13599 1 ath9k
    drm 192226 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    ath9k_hw 293893 2 ath9k,ath9k_common
    ath 19387 2 ath9k,ath9k_hw
    cfg80211 172392 3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
    snd 55902 14 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_i ntel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,s nd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore 12600 1 snd
    snd_page_alloc 14115 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    mei 36466 0
    i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 i915
    video 18908 1 i915
    lp 17455 0
    parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    ahci 21634 3
    libahci 25727 1 ahci
    atl1c 36638 0
    xhci_hcd 72915 0

    jdwbmc@Spatha:/var/lib/NetworkManager$ cat NetworkManager.state

    [main]
    NetworkingEnabled=true
    WirelessEnabled=true
    WWANEnabled=true
    WimaxEnabled=true

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ lspci -nn | grep 0280
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0032] (rev 01)

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    John
    Last edited by jdwbmc; April 10th, 2012 at 04:28 PM. Reason: Spelling

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    ASUS K53E Wireless Problem

    I just installed Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit version on an ASUS K53. Every thing seems to work fine except for the wireless. I've looked in the forums for a solution and I'm not quite sure what to do. I've gathered the following information:

    John


    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=11.10
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=oneiric
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 11.10"
    Linux Spatha 3.0.0-12-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 7 14:50:42 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0032] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: AzureWave Device [1a3b:1186]
    Kernel driver in use: ath9k
    --
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1083] (rev c0)
    Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:1851]
    Kernel driver in use: atl1c

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 058f:a014 Alcor Micro Corp.

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=0 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementff

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: asus-wlan: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    parport_pc 32114 0
    ppdev 12849 0
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi 31426 1
    bnep 17923 2
    rfcomm 38408 0
    bluetooth 148839 10 bnep,rfcomm
    snd_hda_codec_realtek 254125 1
    binfmt_misc 17292 1
    joydev 17393 0
    asus_nb_wmi 12469 0
    asus_wmi 19333 1 asus_nb_wmi
    sparse_keymap 13658 1 asus_wmi
    uvcvideo 67271 0
    videodev 85626 1 uvcvideo
    snd_hda_intel 24262 2
    snd_hda_codec 91754 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_i ntel
    snd_hwdep 13276 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 80468 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    wmi 18744 1 asus_wmi
    snd_rawmidi 25241 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    arc4 12473 2
    i915 505108 3
    snd_timer 28932 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    ath9k 112711 0
    psmouse 73673 0
    serio_raw 12990 0
    mac80211 272785 1 ath9k
    drm_kms_helper 32889 1 i915
    ath9k_common 13599 1 ath9k
    drm 192226 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    ath9k_hw 293893 2 ath9k,ath9k_common
    ath 19387 2 ath9k,ath9k_hw
    cfg80211 172392 3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
    snd 55902 14 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_i ntel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,s nd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore 12600 1 snd
    snd_page_alloc 14115 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    mei 36466 0
    i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 i915
    video 18908 1 i915
    lp 17455 0
    parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    ahci 21634 3
    libahci 25727 1 ahci
    atl1c 36638 0
    xhci_hcd 72915 0

    jdwbmc@Spatha:/var/lib/NetworkManager$ cat NetworkManager.state

    [main]
    NetworkingEnabled=true
    WirelessEnabled=true
    WWANEnabled=true
    WimaxEnabled=true

    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ lspci -nn | grep 0280
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0032] (rev 01)

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    John

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    Re: ASUS K53E Wireless Problem

    Hi,

    your card is "off":
    Code:
    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=0 dBm
    Any button, switch, key or key combination to activate it? Checked the BIOS settings? BIOS reset?

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    Re: ASUS K53E Wireless Problem

    praseodym,

    Thanks for the reply. The only hardware control for turning wifi on and off is the combination of FN-F2 keys. This works under Windows 7, but not Ubuntu. At least under Windows, the default seems to be "ON" and wifi works just fine. It appears that Ubuntu recognizes the card, I'm just not sure what to do to turn it on from a software perspective. I appreciate any insight, I'm rather new to Ubuntu. Thanks.

    John

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    Re: ASUS K53E Wireless Problem

    It appears the wireless network is disabled.


    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ sudo lshw -C network
    [sudo] password for jdwbmc:
    *-network DISABLED
    description: Wireless interface
    product: AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    logical name: wlan0
    version: 01
    serial: 01:08:ca:71:81:10
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=3.0.0-12-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
    resources: irq:17 memory:de800000-de87ffff memory:de880000-de88ffff
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Atheros Communications
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: c0
    serial: c8:60:00:29:be:e4
    capacity: 1Gbit/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion=1.0.1.0-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
    resources: irq:52 memory:dd400000-dd43ffff ioport:a000(size=128)

    There doesn't appear to be an obvious way to turn on the network. In Windows the only way is with the keyboard using Fn-F2 combination. This doesn't work in Ubuntu. There doesn't appear to be a way either when I look at the BIOS. What else can I try? Thanks.

    John

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    Re: ASUS KD53 Wireless Problem

    It appears the wireless network is disabled.


    jdwbmc@Spatha:~$ sudo lshw -C network
    [sudo] password for jdwbmc:
    *-network DISABLED
    description: Wireless interface
    product: AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    logical name: wlan0
    version: 01
    serial: 01:08:ca:71:81:10
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=3.0.0-12-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
    resources: irq:17 memory:de800000-de87ffff memory:de880000-de88ffff
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Atheros Communications
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: c0
    serial: c8:60:00:29:be:e4
    capacity: 1Gbit/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion=1.0.1.0-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
    resources: irq:52 memory:dd400000-dd43ffff ioport:a000(size=12

    There doesn't appear to be an obvious way to turn on the network. In Windows the only way is with the keyboard using Fn-F2 combination. This doesn't work in Ubuntu. There doesn't appear to be a way either when I look at the BIOS. What else can I try? Thanks.

    John

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    Re: ASUS K53E Wireless Problem

    Reset the BIOS to default settings.

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    Re: ASUS K53E Wireless Problem

    On the K53, there is no option to reset the BIOS to the default, however, I've gone through all the settings and it appears that they are all at the default settings. These settings work with Windows 7. The problem still exists under Ubuntu.

    I was wondering if this would be a problem with all versions of Linux. I went and got a DVD with 5 versions of Linux. I tried each with the Live version of the system. There results are as follows:

    Ubuntu 11.10 - wireless does not work
    Debian 6.0.1 - wireless does not work
    Linux Mint 12 - wireless does not work
    Fedora 16 - wireless works!
    openSUSE 12.1 - wireless works!

    It appears that the Debian line of Linux has this problem while others do not. What is the Debian line doing that is so different that my wireless does not work?

    John
    Last edited by jdwbmc; April 15th, 2012 at 05:36 AM.

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    Re: ASUS KD53 Wireless Problem

    I was wondering if this would be a problem with all versions of Linux. I went and got a DVD with 5 versions of Linux. I tried each with the Live version of the system. There results are as follows:

    Ubuntu 11.10 - wireless does not work
    Debian 6.0.1 - wireless does not work
    Linux Mint 12 - wireless does not work
    Fedora 16 - wireless works!
    openSUSE 12.1 - wireless works!

    It appears that the Debian line of Linux has this problem while others do not. What is the Debian line doing that is so different that my wireless does not work?

    John

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    Re: ASUS K53E Wireless Problem

    A brief update. I've tried 3 different things with no success. Since I'm a novice at this I'm not sure these steps are meaningful, but perhaps add more information.

    1)sudo ifup wlan0
    Ignoring unknown interface wlan0=wlan0.

    2) sudo ip link set wlan0 up
    RTNETLINK answers: Cannot assign requested address

    I've also tried editing the /etc/network/interfaces file.
    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet dhcp
    wireless-essid ANY
    wireless-mode managed

    This resulted in the system taking several minutes to boot and finally giving up on configuring the network before finish the start up.

    Any other suggestions?

    John

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