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Thread: atheros driver problem :\ MAC address change

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    atheros driver problem :\ MAC address change

    Hi all,

    Pretty noob with ubuntu... really need some assistance.

    Here's the deal. I want to change my MAC address so I can (more) anonymously connect to a wireless network. Unfortunately, I cannot connect to a wifi network after having changed the MAC (I used macchanger (AND manual ether cmd)), after which the MAC is usually automatically reset to default and I can access network again. Now, I have been working on this for a good 20 hrs, reading through fora and trying to get my head around the actual issue.

    This is what I assume is the issue: my atheros wifi adapter has a generic driver (something with ath5k & ath9k), so I should get it to use madwifi drivers instead. I followed this guide in order to do that:


    So I followed the whole guide, which is pretty up-to-date, but alas, to no avail. After a reboot, the adapter did not work at all and I could not even connect with my default MAC anymore. At startup Lubuntu also took a while to start up, and eventually told me that lubuntu would start up without network settings.
    To get back to "status quo" I had to go back into **/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf** and remove the "#block ath5k" , "blacklist ath9k" and "blacklist ath5k" . My card works again, but obviously I still have the same issue. Strongly seems like this is the issue:[][2]. In this thread someone is advocating using "madwifi-hal-" driver, but I have no clue how to do this and not sure if I would be missing anything else to do if I just plainly instally this new driver... Any experience with this?

    Possible malfunctions:
    - The only deviation from the guide was that when I was going to add "ath_pci" in **/etc/modules**, it was already in there!
    - Also, I assume that "#blacklist ath_pci" in **/etc/** should indeed be with the "#" in front when saving and exiting.
    - Should the newly created "options ath_pci autocreate=adhoc" file be saved in a specific folder maybe?
    - In the very last step of the guide, are the parameters maybe off or outdated? ie I just copied and pasted his text in the box into /etc/network/interfaces

    My atheros adapter has following parameters (before using the above mentioned guide):

    168c:002b (rev 01)

    AR9285 wireless network adapter (PCI Express)
    phys id: 0
    logical name wlan0
    driver version=3.2.0-36-generic
    802.11 bgn

    I really hope someone can help me with getting the new driver installed. It is still quite opaque to me but I need a helping hand with this. Anyone?
    Cheers, much appreciated!

    Best Regards,
    N LW
    PS I run Lubuntu thru a wubi install dual boot, Asus EEEPc 2gb ram


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2013

    Re: atheros driver problem :\ MAC address change


    I'm having the same issue. Please help!
    It works on eth0 tho.

    Network card:
    Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
    Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)
    Last edited by TheOnlyChosenOne; August 13th, 2013 at 10:11 PM.

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