View Full Version : [SOLVED] Atheros AR928x & Ubuntu 11.04

August 1st, 2011, 06:21 AM
Before anyone tells me to search, i have spent days on this problem..


So i have a Gateway NV5214u laptop (64bit AMD), and it's got an Atheros AR928x wireless card

Basically this particular wireless card refuses to work for me on ubuntu (It will show available access points but it will never let me connect to them)

I have seen a bunch of tutorials from searching google on how to make it work but they're all non working methods that make absolutely no sense

Also, I have tried ndiswrapper with a Win xp driver, all that happened was my wireless was completely disabled (Ubuntu stopped listing networks)

I even tried some terminal thing that involved a get:// address but it went no where.

Someone please tell me the exact steps on how to get this card working on ubuntu 11.04


EDIT: if needed, ill run the lshw -C network command and post the results

oh yeah and my network is running on 802.11n with WPA2-AES encryption if that matters

August 1st, 2011, 07:20 AM
Hi, please run these commands

sudo lshw -C network


lspci -nn | grep 0280


rfkill list all
and post the outcome here by clicking on new reply and click # and paste the information between the brackets.

Also I believe you need WPA2 without the AES.
Thank you

August 1st, 2011, 10:22 PM
Thanks for the help, here's what the terminal returned:

Also, i the wireless security on my router from WPA2 AES to WPA2 TKIP or AES, and ubuntu still won't connect

sudo lshw -C network:

description: Ethernet interface
product: NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 10
serial: 00:1f:16:b3:74:68
size: 100Mbit/s
capacity: 1Gbit/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=3.116 duplex=full firmware=sb v2.19 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
resources: irq:43 memory:f0300000-f030ffff
description: Wireless interface
product: AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
logical name: wlan0
version: 01
serial: 00:22:5f:d3:43:c4
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=2.6.38-8-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
resources: irq:18 memory:f0400000-f040ffff


Module Size Used by
usbhid 46956 0
hid 91020 1 usbhid
binfmt_misc 17565 1
parport_pc 36959 0
ppdev 17113 0
snd_hda_codec_hdmi 28103 1
snd_hda_codec_conexant 57511 1
arc4 12529 2
snd_hda_intel 33211 2
radeon 982197 3
snd_hda_codec 103804 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_ intel
snd_hwdep 13604 1 snd_hda_codec
ath9k 118238 0
snd_pcm 96625 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
ttm 76664 1 radeon
mac80211 294370 1 ath9k
snd_seq_midi 13324 0
snd_rawmidi 30486 1 snd_seq_midi
drm_kms_helper 42136 1 radeon
snd_seq_midi_event 14899 1 snd_seq_midi
joydev 17606 0
drm 227495 5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
snd_seq 61621 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
ath9k_common 13851 1 ath9k
snd_timer 29602 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
ath9k_hw 323077 2 ath9k,ath9k_common
snd_seq_device 14462 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
uvcvideo 72195 0
i2c_algo_bit 13400 1 radeon
ath 23773 2 ath9k,ath9k_hw
snd 67382 14 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_ intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi, snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
videodev 82052 1 uvcvideo
psmouse 73535 0
soundcore 12680 1 snd
sp5100_tco 13744 0
v4l2_compat_ioctl32 17078 1 videodev
acer_wmi 23771 0
snd_page_alloc 18529 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
lp 17825 0
i2c_piix4 13303 0
cfg80211 178528 3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
serio_raw 13166 0
shpchp 37297 0
k10temp 13119 0
sparse_keymap 13898 1 acer_wmi
parport 46458 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
video 19438 0
tg3 141750 0
ahci 25951 1
libahci 26642 1 ahci

lspci -nn | grep 0280

09:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002a] (rev 01)


lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"Comcast"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=17 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off

rfkill list all:

0: acer-wireless: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
1: acer-threeg: Wireless WAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no
2: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

August 1st, 2011, 11:02 PM
Hi, you need to unplug your wired connection then run this command and see if you can connect, if you can we will need to write a config file to make it permanent.

sudo rmmod -f acer-wmi
Thank you

August 1st, 2011, 11:09 PM
Ran that and rebooted and unfortunately it didnt work. The wireless indicater at the top of the sreen still stays animated and spends a few minutes trying to establish a connection to my wifi.

Please tell me you have more ideas :cool:

August 1st, 2011, 11:16 PM
Hi, disable wireless security for a few minutes and see if you can connect then.
Thank you

August 1st, 2011, 11:22 PM

sudo rmmod -f acer-wmi

Is a temporary command do not reboot after running it. instead
Give us again..

rfkill list all

sudo lshw -C network

Wildmanne is looking for a change.. After the temporary command..

August 1st, 2011, 11:27 PM
Hi, disable wireless security for a few minutes and see if you can connect then.
Thank you

That didnt work, however i switched my network to wireless G and i was able to connect, even with security on. Is there a way to use 802.11n on ubuntu?

August 1st, 2011, 11:29 PM
Hi, with some cards and drivers yes with others no. I will do some research and see if I can find a way.

August 1st, 2011, 11:31 PM
Hi, with some cards and drivers yes with others no. I will do some research and see if I can find a way.

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your help :)

August 2nd, 2011, 12:40 AM
Hi, I found this link that talks about n speed for your card.

Also you may need to update your driver to get n speed,would you please go to the top of the page and mark this thread solved be clicking on thread tools. Thank you so much.