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Acer AspireONE D255 Wireless Network and Kubuntu

One of the things I really love about the Ubuntu community is how helpful it is.  By following these easy directions,  I was able to get the wired network up and running on my netbook.  Yes, that’s right.  I have a situation where the wireless works and the wired doesn’t!  Even stranger, the fix is in an wireless network adapter package!

Because I’ve been burned by stale links, I’m going to repeat some information here.

Netbook:  Acer AspireONE D255

Wireless (lspci):
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8152 v1.1 Fast Ethernet (rev c1)
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 1000 Series

The steps:

  1. Go here (http://linuxwireless.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6) and download “compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2”
  2. Run the following commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential
cd ~/Desktop
tar -xjvf compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2
cd compat-wireless*
scripts/driver-select atl1c
sudo make install

At this point a reboot should load the network driver.  For me, the “sudo make install” took a very long time.  Well, 10 minutes.  But it felt like an eternity.

If a reboot doesn’t load the module, try “modprobe atl1c” (that’s ay-tee-el-one-cee).

And that was it.  Lovely!  Again, I can’t promote the friendliness and helpfulness of the Ubuntu community enough.  They have been great.

Update 2011-03-30: I had to repeat these steps after upgrading to kernel 2.6.32-28 or -29.  But it worked.

Acer Aspire One AOD250 Wired Network Fix

As an amendment to this post, I did find one technical issue.  Amusingly wireless networking worked immediately, but wired did not.  It is almost always the other way around for me.  However, there is a really great amount of documentation that exists for this:  http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1206649.  I am going to repeat the pertinent parts here:

tar -xvzf AR81Family-linux-v1.0.0.10.tar.gz
cd src
sudo make install
sudo modprobe atl1e

I received an error from the tar command, but I kept going and that worked exactly perfectly for me.  In fact, my wired network registered as connected immediately after running the last command.

Not only did I contribute a bug report, but got the joy of updating the Hardware wiki:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport/Machines/Netbooks#Acer%20Aspire%20One.