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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    I think I'm just going to wipe out and start fresh again with ubuntu because I think all of the madwifi installations might be causing some of my issues. I'll follow the steps for how to install ndiswrapper from the howto here because i installed madwifi first and that may have been what has messed everything up. I will get back to everyone after I've completed it and if it worked or if I had problems with it. Thanks for all of your hard work.
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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    Quote Originally Posted by epiphonygirl View Post
    I'll follow the steps for how to install ndiswrapper from the howto here
    Do not follow that howto. It explains how to install ndiswrapper from source. If you install ndiswrapper from source, you'll have to reinstall every time you have a kernel update (sometimes as often as once a week).

    Instead, just use this command to install ndiswrapper:
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
    Last edited by dmizer; August 1st, 2008 at 12:41 AM.

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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    Quote Originally Posted by dmizer View Post
    Do not follow that howto. It explains how to install ndiswrapper from source. If you install ndiswrapper from source, you'll have to reinstall every time you have a kernel update (sometimes once a week).

    Instead, just use this command to install ndiswrapper:
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
    now it is supposed to be
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
    because you told me to just use

    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-common
    because you had to update the code that you had sent so I should use the one that goes ...utils-1.9 right?
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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    Quote Originally Posted by epiphonygirl View Post
    now it is supposed to be
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
    because you told me to just use

    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-common
    because you had to update the code that you had sent so I should use the one that goes ...utils-1.9 right?
    No, the first command I gave you in post 14 was the same as I just gave. You need both ndiswrapper-common and ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 in order for ndiswrapper to work.

    In post 18, I was just trying to confirm that ndiswrapper-common was in fact installed. We know that ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 was installed because without it, you would not have been able to load a windows driver with "sudo ndiswrapper -i *.inf". I apologize for not making my intentions clear.
    Last edited by dmizer; August 1st, 2008 at 02:07 AM.

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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    Ok thanks, i was just double checking
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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    I had nothing but no trouble with ndiswrapper and atheros. Here's my take:

    If you've done this already ignore it, but i have atheros working great with madwifi

    download the latest madwifi source
    http://downloads.sourceforge.net/mad...i-0.9.4.tar.gz
    unzip it
    terminal to folder (cd /madwifi_folder for example)
    do the following commands
    Code:
    make
    Code:
    sudo make install
    Code:
    sudo modprobe ath_pci
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/modules
    insert the following two lines
    Code:
    ath_hal
    ath_pci
    save/close this file
    reboot

    works everytime for me and is just as simple as this. Hope it works for you
    edit/ btw, when new linux headers are updated i usually have to return to the folder, do the make, and sudo make install again and that's all, reboot and everything is working again, so hold on to that madwifi folder.
    Last edited by buzzmandt; August 1st, 2008 at 01:42 AM.
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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    Oh yeah, I also found (through looking in windows that Ubuntu misidentified the wirelesscard driver. Its actually AR5211. Just ahhh lol, I'm updating ubuntu now so hopefully I'll be able to try ndiswrapper again soon.
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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    Quote Originally Posted by epiphonygirl View Post
    Oh yeah, I also found (through looking in windows that Ubuntu misidentified the wirelesscard driver. Its actually AR5211. Just ahhh lol, I'm updating ubuntu now so hopefully I'll be able to try ndiswrapper again soon.
    Even if that is the case, you still should have been able to modprobe ndiswrapper, but you couldn't.

    Windows can misidentify cards too, but if it turns out that your card really is an AR5211 instead of an AR242x, then you should file a bug report once this is all said and done.

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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    Ok, I'm back to square one now...my system is up to date and I have tried installing ndiswrapper according to your directions.
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
    However, I don't see ndiswrapper I don't see what I saw before in system>administration> that I used to install windows wireless drivers and I don't know/remember how to make it show up there.
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    Re: Atheros Wireless Woes

    It's okay ... just do it via command line.

    Open a terminal and use the 'cd' command to change into the directory where you've saved your driver files. Then use this command to install the driver:
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i *.inf
    Your inf file may be all caps (INF) or all lowercase (inf), when you type the above command, the case must match the file name.

    Then, type:
    Code:
    ndiswrapper -l
    to see if the driver has loaded correctly.

    Don't forget to blacklist the native drivers.

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