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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject: no networks on new laptop[SOLVED] Reply with quote

Hi all,

I've been using Gentoo for more over than 5 years or so and just had to install it a couple of times (for my laptop and for a server) so I'm not so literate about installation tips and tricks.

So the problem is that I got a new laptop (Dell Inspiron 14z) and it sports these network cards (according to lspci):

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07:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (rev c4)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR8162 Fast Ethernet (rev 10)


For the wired connection (Atheros) I saw that I need the alx module but a modprobe alx gives an error. The module is not on the livecd (amd64).

A modprobe iwlwifi does work but there's also something missing as I can not get anything apart from lo on iwconfig output.

Thus, if I'm not mistaken, I really can not install Gentoo on my new laptop, right?

Which options do I have to be able to have network on it? I just tried a Fedora 19 live cd and the wifi worked (did not try the wired connection). If I install Fedora first and then boot the Gentoo livecd, can I use the alx module on Fedora's root partition? Or that will not work?

Thanks in advance and let me know if I should post more details, I will gladly provide them.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just boot Fedora CD and install Gentoo. You may need to create some directories.
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/altinstall.xml#doc_chap3
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might be able to get the iwlwifi to work if you put the firmware for it (available in the sys-kernel/linux-firmware package) on an USB stick and then copy it to /lib/firmware/.

If that doesn't work you might be able to compile the alx module and put it in the right folder in /lib/modules/, but maybe there is firmware needed for that too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tips Jaglover and TomWij. Will try them and report back!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got it working!

I copied the iwlwifi-2030-6.ucode from https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git/tree/ on /lib/firmware and after restarting iwlwifi it was already working :)

Now on SSD partitions and how to not break UEFI :)
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