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    Question Atheros ar928x - Was sort of working, now is entirely gone

    Hi everyone,

    I have a Gigabyte Touchnote T1028 tablet netbook. I recently put Ubuntu on it, and I've been having some problems with the networking...

    Initially, the WiFi would not work. It would show the status as "disabled" and manually entering an SSID would not work. So, I searched the forums (obvious) and found this page:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7699456

    I followed these instructions:

    wget http://burnthesorbonne.com/files/com...0080916.tar.gz
    tar -xzvf compat-wireless-ath9k-20080916.tar.gz
    sudo ./compat-wireless-ath9k-20080916.sh

    sudo dpkg --install compat*deb

    Now, unfortunately, the actual interface has disappeared! ifconfig yields no wlan found: just eth0 and loopback. I'm not sure of what to do at this point: I'd really like wireless networking on my computer.

    Can anybody help?

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    Re: Atheros ar928x - Was sort of working, now is entirely gone

    After working with some very intelligent users on IRC, I have the card showing up again in ifconfig. Here are the results of some commands that may be useful:

    Code:
    ~$ lspci -nn
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub [8086:27ac] (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27ae] (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27a6] (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller [8086:27d8] (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:27d0] (rev 02)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:27d2] (rev 02)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 [8086:27d4] (rev 02)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 [8086:27d6] (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:27c8] (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:27c9] (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:27ca] (rev 02)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:27cb] (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:27cc] (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:27b9] (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller [8086:27c4] (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:27da] (rev 02)
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 02)
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002a] (rev 01)
    Code:
    ~$ sudo iwlist scan
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     No scan results
    
    pan0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    Code:
    ~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wmaster0  no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:""  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B   
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    
    pan0      no wireless extensions.
    Code:
    ~$ dmesg | grep -e wlan -e ath
    [   10.652871] device-mapper: multipath: version 1.0.5 loaded
    [   10.652877] device-mapper: multipath round-robin: version 1.0.0 loaded
    [   13.422938] ath9k: 0.1
    [   13.423034] ath9k 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
    [   13.423059] ath9k 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [   13.902622] phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'ath9k_rate_control'
    [   14.108431] Registered led device: ath9k-phy0:radio
    [   14.108495] Registered led device: ath9k-phy0:assoc
    [   14.108548] Registered led device: ath9k-phy0:tx
    [   14.108600] Registered led device: ath9k-phy0:rx
    [   25.188488] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    Code:
    ~$ sudo lshw -C Network
      *-network               
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 02
           serial: 00:24:1d:17:50:a6
           size: 10MB/s
           capacity: 100MB/s
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
           configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half latency=0 link=no module=r8169 multicast=yes port=MII speed=10MB/s
      *-network
           description: Wireless interface
           product: AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
           vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
           logical name: wmaster0
           version: 01
           serial: 00:22:43:6a:fd:6c
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k latency=0 module=ath9k multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Ethernet interface
           physical id: 1
           logical name: pan0
           serial: 62:75:72:8e:05:0a
           capabilities: ethernet physical
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A link=yes multicast=yes
    Code:
    ~$ uname -rm
    2.6.28-14-generic i686
    Any and all help with my issue would be greatly appreciated! I would really like to get this card working so I can use this computer at college!

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    Re: Atheros ar928x - Was sort of working, now is entirely gone

    I'm a bit puzzled because I don't see anything in the output you posted that would indicate a problem. Everything looks like it should be working, but scanning returns no results, which is strange.

    One possible explanation is that the network you want to connect to is in a different mode than your wireless card, or on a channel that it can't see. Do you know what the settings for your wireless network are? You can usually view and change these by logging into your router from a computer that's connected to it (type 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 in a web browser and it should connect you to the router; if you don't know the password, check the outside of the router for the defaults, which are usually something like 'admin' and 'password').

    If you could please check your the settings and let me know, that would be helpful. The mode will be either 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n or a combination of these. The channel should be a number between 1 and 13 inclusive.

    Also, can you normally see many networks (like your neighbors') from the place where you're scanning, or just one?

    Another thing to check is that the wireless card is turned on. On many laptops you can turn the wireless card off to save power either with a physical switch on the outside of the computer, or a hotkey like function+F2. Please make sure the card is not disabled this way. (Usually it would be clear from your 'dmesg' output that this is the problem, but it's worth checking anyway if you haven't already.)

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    Re: Atheros ar928x - Was sort of working, now is entirely gone

    Quote Originally Posted by pytheas22 View Post
    I'm a bit puzzled because I don't see anything in the output you posted that would indicate a problem. Everything looks like it should be working, but scanning returns no results, which is strange.

    One possible explanation is that the network you want to connect to is in a different mode than your wireless card, or on a channel that it can't see. Do you know what the settings for your wireless network are? You can usually view and change these by logging into your router from a computer that's connected to it (type 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 in a web browser and it should connect you to the router; if you don't know the password, check the outside of the router for the defaults, which are usually something like 'admin' and 'password').

    If you could please check your the settings and let me know, that would be helpful. The mode will be either 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n or a combination of these. The channel should be a number between 1 and 13 inclusive.

    Also, can you normally see many networks (like your neighbors') from the place where you're scanning, or just one?

    Another thing to check is that the wireless card is turned on. On many laptops you can turn the wireless card off to save power either with a physical switch on the outside of the computer, or a hotkey like function+F2. Please make sure the card is not disabled this way. (Usually it would be clear from your 'dmesg' output that this is the problem, but it's worth checking anyway if you haven't already.)
    I am pretty frustrated with this card :/. It sucks that it hasn't worked yet. Oh well, I'm going to keep at it!

    Here is the information on my wireless network:

    WPA/WPA2 Personal encryption
    Channel 6 (Automatically selected)
    Broadcasting on 802.11n (802.11b/g compatible)

    From where I am right now, I can only see this access point. I went to another part of the house, where an 802.11g access point is visible. Unfortunately, there is nothing there either.

    I have tried the hardware toggle keyboard combination. It does not appear to do anything, no lights turn on, and the computer still has no scan results.

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    Re: Atheros ar928x - Was sort of working, now is entirely gone

    It sounds like Ubuntu should be able to see your wireless router, since the settings look pretty normal. It might not hurt to try switching to G mode only just to see if N broadcasting is part of the problem (some of the Linux wireless drivers still have flaky support for N mode), but I don't really think it is.

    I did some googling and found this thread, which sounds a lot like your situation (same hardware, same failure to see networks). In post 3 of that page there are instructions for compiling a specific version of the madwifi driver that seemed to work for the poster there. If you could please give that a try, I think it might help.

    The one addition that you'll need to make to those instructions is that, after recompiling the madwifi driver and rebooting, you'll need to run these commands so that the system will use the madwifi driver (whose module is named "ath_pci") rather than the madwifi-ng driver (named "ath9k", which you're currently using):
    Code:
    sudo rmmod ath9k
    sudo rmmod ath_pci
    sudo modprobe ath_pci
    After that, the card should be brought up under ath_pci, so see if you can see networks then.

    If you have any trouble following the instructions on that other page for compiling madwifi, let me know.

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    Re: Atheros ar928x - Was sort of working, now is entirely gone

    Thank you so much for your response!

    I was unable to checkout from svn.madwifi.org, but I followed the instructions and modified my hostfile. Sadly, here is what happened when I then tried to checkout:

    Code:
    $ svn co http://svn.madwifi.org/madwifi/branches/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6
    svn: Server sent unexpected return value (405 Method Not Allowed) in response to PROPFIND request for '/madwifi/branches/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6'
    Do you know of any way to get it to checkout? Perhaps I'm checking out the wrong thing, or it's old?

    Thanks again!

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