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Thread: Atheros AR242x wireless controller and compat-wireless

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    May 2009

    Atheros AR242x wireless controller and compat-wireless

    I've been using a budget-line Compaq laptop which has an AR242x wireless controller from Atheros. It was running out of the box when I first put 8.10 on the system, but future kernel upgrades stopped the drivers from working - so I'd just been booting into an old kernel. After upgrading to 9.04, however, it was working out of the box again - until I rebooted, and presto! the wireless card was no longer detected by the system, even though there was supposedly an active proprietary driver.

    I went to the compat-wireless site, downloaded and made the package, and after typing "make load," it appeared to work. Here's what I got.
    ath5k loaded successfully
    Module bcm43xx not detected -- this is fine
    b43 loaded successfully
    b43legacy loaded successfully
    My networking applet now shows a "wireless networks" tab, but cannot see any networks. Further, I installed the wifi-radar package, to make sure it wasn't somehow a problem with GNOME and not the hardware drivers, and the terminal output says:
    wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning : Device or resource busy
    Does anyone have any idea how I can resolve this issue and get my wireless back up and running? If going back to proprietary drivers will work, I'll do it - but I think that was what was working and stopped for no particular reason.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009

    Re: Atheros AR242x wireless controller and compat-wireless

    iwconfig results:

    lo        no wireless extensions.
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    pan0      no wireless extensions.
    wmaster0  no wireless extensions.
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:""  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              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

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