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    Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    If you have an Atheros AR9285 wireless card on Ubuntu 9.04 and cannot get it working, this is for you.

    Ubuntu did not automatically detect my card (AR9285) and spent many hours trying to figure this out. The purpose of this is to show you how to get your Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter working without those many hours of finding the wrong answers.

    It is very simple.

    Download a stable release (I downloaded compat-wireless-2.6.30.tar.bz2) from the following website to your desktop:
    http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Download/stable/

    Open up Terminal and type:
    cd Desktop
    tar -xf compat-wireless-2.6.30.tar.bz2
    cd compat-wireless-2.6.30
    make
    sudo make install
    sudo make unload
    (It tells you all this on the website that you download it from.)

    Restart.
    Click on the wireless icon in the top right corner of the screen and logon to your wireless network.

    Fin!

    Edit: Apparently the bleeding edge drivers are faster. I have not tested them though.
    Last edited by Wrathe; April 11th, 2010 at 01:54 AM.

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    I guess you missed the part on the page about simply installing the linux-backports-modules-jaunty (replace jaunty with karmic or hardy or whichever version you happen to use) with apt-get or Synaptic, since that's a version of the latest compat-wireless prebuilt by the Ubuntu kernel team.

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    The one that I downloaded was i386 and did not support AMD64.

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    Quote Originally Posted by Wrathe View Post
    The one that I downloaded was i386 and did not support AMD64.
    Sorry, noob here. Worthless as the next. I followed your instructions, Mr. Wrathe, and I guess I must be missing something here. I have an Acer notebook with AMD Athlon 64. Loaded the latest stable release, untar'd it, and followed the sudo commands. A lot of stuff happened on the term window. Yet, when I restarted, I did not see the wireless in the top right corner.

    Could I have really screwed up something this simple? Don't answer that.

    Any suggestions?

    joe

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    Quote Originally Posted by t0mppa View Post
    I guess you missed the part on the page about simply installing the linux-backports-modules-jaunty (replace jaunty with karmic or hardy or whichever version you happen to use) with apt-get or Synaptic, since that's a version of the latest compat-wireless prebuilt by the Ubuntu kernel team.

    I second t0mppa suggestion, it worked for my HP DV2-1130ef with the Atheros card on Jaunty AMD-64bits edition.

    I installed the Jaunty backport module (using an eth0 connection):

    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty

    and restarted the laptop.

    Perfectly working now

    -R
    Palmer

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    I tried that. It says:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package linux-backports-modules-jaunty
    I also downloaded linux-backports-modules-jaunty-generic_2.6.28.11.15_amd64.deb It says:

    Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: linux-backports-modules-2.6.28-11-generic
    (I just tried that since I had to reinstall Ubuntu.)
    The way I did it worked fine for me.

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    WLAN
    run this command and wlan will work
    Code:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty
    A solution posted by User (KoKuToru)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1204735

    It worked for me

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    i registered this account 1 minute ago just to thank you! it worked and ive been trying for ages!

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    [quote=Wrathe;8127935]I tried that. It says:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package linux-backports-modules-jaunty


    That is exactly what it is saying to me too that it couldn't find package linux-backports-modules-jaunty..... I am soooo new to this that I am sure it is something on my end. I just got an Asus EEE PC 1005 with XP, and wanted to try this whole Linux thing out to prove to my nerdy bf that I can at least appear to know what I am doing with computers Anyhow, I downloaded UNR from Wubi-install.org and everything went fine except it does not recognize my wireless connection as it does when i switch back to xp. It took me forever to figure out what in the world a terminal was so i could enter all these codes into it, but I figured it out! But nothing has worked to make it see my wireless card. So can anyone help me out?? I don't know what to do next?? Please dumb down your answers as much as possible, thank you!!!

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    Re: Atheros AR9285 Wireless

    Finally! It works Used the command in the second post here with karmic and it installed fine. after a reboot the wireless was up and running. Thanks a lot
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-karmic

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