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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

    I really needed your post - It works soooo fine!!!!!!! =) Thank you very very much


    Quote Originally Posted by Wrathe View Post
    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:

    (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!

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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

    I spent hours trying to figure out my wireless issues using other advice about installing the linux-backports files, and since I had no internet connection whatsoever, this was amazing! It worked perfectly and took only a few minutes, and I am very glad you posted this... I am not exactly a linux nube, but I am used to it working without me having to mod it, so anyway, thanks again so much. Definitely recommend this for EeePc users...

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