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    Atheros wifi issue.

    Hi, I have a Toshiba A215 Satellite laptop with an Atheros wireless networking card with the lspci result of:
    Code:
     Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
    I've tried Madwifi and it worked until an update and then never again after that. Ndiswrapper worked at one time before I had to do a fresh install but I don't remember how I did it. Every thread I've looked through on this subject is outdated and when I try to run the wget commands it's returned 404'd. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    (mad scramble hooking up gear to check, distracted by smoke alarm set off by someone else's cooking)

    I'm wondering if my checking of my gear was a waste of time: I have a Toshiba A100 with an Atheres 2413 adapter, hasn't needed ndiswrapper...
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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    I'm using Ibex and Gutsy nor Hardy picked it up off the bat. I always have to use Madwifi or Ndiswrapper.

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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    MadWifi changed their web address from madwifi.org to madwifi-project.org, so that's why all the old links fail. Here's a run down of how I got mine (same wireless card, different laptop) up and running.

    Yesterday some Ubuntu update outdated my HAL driver and my WLAN was rendered useless as a result. So, I checked some guides and ended up downloading a snapshot from here: http://snapshots.madwifi-project.org...current.tar.gz to '~/MadWifi'. Doesn't really matter where it's put, that just seemed like a nice and easy place, where I'd find it later, if I had some trouble again.

    Unpacked the tarball with
    Code:
    tar -xvf madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-current.tar.gz
    Of course you can navigate to madwifi-project.org and figure out a path for WGet or SVN too, if you want to use them. I just used the simple download, since I had navigated to that site already and it was just one click away.

    Then it was just
    Code:
    cd madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3977-20090408
    Will probably get a big different name for the directory as they built it again today. Next, I figured garbage cleaning wouldn't hurt:
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    make clean
    Then the actual compiling of the data:
    Code:
    make
    And root access was required to install it:
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    sudo make install
    Then added 'ath_pci' to the list of modules automatically loaded at boot with:
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/modules
    After that it was just a reboot ahead (had to boot my system anyway at that point because of some other stuff), but this should get it up and running even without a boot:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe ath_pci

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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    t0mppa, I love you... Because of you I finally got wireless on my Ubuntu box once again.

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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    Hi,

    Got my wireless working too. Thanks. I had to install wicd because it was they only way I could get hidden ssid and WPA working. Now when I rebooted the machine - Voodoo!

    Nothing is there, nothing works...

    lspci:
    0b:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    iwconfig:

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    Before Ath0 was there, I could iwconfig scan and all was working.

    What in the world happened? It's like I never setup anything. I also haven't done any updates, or installed any other programs since.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    I also played around with my wireless button on the laptop, and that didn't make any difference either.

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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    Here is lshw:

    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: NetXtreme BCM5764M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:08:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 10
    serial: 00:1e:68:fc:ba:0f
    size: 1GB/s
    capacity: 1GB/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.94 duplex=full ip=192.168.11.9 latency=0 link=yes module=tg3 multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1GB/s
    *-network UNCLAIMED
    description: Ethernet controller
    product: AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter
    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix cap_list
    configuration: latency=0
    *-network DISABLED
    description: Ethernet interface
    physical id: 1
    logical name: pan0
    serial: aa:76:79:59:e3:cc
    capabilities: ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A link=yes multicast=yes



    /etc/network/interfaces

    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

    Sorry to post all the info, but I hope it makes it easier for someone to help.

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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    Works out the box on Jaunty

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    Re: Atheros wifi issue.

    There's a simpler way: http://www.prash-babu.com/2008/12/ho...5007eg-or.html
    Thanks to superprash2003 for pointing it out to me in another thread.

    The howto is for intrepid but it worked fine for me by changing linux-backports-modules-intrepid to linux-backports-modules-hardy. Of course, you need the Backports repo enabled to get the package.
    Might work with other releases too.
    jdackle ~ Linux Counter user # 274021 ~ Ubuntu Counter User # 17154

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