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    How To Get Your Atheros 802.11n wireless working in 9.1

    I spent days trying to figure out how to get my atheros AR928x 802.11n wireless card to work in Ubuntu. The card worked perfect in Windows 7 but the connection kept dropping in Ubuntu. It would find my router and connect with 60% signal for about 5 seconds, then fall down to about 25% signal and then cut out altogether. After searching for days to find a solution, I finally figured it out and figured Id post it here to let everyone else in the same boat have a working wireless too!

    I found this solution from:

    This solution is for JAUNTY (Ubuntu 9.04), so if you are running Jaunty, you can just follow that post.

    If you are using Karmic (Ubuntu 9.1), you can follow this tutorial I'm posting. It's pretty simple:

    First, make sure you got all your files up to date. Type in a terminal:

    sudo apt-get update

    Let that run, and once its done, type into terminal:

    sudo apt-get upgrade

    Once that finished, restart your computer. Again open up terminal and type:

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

    If you are using Jaunty, instead of karmic type in jaunty, if you use another version of ubuntu, you can find a list of versions and their names here:

    Restart your computer one more time, and you should be good to go!

    This has been tested and confirmed to work on:
    -Ubuntu 9.1(karmic) with an Atheros 928x 802.11n wireless card, using the Ubuntu installed network software, in a Gateway NV53 laptop connected to a belkin 802.11n wireless router.

    -HP base station / 802.11g airport express

    This has been tested and does not work/has issues with:

    -airport extreme

    I hope this works for you too, and if it does, please let me know with your hardware and Ubuntu version so I can post here what other setups have been confirmed to let this work.

    Share and enjoy!

    Last edited by jackthe7th; January 12th, 2010 at 02:36 AM.


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