Acer TimelineX 3820T
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Posted on 2010-09-02

Wired network card

There exists a rather easy fix for getting the wired ethernet card to work. Download the drivers from atheros homepage (the makers of the ethernet chipset), the drivers can be found here (dead link), search for the file AR81Family-Linux-v1.0.1.9.tar.gz.

  1. Extract the file, you probably want to this in a new empty directory as the archive otherwise will clutter the current directory with a buch of files.

     tar -zxvf AR81Family-Linux-v1.0.1.9.tar.gz

    and read the readme :)

  2. Untar/unzip archive:

     tar zxf arl1e-x.x.x.x.tar.gz
  3. Change to the driver src directory:

     cd arl1e-x.x.x.x/src/
  4. Compile the driver module:

     make install

    The binary will be installed as:


The install locations listed above are the default locations. They might not be correct for certain Linux distributions. For more information, see the ldistrib.txt file included in the driver tar.

To use the module execute:

sudo insmod /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e.ko

And that should be all.

Note: This must be done every time the kernel is recompiled