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Attansic atl1e Eee PC 901/1000 LAN Driver Compile and Install


Asus eee pc 901The old 701-900 EeePC used the Atheros WiFi driver, and now the newrest EeePC 901/1000 uses the RaLink WiFi. Took me a minute to figure out they changed it. Here is the output from my lspci:

01:00.0 Network controller: RaLink Unknown device 0781
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Attansic Technology Corp. Unknown device 1026 (rev b0)

First, to install the the Asus Eee PC’s LAN driver for the 901 and 1000 you need build dependencies. This means installing the kernel headers and development packages. As well as gcc so that you can compile on your fresh OS install. A couple examples…

In Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) unrar

In Fedora:
su -c 'yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc

If you have no access to the internet, these can usually be installed during OS install or after by browsing your Linux OS DVD and searching for them and manually installing the kernel source:
rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.25-14.fc9.src.rpm

Lots of files require configuration prior to installation of subsequent files. This took some time, but most of the time was because the packages were bad downloads and I had to keep downloading them form different sources till they all worked. The folder contains the default kernel headers requires, and basically its an all in 1 package with everything you’ll need.

Now download the driver source direct from ASUS.

Extract, and cd to the directory. Then cd to the src directory. Compile:
sudo KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make
sudo KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make install

After compilation and installation:
sudo insmod /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/kernel/drivers/net/atl1e/atl1e.ko

Then run:
sudo depmod
so modprobe knows the driver exists. If for some reason the driver doesn’t load automatically you can manually add it to /etc/modules.

Cheers!

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5 Responses to “Attansic atl1e Eee PC 901/1000 LAN Driver Compile and Install”

  1. sergei says:

    Very much many thanks

  2. Uros S. says:

    How to use apt-get to install ethernet drivers if the computer is not connected to the Internet? Wtf.

  3. Nina says:

    Everything goes fine until I run sudo KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make install :

    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.24-21-eeepc/build SUBDIRS=/home/nina/Apps/eeeApp/drivrutiner/LinuxDrivers/L1e_Lan modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.24-21-eeepc’
    Building modules, stage 2.
    MODPOST 1 modules
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.24-21-eeepc’
    make: *** No rule to make target `../atl1e.7′, needed by `atl1e.7.gz’. Stop.

    seams to be an error in the Makefile. Does anyone have any idea how to solve it?

  4. eli says:

    Please help me to set up my wireless network. I download Azurewave Wireless Lan Driver and Wireless Lan Driver from ASUS Eee PC 901 site and installed on my Eee PC 901, but not working. The icon is not coming up to the quick launch box. Everything seems to working normal except this wireless.
    Thank’s.

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