Debian Squeeze on Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo A1650G Wireless switch problem

Mariasdorf, 27.11.2011, Gregor Horvath

The standard kernel in Debian Squeeze

$uname -r

does not handle the wireless on/off switch of this laptop. Although according to the BIOS setting wireless should be switched on at startup, it is not. So wireless does not work out of the box. There is a kernel module "acerhk" which adds this special keys for this laptop. To install it:

$ m-a auto-install acerhk

The option autowlan for this module must be set to 1. To do this create a file /etc/modprobe.d/acerhk.conf with the contents:

$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/acerhk.conf
# wireless switch
options acerhk autowlan=1


$ modprobe acerhk

the wireless should be switchable. To make this automatically loaded at boot time add the line

acerhk autowlan=1

to /etc/modules

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