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How To Get Atheros AR242x To Work on 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

Updates

**02-24-2009** Instructions for fix after update to kernel 2.6.27-11-generic below.  This how to uses compat-wireless-2009-02-24.tar.bz2. It was tested on (K)Ubuntu 8.10 KDE 4.1.2. Kernel version 2.6.27-7-generic & 2.6.27-9-generic

For instructions on getting the AR242x to work on 8.04 click here.

Introduction

You could see this as part 3 in the series: How To Get Atheros AR242x Wireless To Work
It’s with disappointment that I have to report the following:

I started with a fresh install of Kubuntu 8.10, the reason for this is simple I wanted to make sure that nobody could say “you should have done a clean install”. On a clean install out of the box the AR242x doesn’t work.

What I Tried First

So I started to search for solutions. There a several solutions out there here is a quick list:

  • Install linux-backports-modules-intrepid. This works but you would have to reload the driver every time you log on.
  • Blacklist ath_hal and ath_pci. This didn’t work for me. The idea behind this is that the madwifi module will not load and instead ath5k is used.
  • Download and install the new wireless driver which uses the newest version of ath5k.
  • The last option worked the best for me so that is what I’ll go with for this how to. Let me clarify that ath_hal, ath5k and ath9k are all developed by madwifi so props to them for doing such a great job of developing the drivers that make wireless for the AR242x work under Linux.

    How To Get The AR242X To Work

    Okay let’s get to the how to. I found this solution on the Ubuntu forums and credit goes to Malet for provinding the information in the first place.

    Disclaimer:
    The Package we’re about to use is as far as I know in beta. Installing this package might make your installation of Kubuntu(or Ubuntu) unstable. I am not responsible for any problems that arise after installing this package. But do feel free to post a comment for help if something doesn’t work right I will respond back and try to work with you to fix it. I am NOT responsible for damage to hardware as a result of applying anything you find on this website.

    This how to uses Terminal (Konsole) and nano the best small text editor for terminal.

    If you had linux-restricted-modules installed please completely remove these by running the following commands:

    sudo update-rc.d -f linux-restricted-modules-common remove

    Let’s make sure you have the right wireless adapter run this command in Terminal:

    lspci | grep Atheros

    If the result of that command is something like this:

    05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    This solution might also work for your wireless chipset so feel free to try it but no guaranty’s there.

    First Let’s make sure we are on the desktop in Terminal:

    cd ~/Desktop

    Then let’s download the new driver (in Linux mostly called Module):

    If re-running this after the Kernel update to 2.6.27-11-generic then run this line — and skip the next one — otherwise skip this and go to line below.

    wget -c http://undiff.com/wp-content/compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2

    Please bare with me as I now have to manually change the file to the next date every night at 10pm. If you get a 404 then please change the date part in the file below to the next day. Example if it says 2009-01-26 and you get a 404 then change it to 2009-01-27 in the file to be downloaded below.

    I will have to keep doing this until the universal file that I was using before is updating again. Thank for you patience.

    wget -c http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-2009-02-24.tar.bz2

    Now untar:

    tar xvf compat*.tar.bz2

    Go into the directory:

    cd compat*

    Let’s install the new Module:
    First get the build-essential package installed:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential

    Then run the following:

    make
    sudo make install
    sudo make unload
    sudo make load

    The sudo make load command might produce some errors don’t worry about this it loads the ath5k module just fine.

    Now reboot you’re box.
    You should have wireless after rebooting just run:

    iwconfig

    The result could look like this:

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:”linksys”
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 00:16:B6:AA:AF:58
    Bit Rate=24 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality=93/100 Signal level:-43 dBm Noise level=-103 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    If so then you can now configure your wireless settings please don’t forget to post a comment below to tell us it worked.

    If there is no wlan0 and you have to run the make load command every time you boot then this might be because the ath5k module is not loading on boot. In this case run this command:

    echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

    This will add ath5k to the modules to be loaded at boot. Thank you HL for figuring this one out.

    Sudhir had the problem that some of you seem to have as well. The driver didn’t find any networks. Here is his solution:

    Originally Posted By Sudhir Thalore
    But no wireless networks were getting detected by the network manager. After some more googling I disabled Bluetooth using system->administration->services and voila – wireless is now working like a champion.

    If it didn’t work then please post a comment below include the results of the following commands:

    uname -a
    cat /etc/issue
    iwconfig
    iwlist wlan0 scanning

    In Closing

    Please use the pastebin and post the link you get in the comment. I want to keep the comments readable.

    As always if something changes I will update this post. This means if there is a Kernel update and this solution doesn’t work any more then this is the place where you will find how to fix it.

    I can’t stress enough how important your comments are even if the solution works for you. The comments are used by people with similar chipsets on different computers so if it works or not please leave a comment.

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    533 Comments

  • marcos euzebio
    November 8, 2008 - 6:59 pm | Permalink

    It worked for me but it was slow. I then followed the instructions you gave for hardy and it is working fine and fast.

  • November 9, 2008 - 1:56 am | Permalink

    1. The wget needs to be changed, todays file is compat-wireless-2008-11-09.tar.bz2
    It looks like compat-wireless.tar.bz2 is a link to the latest

    2. Doesn’t work. http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/69547/

    I got a new laptop today and I installed Kubuntu Ibex on it. I probably should have just don’t the right thing and put Debian on it but that’s another issue.

    # lspci -nn | grep Atheros
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter [168c:001c] (rev 01)

    I like the site though, thanks for your time in documenting this. :)

  • November 9, 2008 - 2:15 pm | Permalink
  • November 9, 2008 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Droid8622: Thanks changed the URL in the How To.

    [mad]Berry

  • November 9, 2008 - 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Michael Bushey:

    I know compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2 is the latest version but I don’t want to just link to that because I like to test what I link to first.

    Okay do you see any errors at boot what does your dmesg say. From your pastebin I can see you use what I’ve got installed. So the solution is hidden in the dmesg prob. please post the result of:

    dmesg

    [mad]Berry

  • mike g
    November 9, 2008 - 6:55 pm | Permalink

    The instructions worked for my acer 5520-5212 with Ubuntu 8.10. no proble at all.
    Thanks so very much. Now Windows Vista & XP are history.

  • November 9, 2008 - 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Mike G.:

    Your welcome.

    [mad]Berry

  • thdox
    November 10, 2008 - 8:08 am | Permalink

    It did not worked for me : http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/70022/
    Any help is very much appreciated.
    I can provide with further results of command-lines.

  • November 10, 2008 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    thdox:

    The result you get from iwconfig is:

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    This means it worked all you have to do now is associate with your access point. You can do this by using knetwork manager or wpa_supplicant.

    [mad]Berry

  • thdox
    November 10, 2008 - 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for help.
    I went to http://madberry.org/2008/08/wireless-with-wpa_supplicant-easier-then-you-think/
    wpasupplicant was already installed.
    I did ‘wpa_passphrase myrouter thisisalongpassphrasesonobodycanguess’
    I updated ‘/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf’ with the result of previous command.
    I added the following to /etc/network/interfaces (I changed ath0 to wlan0):
    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet dhcp
    wpa-driver madwifi
    wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
    I restarted network with ‘sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart’ and I also rebooted.
    I paste some results http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/70202/
    I do not know what I did wrong

  • November 10, 2008 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    thdox:

    Please run:

    dmesg

    And post the result to the paste bin please.

    [mad]Berry

  • HL
    November 11, 2008 - 6:10 am | Permalink

    I’m a newbie to linux and just wanted to ty, worked for me but i have to unload and load every time i enter to ubuntu, is there a way to avoid that

  • November 11, 2008 - 10:38 am | Permalink

    HL:

    What Version of Ubuntu are you using?
    Run:

    cat /etc/lsb-release | grep DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION

    [mad]Berry

  • Smerdov
    November 11, 2008 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Hi!
    Im have problems with ath5k

  • HL
    November 11, 2008 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    intrepid 8.10

  • livewyer
    November 11, 2008 - 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t work for me. Upgraded from 8.04-64bit to 8.10-64bit. Using a Lenovo R400, Core 2 Duo. Was using the madwifi driver instead of the proprietary, and that worked fine on 8.04. Not so in 8.10 and so found this possibility. Ubuntu says it has a driver, tested by the Ubuntu team, for my Atheros card (AR242x 802.11abg). I tried that and it claims it connects to the network and shows good strength, but I cannot get out. I’ve disabled Firestarter and still can’t get out. Can’t connect to the router setup either.

    My pastebin is: http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/70664/

    Thanks so much!

  • thdox
    November 11, 2008 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Here is the output of dmesg : http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/70708/
    I tried to sort out the output, and the only line related to wlan0 is

    [ 1131.227707] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready

    I googled that, but I am unable to sort out any help
    I add that an other PC, with Windows XP has no problem to connect to my wifi.

  • MacUser
    November 11, 2008 - 5:44 pm | Permalink

    YeeeHaaaw! I got my teenaged son’s laptop wireless working with the above instructions!!!!!

    I have virtual no Linux experience. Yesterday, I loaded Ubuntu 8.10 on his Windows XP desktop after it had become terribly virus-laden. It’ll teach him some new and useful. Today, I went to Best Buy and bought a cheapa$$ ($299) emachines laptop (D620) that will become his Christmas present. I installed Ubuntu 8.10 on it, but couldn’t get wireless working on it until I added a Hawking USB wireless adapter. I was discouraged and ready to return the laptop and pay the $45 (15%) restocking fee. With your tutorial, I got the internal wireless card working!

    Your instructions were superb. Even a novice with less than two hours Linux experience got it working! If only his WoW installation went this smoothly. There’s like 25 steps to the process and we’re hung at about #24.

    Thanks for making my ibex intrepid!

  • Bang
    November 12, 2008 - 12:14 am | Permalink
  • ath0
    November 12, 2008 - 1:20 am | Permalink

    Hi! Thanks for the how-to’s. Bumped into some problems though.

    I am running Ubuntu 8.10 and wpa_supplicant.

    I got an interface named wlan0 after following this howto, so I substituted that with ath0 in wpa_supplicant.conf. Here’s what I get:

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/71021/

    ===========
    This line seems suspicious:
    wpa_supplicant: “madwifi” wpa-driver is unsupported
    wpa_supplicant: using “wext” wpa-driver instead …

    =============================================================

    $ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

  • Cameron
    November 12, 2008 - 1:53 am | Permalink

    Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!
    You are a genius, a scholar, and a gentleman. I tip my top hat to you good sir. :3

  • November 12, 2008 - 11:35 am | Permalink

    I’m a little busy today will read and respond to all the comments tonight.

    [mad]Berry

  • November 12, 2008 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi, thanks man it worked with a Asus Eee PC 900 (swedish version). I started with other page that used the madwifi drivers, however I had an error on the make.

    Here is the first page I used
    http://www.tommcfarlin.com/2008/07/11/ubuntu-on-the-eee-pc-900/
    Thought it will be useful because it has other fixes for ubuntu on asus eee.

    • November 13, 2008 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Geries Handal
      Hi, thanks man it worked with a Asus Eee PC 900 (swedish version). I started with other page that used the madwifi drivers, however I had an error on the make.

      Thanks again for the Ping Back Geries.

      [mad]Berry

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  • Mike
    November 12, 2008 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

    This is so awsome! Nothing else worked for my Toshiba P205 Atheros AR5007ES. Very good job!!

  • arqueware
    November 12, 2008 - 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Standard instructions did NOT work.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/71136/

  • arqueware
    November 12, 2008 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    CORRECTION: Instructions WORKED AFTER REBOOT, just as recommended :)

  • HL
    November 12, 2008 - 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Solved the problem,—-gksudo gedit /etc/modules —— and placed ath5k to load the module at start up
    i’m a newbie to linux will this give me any problems in the future? the change in modules?

    Thank you

    • November 13, 2008 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By HL
      Solved the problem,—-gksudo gedit /etc/modules —— and placed ath5k to load the module at start up
      i’m a newbie to linux will this give me any problems in the future? the change in modules?

      Please post the full line you placed in there so others can use it too.

      Thanks,
      [mad]Berry

  • myself
    November 13, 2008 - 1:20 am | Permalink

    noemi@noemi:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-11-13$ make
    ./scripts/gen-compat-autoconf.sh config.mk > include/linux/compat_autoconf.h
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.27-7-server/build M=/home/noemi/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-11-13 modules
    make: *** /lib/modules/2.6.27-7-server/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
    make: *** [modules] Error 2
    noemi@noemi:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-11-13$

    I did exacly how you did, but I fet this error, any helnoemi@noemi:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-11-13$ make
    ./scripts/gen-compat-autoconf.sh config.mk > include/linux/compat_autoconf.h
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.27-7-server/build M=/home/noemi/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-11-13 modules
    make: *** /lib/modules/2.6.27-7-server/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
    make: *** [modules] Error 2
    noemi@noemi:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-11-13$
    p?

    • November 13, 2008 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By myself
      noemi@noemi:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-11-13$ make
      [–snip–]

      Please install:

      sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential

      Then retry the How To,

      Thanks,
      [mad]Berry

  • Isl
    November 13, 2008 - 5:48 am | Permalink

    Not working, The Wireless led On now!

    Linux islam 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Tue Nov 4 19:33:20 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l
    ~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    ~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    $ lspci|grep Atheros
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

  • Greg
    November 13, 2008 - 7:00 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much , works with Toshiba satellite L300 perfectly.

  • Graham
    November 13, 2008 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I have been suffering with the wifi card not working after resume from suspend or hibernate on my Samsung R20. This howto fixed the problem and now I can finally get rid of the windows partition and use Virtualbox for any remaining Windows stuff. Thank you!

  • Islam Alshaikh
    November 13, 2008 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Asus F5RL 8.10
    oh Yes, After this :

    sudo update-rc.d -f linux-restricted-modules-common remove
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install build-essential
    cd [pathTo]compat-wireless-2008-11-13/
    sudo make unload
    sudo make load

    From http://www.tommcfarlin.com/2008/07/11/ubuntu-on-the-eee-pc-900/
    By Geries Handal November 12th, 2008 2:31 pm

    The problem is the conflict with other drivers , so remove others & reload this driver

    Thank you All

  • thdox
    November 13, 2008 - 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I tried the load of ath5k in /etc/modules, rebooted, still without success.
    Any help much appreciated

  • anonymous
    November 13, 2008 - 3:01 pm | Permalink

    The ath5k from the compat package is, supposedly, the one on the linux-backports-modules-intrepid package, that is installed and updated automatically.

    If you install the package it should be listed on System/Administration/Hardware Drivers.

    • November 13, 2008 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By anonymous
      The ath5k from the compat package is, supposedly, the one on the linux-backports-modules-intrepid package, that is installed and updated automatically.

      Yes but that package doesn’t work for most that is why we have this workaround.

      Thanks,
      [mad]Berry

  • Islam Alshaikh
    November 13, 2008 - 3:43 pm | Permalink

    One problem after each restart you need to reload drivers by:

    cd [pathTo]compat-wireless-2008-11-13/
    sudo make unload
    sudo make load

  • bae984
    November 13, 2008 - 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I tried your tutorial and tried blacklisting ath_hal and ath_pci, but still no luck. I had tried ndisgtk and ndiswrapper, but they didn’t work, either, so I removed the packages. Pastebin:

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/71549/

    Please help. I’m really interested in learning Linux, but gotta have wireless. ; )

    Thanks,
    BAE

    • November 13, 2008 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By bae984
      I tried your tutorial and tried blacklisting ath_hal and ath_pci, but still no luck. I had tried ndisgtk and ndiswrapper, but they didn’t work, either, so I removed the packages. Pastebin:

      Please try this:

      sudo update-rc.d -f linux-restricted-modules-common remove
      cd ~/Desktop/compat-wireless*
      sudo make unload
      sudo make load

      Please report back if this solution worked use the new Reply or Quote links in this comment to respond. Thanks,
      [mad]Berry

  • bae984
    November 13, 2008 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry

    Ran your commands and still no luck after a reboot.

    In ‘Administration->Hardware Drivers’ support for Atheros 5xxx series drivers is activated but ‘not currently in use’. Does that help any?

    Thanks for the quick response,
    BAE

  • November 13, 2008 - 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to say THANKS!!! It works great with my Toshiba satellite a200-1m4

  • ath0
    November 14, 2008 - 3:57 am | Permalink

    I managed to get rid of the error, but it still won’t connect to any ap.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/71780/

    also:

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/71781/

    Any ideas? I have tried almost every AR242x how-to out there, ath5k, ndiswrapper, madwifi-patches, different distro(debian) nothing works(except windows..).

    • November 14, 2008 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By ath0
      I managed to get rid of the error, but it still won’t connect to any ap.

      Anything in:

      dmesg

      That could help us please rerun and paste to the paste bin post the entire result so I can see if I can find anything strange. The driver stuff “not madwifi but wext” is normal that happens on my box as well you can change the driver to wext in /etc/network/interfaces. This occurs because of the fact that we now use the compat driver.

      [mad]Berry

  • bae984
    November 14, 2008 - 2:01 pm | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry

    dmesg results:

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/72050/

    Thanks,
    BAE

  • November 15, 2008 - 4:59 am | Permalink

    hi, i have a little problem :]

    trau@trau-laptop:~/Asztal/compat-wireless-2008-11-15$ uname -a
    Linux trau-laptop 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Tue Nov 4 19:33:20 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
    trau@trau-laptop:~/Asztal/compat-wireless-2008-11-15$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    trau@trau-laptop:~/Asztal/compat-wireless-2008-11-15$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

  • November 15, 2008 - 5:21 am | Permalink

    oh, sorry, i wasnt reboot my laptop, so, the wifi is working, but not connecting any network :/ .. i click my ssid, and nothing. [so, i speak english a little, sorry :/]

    • November 15, 2008 - 2:32 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By trau
      oh, sorry, i wasnt reboot my laptop, so, the wifi is working, but not connecting any network :/ .. i click my ssid, and nothing. [so, i speak english a little, sorry :/]

      What are you trying to connect to your network with? KnetworkManager?

      [mad]Berry

  • HL
    November 15, 2008 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – At the console—$ gksudo gedit /etc/modules —-it opens the file modules and at the end of the file i’ve putted ath5k, and saved it and works no problems so far.

    • November 15, 2008 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By HL
      @[mad]Berry – At the console—$ gksudo gedit /etc/modules —-it opens the file modules and at the end of the file i’ve putted ath5k, and saved it and works no problems so far.

      Okay cool I’ll add this to the How To for other people having the same problem.

      [mad]Berry

  • bae984
    November 15, 2008 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry

    Toshiba Satellite L305D

  • João Manoel
    November 15, 2008 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I try with this one:

    08:04.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR2413 802.11bg NIC (rev 01)

    and,,, it’s works!

    My Acer Notebook have the ubuntu (gnome) intrepid, kernel 2.6.27-8 installed

    Thx a lot for your instructions! But i already have a doubt: Every kernel update, i’ll do this again?

  • CG
    November 16, 2008 - 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, madberry. This worked perfectly for me. Although I must say that the previous (8.04) solution worked as well, but I had to re-load it every boot. For this one I have not had to. Thanks again…

  • livewyer
    November 16, 2008 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

    [mad]Berry,

    I redid the whole process, and with slightly more luck this time, but still no Internet access. The results of the various inquiries are at http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/73146/. I’m running 64-bit Ubuntu 8.10 on a Lenovo R400. The network manager also sees the wireless network, but says wlan0 is disconnected. I can’t get it to connect, but no error messages are generated either. I tried using both Firefox and Konqueror.

    Thanks,

    Livewyer

    • November 16, 2008 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By livewyer
      I redid the whole process, and with slightly more luck this time, but still no Internet access. The results of the various inquiries are at http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/73146/. I’m running 64-bit Ubuntu 8.10 on a Lenovo R400. The network manager also sees the wireless network, but says wlan0 is disconnected. I can’t get it to connect, but no error messages are generated either. I tried using both Firefox and Konqueror.

      Thanks,

      Livewyer

      Are you using encryption on the network? If so try deleting the profile you created and create a new one.

      [mad]Berry

  • livewyer
    November 16, 2008 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – We’re not using encryption on this network, but I went ahead and deleted all the profiles I had, which included encrypted ones, and I still can’t browse over wireless.

    Thanks,

    Livewyer

  • Roger Louis Gundberg
    November 17, 2008 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

    It worked on my new e-machine. And I’m not kidding you It was asking me for my password before I rebooted.So…how does it feel to be a genius! Much love,much money, and much happiness,and God bless!
    PS Could you loose the black background? It’s a drag to read THX

  • November 17, 2008 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Worked! :)

  • Colin
    November 18, 2008 - 12:05 am | Permalink

    This worked like a dream on my new Sony VAIO VGN-NR38E running Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex.
    Many thanks indeed – this has saved me many hours.

  • bulan
    November 18, 2008 - 7:00 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your help! I had a HARD time trying to get this to work until I came across this site.

  • mrhanz
    November 18, 2008 - 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this:
    I spent the past hour trying to figure out why these instructions didn’t work on my Acer Aspire 5315. Turns out I had to hit the wireless on/off button on the laptop (which doesn’t illuminate either way.) So lol @ m3…

    • November 19, 2008 - 12:04 am | Permalink

      Originally Posted By mrhanz
      Thanks for this:
      I spent the past hour trying to figure out why these instructions didn’t work on my Acer Aspire 5315. Turns out I had to hit the wireless on/off button on the laptop (which doesn’t illuminate either way.) So lol @ m3…

      I’ve had that problem too lol

      [mad]Berry

  • edserman
    November 19, 2008 - 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Great work, this works perfectly on my Dell Vostro, with that chipset.
    0c:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    Thanks!

  • Jeff
    November 19, 2008 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

    It did not get my internal atheros wireless card to work, BUT. just out of curiosity i plugged in my old Nintendo Wifi connector usb thing. It immediately recognized it and connected over the usb wifi. so i am happy now. mabey one day the internal will work…

    • November 19, 2008 - 8:40 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Jeff
      It did not get my internal atheros wireless card to work, BUT. just out of curiosity i plugged in my old Nintendo Wifi connector usb thing. It immediately recognized it and connected over the usb wifi. so i am happy now. mabey one day the internal will work…

      Hey Jeff,

      Please run the above mentions comments and use the paste bin to paste the results to so we can see what might be up or not with your wireless card.

      [mad]Berry

  • off4vra
    November 20, 2008 - 2:08 am | Permalink

    Hi! I have Asus F5RL. I have wi-fi, but it doesn’t see any network.
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/74681/

  • off4vra
    November 20, 2008 - 3:30 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – My router isn’t set to hide ssid. Network manager doesn’t see my router (in 8.04 it worked). My wife’s laptop with Vista see it.
    Also, when Ubuntu loading, the Led of wi-fi on laptop turns Off and I can’t turn it On (in 8.04 the Led was On, and in Mandriva 2009).

    • November 20, 2008 - 9:52 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By off4vra
      @[mad]Berry – My router isn’t set to hide ssid. Network manager doesn’t see my router (in 8.04 it worked). My wife’s laptop with Vista see it.
      Also, when Ubuntu loading, the Led of wi-fi on laptop turns Off and I can’t turn it On (in 8.04 the Led was On, and in Mandriva 2009).

      Does it have a switch on the laptop to switch it back on? Or is this switched by software?

      In that case you might want to search for a similar bug. If there isn’t a similar bug then you might want to start a bug report on launchpad.net. Also start a bug report on madwifi-project.org and tell them what version you are using of the driver. This sounds like a problem that has to be addressed on a driver level madwifi will be able to do that.

      Could you also post the result of:

      dmesg

      to the paste bin.

      [mad]Berry

  • off4vra
    November 21, 2008 - 3:13 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – Yes. It has a swith on the laptop. When I switch it back, the Led turns on for a second and then turns off.
    dmesg http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/75154/

  • rdgoetz
    November 22, 2008 - 4:32 am | Permalink

    I’ve scoured the net, and this seems to be the most common solution. Hasn’t worked for me yet. I have a toshiba 305d-8828s, and recently updated my bios, though I doubt that is the problem. I lost wireless in vista, too.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/75582/

    dmesg:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/75583/

    • November 22, 2008 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By rdgoetz
      I’ve scoured the net, and this seems to be the most common solution. Hasn’t worked for me yet. I have a toshiba 305d-8828s, and recently updated my bios, though I doubt that is the problem. I lost wireless in vista, too.

      Did you switch on the wireless switch on the front of the laptop? Is the wireless light on?

      I’ll take a more in depth look at your dmesg output when I get back later today….

      [mad]Berry

  • brown456
    November 22, 2008 - 5:49 am | Permalink

    thank you so much, have tried to get this working for so long…
    Works perfectly

  • November 22, 2008 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t get WEP to work but WPA was working great.

    I do need to access WEP protected networks though, any thoughts?

  • November 22, 2008 - 11:49 pm | Permalink

    worked great on an acer 5715z (it’s the might work case after running lspci). the last of the many tutorials i tried had the wireless going, but could not connect if the router used wpa/aes encryption. it only worked with no ecryption.

    thanks

  • eli
    November 23, 2008 - 1:37 am | Permalink

    did not work for me.

    dell inspiron 1720

    uname -a
    Linux rob-laptop 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Tue Nov 4 19:33:20 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

    cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    followed everything to the letter then rebooted. then i romoved and tried once more.

    please any help

    • November 23, 2008 - 7:17 am | Permalink

      Originally Posted By eli
      did not work for me.

      Eli did you try any other solutions that can be found on the net?
      If so please remove everything, and then try this solution again.

      [mad]Berry

  • off4vra
    November 23, 2008 - 2:03 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – There are two drivers in “System->Hardware Drivers” – Atheros and ATI. And they are enabled.

    • November 23, 2008 - 7:16 am | Permalink

      Originally Posted By off4vra
      @[mad]Berry – There are two drivers in “System->Hardware Drivers” – Atheros and ATI. And they are enabled.

      That looks like what I have then. There might be something left behind from previous attempts to get this to work. You might want to try a clean install. I know this is a drag but it could fix your problem.

      [mad]Berry

  • tacita
    November 23, 2008 - 5:18 am | Permalink

    I followed all the steps, included adding ath5k to the modules list, and it worked perfectly.
    I have an Averatec 2575 and my lspci reads out exactly like yours. Now I have everything working.
    Thank you very much for putting up this little tutorial and to all the people that contributed.

  • Robbie B
    November 23, 2008 - 5:36 am | Permalink

    I had the wlan0 missing problem like some of the above at first but found this was caused by some of my earlier attempts with the other madwifi releases (before I found this post). I had to remove an NDIS wrapped driver that I had tried then re-enable the driver through System/Admin/Hardware drivers.

    HTH

    Rob

  • off4vra
    November 23, 2008 - 5:38 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – I think the problem is in kernel! All problems of wi-fi begins after the last update of the kernel (that was in 8.04). So, I think, something wrong with the kernel of (K)Ubuntu…

    • November 23, 2008 - 7:14 am | Permalink

      Originally Posted By off4vra
      @[mad]Berry – I think the problem is in kernel! All problems of wi-fi begins after the last update of the kernel (that was in 8.04). So, I think, something wrong with the kernel of (K)Ubuntu…

      Maybe a clean install would do the trick?

      [mad]Berry

  • off4vra
    November 23, 2008 - 7:50 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – Today I have tried the clean install (Ununtu and Kubuntu). The same…

  • November 23, 2008 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    It worked perfectly well! (2.6.27-8-generic, 64bit machine)
    Thank you so much!

  • rdgoetz
    November 23, 2008 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Did you switch on the wireless switch on the front of the laptop? Is the wireless light on?

    I’ll take a more in depth look at your dmesg output when I get back later today….

    [mad]Berry

    yeah, that was the first thing I tried. I’m not sure if it’s necessaryly linux drivers, as I don’t have wireless in Vista either. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried this either. How do I see what drivers I’m currently using? I probably have a couple of conflicts.

  • rdgoetz
    November 23, 2008 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Update: I did a clean install and tried again. It worked, but I seem to be having other problems now. Oh well…

  • kevin
    November 24, 2008 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    worked like a charm for me! thanks! i got hung at the untar at first because i didnt realize it was antihotlinked – i finally realized that i had only downloaded the html link which i needed to download the tar file from that site. (im totally a noob at this). once i got past that, it worked great.

  • bigpappa
    November 25, 2008 - 7:11 am | Permalink

    Worked for me thanks a million mon

  • Semi_Pro
    November 26, 2008 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot!, was using ath_pci before but that has connectivity issues with the current ibex kernel.

  • Sean
    November 26, 2008 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I AM SO MAD!!! I’ve been running Ubuntu on an external hard drive, using my wife’s computer because I could get the atheros card working with it on mine. After following your directions (which did not work at ALL), now Ubuntu won’t run ANY wireless card! Not even ones that it’s used before! I have tried reversing everything and it simply won’t work! Now I have to back up my files and completely reinstall Ubuntu.

    • November 26, 2008 - 11:40 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Sean
      I AM SO MAD!!! I’ve been running Ubuntu on an external hard drive, using my wife’s computer because I could get the atheros card working with it on mine. After following your directions (which did not work at ALL), now Ubuntu won’t run ANY wireless card! Not even ones that it’s used before! I have tried reversing everything and it simply won’t work! Now I have to back up my files and completely reinstall Ubuntu.

      Did you blacklist anything? If so remove from blacklist. Are you sure you followed my instructions to the tee. Did you try any other how to’s and did you remove those completely before trying this? After the clean install run my instructions again. I think you will find to have more success.

      People please keep in mind 89% of people with problems tried other how to’s before getting here. Remove old attempts first before you try my solution. Failure because of previous attempts is not my fault.

      Sean: Note the disclaimer in this how to. It tells you that this method can potentially make your system unstable.

      I am sure from what you expressed in this comment that you upgraded instead of doing a clean install. A clean install is always better then running the upgrade I can’t anticipate what is still lingering on your system form the upgrade you did.

      As for backing-up try Remastersys it’s great.

      Never the less thanks for your comment,
      [mad]Berry

  • Sean
    November 26, 2008 - 6:25 pm | Permalink

    @Sean – sorry, on that first line, I meant “could NOT get the atheros card working.

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  • FXF
    November 27, 2008 - 5:08 am | Permalink

    Excellent guide. solved my problem, well, almost.

    I have an Asus F5RL, and upgrading to Kubuntu 8.10 had broken my wifi. Souldn’t have, since it had been working fine ever since I had installed Ubuntu on it.

    Like other posters, I tried everything, blacklisting ath_pci, then installing madfifi, then compiling the ath5x module, without any result. Even ndiswrapper I could not get to work.
    I followed your procedure systematically, and bingo, I had ath0 and Wlan0 when I did ifconfig.

    But I still could not connect to the internet (no active networks showed up) and the laptops led would not light up.

    I tried unloading the led-class module, but it complained that it was being used by the asus-laptop module.

    I unloaded asus-laptop, and guess what? The led lit up, and I could connect to the Internet!!!

    I still don’t understand what was goind on. I should also mention that in my various failed attempts to get wifi working I had installed and uninstalled both wifi-radar and wicd. But they left plenty of traces in /etc/rc*.d, that I systematically removed (your guide suggested doing some cleanup to at the beginning).

    Anyway, thanks a lot for your clear instructions, given that a laptop with no wifi is very much like a doorstop.

    fx

  • Em Alm
    November 27, 2008 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    I try a lot of solutions, thanks to you I succed!
    But during my testings, I installed Wicd Manager, and forget to add wireless network to wlan0 in settings, now it work fine!

  • Ridzky
    November 27, 2008 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    Please help, mine does not work at all

    Linux ridzky-laptop 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Tue Nov 4 19:33:20 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    ridzky@ridzky-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 No scan results

    • November 27, 2008 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Ridzky
      Please help, mine does not work at all

      Did you try any other solutions? If so remove them completely.

      Is your wifi LED on?

      please post the result of:

      dmesg

      And paste it to the pastebin and post the link here.

      [mad]Berry

  • bulan880
    November 27, 2008 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Mine stopped working again after i ran the update service in update manager. Any ideas?

    • November 27, 2008 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By bulan880
      Mine stopped working again after i ran the update service in update manager. Any ideas?

      Re-run the the commands to reinstall the module. This happens after a Kernel update.

      [mad]Berry

  • bulan880
    November 27, 2008 - 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Alright, thanks, will do tomorrow. Will this keep happening every time i run the update manager?

    • November 27, 2008 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By bulan880
      Alright, thanks, will do tomorrow. Will this keep happening every time i run the update manager?

      No only when the Kernel gets updated. What we install with this fix is a Module that ties into the Kernel. Every time the Kernel updates the module we put in there has to be put back in.

      [mad]Berry

  • Martin
    November 27, 2008 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Wow!!! Bud you have done a great service here. I have used Fedora, Ubuntu Hardy, PClos2007, Minime, and some other distros and could never get Madwifi to work properly. The atheros developers have done a great job with the release of the ath5k. I have had numerous problems with this particular device (AR2124) but, I am so happy it’s over and I really hope that now this is possible others in my situation can enjoy wifi like I do and others. My computer is a Dell Vostro 1400 souped up for max battery life, low voltage pentuim processor and everything works great with this new realease of Ubuntu intrepid and will vouch that it works perfect especially with this card and the ath5k module. I can now run aircrack-ng while I am connected to the internet using the wlan0 extension. Well I could go on rambling all day about the wonderful usability of Ubuntu and ath5k but, just want to thank you again. Haha haha wow Im so happy this works You don’t understand how long I have been recompiling kernels and removing madwifi-hal anyways.

  • November 28, 2008 - 6:14 pm | Permalink

    helo madberry.
    here is the result of dmesg from my ubuntu.
    The led doesn’t work at all.
    right now the wifi is work, but sometimes 1 have to unload and load the driver.
    please advice. thank’s

    the result : http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/77909/

    • November 29, 2008 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Ridzky
      helo madberry.
      here is the result of dmesg from my ubuntu.
      The led doesn’t work at all.
      right now the wifi is work, but sometimes 1 have to unload and load the driver.
      please advice. thank’s

      I can’t find why your LED would switch off. The unload load problem is the module loading on boot? If not try this:

      echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

      [mad]Berry

  • Felipe
    November 28, 2008 - 11:23 pm | Permalink

    It worked for me. I was searching the web for about 5 hours before I try this.

    Thank you

  • steve
    November 29, 2008 - 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I fucking love you man, worked like a charm

  • Moses Fecher
    November 30, 2008 - 4:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much. It worked like a charm. Hvent had it working since I bought the machin in July. Its an acer Emachine so thank once again.
    Moses

  • Merlin
    November 30, 2008 - 10:38 am | Permalink

    I have tried the compat way and the backports way with fresh install on new emachines laptop, and I can not even get the WiFi light to turn on. Sometimes there is a wlan0:avahi that captures the IP, and with compat there is no access point associated.

    Please help: http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/78349/

    • December 1, 2008 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Merlin
      I have tried the compat way and the backports way with fresh install on new emachines laptop, and I can not even get the WiFi light to turn on. Sometimes there is a wlan0:avahi that captures the IP, and with compat there is no access point associated.

      I’m a little busy today but I will take a look at it for you tonight.

      [mad]Berry

  • Pulsar
    November 30, 2008 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    Amazing, been trying to get wireless working for about 8 hours straight, then found this guide and got it done in 20mins.

    THANKS.

    I’m leaving this comment from my wireless!

    About to try java and skype… :)

  • December 1, 2008 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Well, this worked just fine on my Acer Aspire 5100. Since i’ve installed Ubuntu Intrepid, the driver coming with the installation worked only periodically, and today i couldn’t connect at all – although i don’t know why. Your guide got me back on track – without any flaws. Thanks a lot!!

  • Mal
    December 2, 2008 - 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Hey man, i just wanna say big thanx for the guide here, wifi worked flawlessly on Compaq Presario C738 with atheros AR242 driver, dual booting Vista and Intrepid Ibex. I wanna ask can i delete those driver packages(compat wireless) that we downloaded earlier? And thanks again mate! You saved me from wasting tons and tons of hours! :)

    • December 2, 2008 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Mal
      Hey man, i just wanna say big thanx for the guide here, wifi worked flawlessly on Compaq Presario C738 with atheros AR242 driver, dual booting Vista and Intrepid Ibex. I wanna ask can i delete those driver packages(compat wireless) that we downloaded earlier? And thanks again mate! You saved me from wasting tons and tons of hours! :)

      You can delete them or just move them to your home folder. You will need them again once the Kernel updates.

      [mad]Berry

  • December 2, 2008 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Unbeliavable. After a year of struggling with Atheros Card and different how-to’s, THIS ONE FINALLY WORKED. Many thanks from Ireland.

  • LotR
    December 3, 2008 - 2:34 am | Permalink

    It work’s with kernel 2.6.27-9 and 2.6.27-7! (x86_64 architecture, Acer Aspire 5104).
    Thank you!

  • Antoine Pairet
    December 3, 2008 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi!
    Thanks for the How To. Unfortunately, I’m experiencing problems; they are described here:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/304908

    Any help is appreciated.
    regards,
    Antoine

  • Laird Heal
    December 3, 2008 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Compaq A900. What worked was — to wait overnight. The online guides also all fail to mention the left-click-right-click in “Notification Area 2.24.1” – when the system finally binds the wireless card to a driver, a radio button allows it to be selected.

    Along the way the latest madwifi snapshot got compiled and installed – and scribbled all over the screen. It reminded me of some of my own work, back when I did that stuff. Then I reinstalled Ibex to get rid of control file issues that had the Ethernet connection working with the wireless connection’s name.

    Ath5k has settled into doing its thing – focus on it.

    • December 4, 2008 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Laird Heal
      Compaq A900. What worked was — to wait overnight. The online guides also all fail to mention the left-click-right-click in “Notification Area 2.24.1″ – when the system finally binds the wireless card to a driver, a radio button allows it to be selected.

      focus on it

  • arpho
    December 4, 2008 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    for me It did not worked:http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/80371/

  • Alex
    December 4, 2008 - 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Samsung laptop – worked beautifully, thanks so much for this.

    Cheers

    Alex

  • HARD2K
    December 4, 2008 - 5:24 pm | Permalink

    It didn’t work for me :(

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/80582/

  • Greg
    December 4, 2008 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Hurray! It worked for me on a cheap P.O.S. Vista Box (emachines D620 laptop). Initially, I tried your instructions for 8.04, but I couldn’t get it to work. I upgraded to 8.10, followed these instructions, and I’m wirelessly “wired”!

    Excellent!

    Thanks Madberry!

  • Roland
    December 5, 2008 - 4:34 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    for my ASUS F5RL it didn’t worked out.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/80792/

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Roland

  • martin
    December 5, 2008 - 7:17 am | Permalink

    this worked great for me and my Toshiba Satellite A205-S5825 laptop computer.

    Thanks!

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  • December 5, 2008 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Worked like a CHARM! Thanks for helping me out! My wifi card was working in 8.10, then one day I turn my laptop on and… there were no wireless extensions! I have the Atheros AR242x card and these instructions worked without one single problem.

  • December 6, 2008 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    Great instructions, followed them carefully. I’m new to Linux and Ubuntu. It didn’t work at first until I ran IPCONFIG then
    echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
    and then it ran just perfectly.

    Thanks

  • MGrosskopf
    December 6, 2008 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    Try as I might, could not get this to work…until I installed Kwlan, which uninstalled Knetwork Manager.

    I now have wlan0, eth0 and pan0 interfaces working

    Can’t get WPA_Supplicant to load, but it appears I don’t need it at this point. “Lan” light on the keyboard still shows orange (not running…should show “Blue”) but it works now.

    Thanks very much for the How-To, it was at least educational.

    I am running a Compaq CQ50-115NR, with an ATH 2425 chip.

    Mark

  • rechelon
    December 6, 2008 - 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Well I gotta say, you managed to get me further than anyone else:

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    But when it comes to configuring the damn thing system > admin > network , I’m getting nowhere. I had to manually enter the name and password (asci), and then nothing. No internet save through the physical ethernet.

  • Diego Fernandes
    December 7, 2008 - 6:50 am | Permalink

    @FXF

    I have an Asus F5RL, and tried everything possible with no results, but I read FXF solution, of unloading asus-laptop, the wireless turned on, AND IT WORKED!!! thanks a lot you all!!

  • Antoine Pairet
    December 7, 2008 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    dmesg: http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/81990/
    syslog: http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/81992/

    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279207] Call Trace:
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279219] [] warn_on_slowpath+0x64/0x90
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279234] [] ? ath5k_hw_reset+0xf1f/0x1150 [ath5k]
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279243] [] ? __ratelimit+0xa5/0xf0
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279250] [] ? net_ratelimit+0x15/0x20
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279261] [] ? ath5k_reset+0x232/0x240 [ath5k]
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279280] [] ieee80211_hw_config+0xac/0xb0 [mac80211]
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279302] [] ieee80211_scan_completed+0xc5/0x330 [mac80211]
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279322] [] ieee80211_scan_work+0x75/0x1b0 [mac80211]
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279341] [] ? ieee80211_scan_work+0x0/0x1b0 [mac80211]
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279350] [] run_workqueue+0xc2/0x1a0
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279355] [] worker_thread+0xaf/0x130
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279361] [] ? autoremove_wake_function+0x0/0x40
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279367] [] ? worker_thread+0x0/0x130
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279372] [] kthread+0x4e/0x90
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279378] [] child_rip+0xa/0x11
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279383] [] ? kthread+0x0/0x90
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279387] [] ? child_rip+0x0/0x11
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279390]
    Dec 5 10:31:05 portant kernel: [ 184.279393] —[ end trace 3b6995541140526f ]—

    http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12175

    regards,
    Antoine

  • Troels Folke
    December 7, 2008 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Thankyou so much! I’m new to Linux and have tried in 2 days to get my Wlan to work. With your guide it worked! Very good step by step guide!

  • gekkos
    December 8, 2008 - 5:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks you, it worked out of the box

  • Arjen
    December 8, 2008 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Very nice guide, I thought it worked for me too .. 😉 I think I am very close.

    uname -a
    Linux els-laptop 2.6.27-9-generic #1 SMP Thu Nov 20 21:57:00 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

    cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=0 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 No scan results

    network restart:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/82659/

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/82660/

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/82661/

    Hope you can help.

    Thanks,

    Arjen

    • December 8, 2008 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Arjen
      Very nice guide, I thought it worked for me too .. ;-) I think I am very close.

      wpa_supplicant: “madwifi” wpa-driver is unsupported
      wpa_supplicant: using “wext” wpa-driver instead …

      You can fix this by changing madwifi to wext in your wpa_supplicant.conf.

      [ 170.064131] ath5k phy0: gain calibration timeout (2412MHz)
      [ 170.064147] ath5k phy0: can’t reset hardware (-11)

      I’ve had this before and fixed it by re-running the commands again.

      Thanks for your comment,
      [mad]Berry

  • Dave Sinclair
    December 8, 2008 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    I got as far as the ATH interface is recognized but it won’t connect to any of my AP’s. WLAN1 is the ATH interface.
    dsinclai@dsinclai-linux:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan1 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Ad-Hoc Frequency:2.412 GHz Cell: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster1 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:”linksys”
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:1E:E5:63:08:91
    Bit Rate=1 Mb/s Tx-Power=13 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality=65/100 Signal level:-66 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    • December 8, 2008 - 7:43 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By Dave Sinclair
      I got as far as the ATH interface is recognized but it won’t connect to any of my AP’s. WLAN1 is the ATH interface.
      dsinclai@dsinclai-linux:~$ iwconfig
      lo no wireless extensions.

      What is the result of:

      iwlist wlan1 scanning

      [mad]Berry

  • Islam Alshaikh
    December 8, 2008 - 9:48 pm | Permalink

    It works now after booting without unload/load

    with:
    echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

    Very fine !!

    ====================
    But
    I have another partition with 8.10-64bit , step by step not working with it !

    Thanks All

  • Steven
    December 9, 2008 - 2:45 am | Permalink

    Computer: Toshiba A215-S5848
    Atheros Type: AR5007EG

    Followed instructions as listed.

    Flawless Victory


    Thanks
    Steven

  • off4vRa
    December 9, 2008 - 7:05 am | Permalink

    I did it! Wi-fi works on my Asus F5RL! And the led is on!
    Just need to do this:
    1.open and edit the file /etc/rc.local
    2.before the final exit 0, insert this line:
    echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/asus-laptop/wlan
    Works fine with “linux-backports-modules-intrepid”

  • December 9, 2008 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    it works fine on my laptop Fujitsu siemens E8410. No need to unload:load after reboot. Thanks a lot

  • Jason
    December 9, 2008 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi The laptop is Samsung NC10.

    I’ll carry on reading the comments to see if there is further resolutons. I am using wep 64bit…(yes I know not that secure, my house mates laptop doesn’t work well with WPA :-()

    Thanks for the guide.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/83263

    Sorry forgot to mention it does seem to connect on restart but no traffic is actually passed…

    Thanks

  • December 10, 2008 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    it works fine on my acer 5052, but it still cannot connect to my SMC modem?


    bambang@intrepid:~$ uname -a
    Linux intrepid 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Fri Oct 24 06:42:44 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
    bambang@intrepid:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    bambang@intrepid:~$ iwconfig
    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=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    bambang@intrepid:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 No scan results

    here my pastebin:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/83582/

    thanks a lot for your help.

  • frank
    December 10, 2008 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    madberry i love u! First attempt, wireless perfect…just as it was with hardy, many thanks for the help

  • December 11, 2008 - 5:57 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry
    Yes, SMC is my wireless router. when I’m using my hardy heron(8.04), it works fine. My atheros is easy to detect by SMC wireless router using madwifi, but when I used intrepid(8,10), I don’t know, it’s not easy to configure.

    Thanks for your advice.

    • December 12, 2008 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By bambangp
      @[mad]Berry
      Yes, SMC is my wireless router. when I’m using my hardy heron(8.04), it works fine. My atheros is easy to detect by SMC wireless router using madwifi, but when I used intrepid(8,10), I don’t know, it’s not easy to configure.

      Did you remove all the previous tries of getting this to work sometimes old drivers hang around.

      [mad]Berry

  • December 11, 2008 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – Hi mmm I think this might be the kicker its useing wep 64bit on a netgear wireless router.

    I remember something similar like this under Hardy..at the time I just changed the setting to WPA but now my House mate was having issues.

    Thanks for the great guide.

    Jason.

  • Jo
    December 11, 2008 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    cool it works perfectly on my laptop TOSHIBA Satellite L300…Thank’s

  • Daniel Shirah
    December 12, 2008 - 6:13 am | Permalink

    I am using a Satellite L305D-S5892. This tutorial worked great. Previously, I had downloaded wicd, which I had to remove to re-instate Network-Manager and get everything working. Works great, thanks.

  • Keith Wayne
    December 12, 2008 - 8:17 pm | Permalink

    This worked perfectly on my new Acer Aspire One with a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.10.

  • December 12, 2008 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry
    Thanks [mad]Berry, finally my intrepid can detect my SMC. I’m trying to uninstall all module related to wireless.

    Then i just follow your suggestion to install linux-backports-modules-intrepid, reboot my laptop and deactivate hadrware driver “Support the Atheros 802.11 wireless LAN card”. Then, again, reboot the laptop. Finally just load the ath5k module using modprobe ath5k and reboot my laptop.

    It doesnt matter if i have to reload every time 😉

    thanks [mad]..

    • December 13, 2008 - 6:32 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By bambangp
      @[mad]Berry
      Thanks [mad]Berry, finally my intrepid can detect my SMC. I’m trying to uninstall all module related to wireless.

      Great that it’s working now.

      To get it to load at startup run this command:

      echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

      Thanks,
      [mad]Berry

  • December 13, 2008 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! It just started working great (the compat drivers) for my new T-500. For those who don’t have an internet connection to connect to SVN to get the compat drivers, you could go directly to http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/ and download it instead. My regular internet conn wasn’t working on linux either so I went to windows, downloaded the drivers and installed.
    -Sid

  • BlackBit
    December 15, 2008 - 7:35 am | Permalink

    It works perfectly with an Ubuntu 8.10

    Note that also doesn’t show any problem after installing 2.6.27-9 latest regular kernel revision from Ubuntu

    Thanks for your effort !

    root@BlackTop:~# uname -a
    Linux BlackTop 2.6.27-9-generic #1 SMP Thu Nov 20 22:15:32 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    root@BlackTop:~# lspci |grep Atheros
    05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

  • December 16, 2008 - 2:52 am | Permalink

    nice artikel,
    thank’s alot for bring good solution install wireless atheros on my laptop

  • December 16, 2008 - 8:02 am | Permalink

    MSI ex610 works perfect,
    compact drivers resolved one other perfomace problem with this machine :))).
    I recommend this solution to everyone, who uses 8.10 32/64bit!

    Thank you [mad]Berry.

  • December 16, 2008 - 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m using an emachines D620, and this worked perfectly for me. Thanks a bunch!

  • Jaime
    December 17, 2008 - 1:46 am | Permalink

    It worked wonderfully…searched for a couple of days for a solution…thanks so much for providing such user-friendly instructions!

  • manty01actual
    December 17, 2008 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – Actually, the enraging part of all of this is that my wireless is not greyed out in the network manager window, even has signal bar, but when I try to click the hash field, when plugged into ethernet, it does nothing, and when unplugged, it auto disco’s.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/87427/

    • December 17, 2008 - 5:57 pm | Permalink

      Originally Posted By manty01actual
      @[mad]Berry – Actually, the enraging part of all of this is that my wireless is not greyed out in the network manager window, even has signal bar, but when I try to click the hash field, when plugged into ethernet, it does nothing, and when unplugged, it auto disco’s.

      What are you using to connect to your AP?

      [mad]Berry

  • December 17, 2008 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Tried your steps and this is what I got after entering your last bit of code.
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/87322/
    thank you for your time.

  • December 18, 2008 - 3:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your instruction.
    I tried to get that WLAN-thing activated for more than one week, searched the whole internet, read lots of instructions, asked many people.

    I didn’t need 2 minutes to get that thing started the way you recommended.

    Thanks a lot for your great support.
    Rock on
    Rocksteady

  • Chelle
    December 18, 2008 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I have a Compaq Presario with the Atheros AR242x. I followed the instructions and it worked wonderful with one minor exception. I could not use wget to download the tar. I went to the website, found the latest version and saved it to my desktop. This is probably better since it’s updated regularly. (There is now a December 18th update).
    Thank you so much for the post!

    • December 18, 2008 - 11:08 pm | Permalink

      Hey Chelle,

      I update this post as soon as there is an update after I test the new version of the driver.

      Thanks for your comment,
      [mad]Berry

  • December 18, 2008 - 10:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s worked for me, thanks!
    I have a 5520-5908 Acer laptop..

  • caseygj
    December 18, 2008 - 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! worked first attempt. Excelent detail. I appreciate the time put into the development of this site.

  • ade
    December 19, 2008 - 2:52 am | Permalink

    thanks,
    it work for my laptop.
    toshiba L305D

  • Karl Smith
    December 20, 2008 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks a bunch! Tried many solutions for the Atheros AR242x problem with 8.10, but yours works! Thanks again.

  • slowwire
    December 21, 2008 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    everything works as per this how to, except i only have the option in wifi radar for wireless B. when i turn the switch off and star wifi radar it shows G but obviously i cannot connect. im confused

  • slowwire
    December 21, 2008 - 10:21 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By slowwireeverything works as per this how to, except i only have the option in wifi radar for wireless B. when i turn the switch off and start wifi radar it shows G but obviously i cannot connect. im confused

    no edit?
    i forgot to mention i used the newest driver for my kernal which is 2.6.27

  • December 21, 2008 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By slowwire

    Originally Posted By slowwireeverything works as per this how to, except i only have the option in wifi radar for wireless B. when i turn the switch off and start wifi radar it shows G but obviously i cannot connect. im confused

    no edit?
    i forgot to mention i used the newest driver for my kernal which is 2.6.27

    You should see the “edit this” link under the gravatar.

  • December 21, 2008 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By slowwire
    everything works as per this how to, except i only have the option in wifi radar for wireless B. when i turn the switch off and star wifi radar it shows G but obviously i cannot connect. im confused

    This one confuses me too lol. I am busy at the moment but will do a search for you later on. Maybe tonight.

  • slowwire
    December 21, 2008 - 4:50 pm | Permalink

    im looking through theb/ath5k file for any hints

    • December 22, 2008 - 6:53 pm | Permalink

      im looking through theb/ath5k file for any hints

      Anything in dmesg.

      [mad]Berry

  • huxl3y
    December 21, 2008 - 7:42 pm | Permalink

    <– New Linux User

    I could really use some help if anyone is available I’ve followed this great tutorial a few times now and I think I almost got it working.

    I’m providing my paste bin as instructed below with the commands asked:

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/90496/

    Thanks again

  • prognostikon
    December 22, 2008 - 3:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks from Russia. Everything works on my Samsung q310.

  • December 22, 2008 - 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By huxl3y
    <– New Linux User

    I could really use some help if anyone is available I’ve followed this great tutorial a few times now and I think I almost got it working.

    I’m providing my paste bin as instructed below with the commands asked:

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/90496/

    Thanks again

    Did you try any other solutions for this problem?
    If you did then please totally remove the previous solution and then re-apply the commands in this How To.

    [mad]Berry]

  • Ryan
    December 22, 2008 - 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I just wanted to say thank you. i was beginning to get frustrated then I came across your guide and it worked like a charm. It’s the dedication of folks like you that keep newbies like me from running away when an issue comes up.

  • thdox
    December 23, 2008 - 12:00 am | Permalink

    I make it work, at last, i was struggling since october!

    I went back to Windows Vista, and realized that WPA is not working on my laptop MSI VR610. So I downgraded to WEP, and make it work on Windows Vista. (That makes me realizing that Linux is not ready for plug and play).

    Then, the above instructions worked perfectly.

    Thank you

    Thierry

  • Doug E
    December 23, 2008 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    Worked great on a fresh install of Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10) on my CPQ Presario C700

    Can hardly wait for the latest drivers to get main-lined so we don’t have to make/install with every kernel upgrade.

  • December 23, 2008 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Doug E
    Can hardly wait for the latest drivers to get main-lined

    You and me both lol.

    [mad]Berry

  • ViC
    December 23, 2008 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    thanks man…it really works on my Acer 5052
    I´ve been configure it all the time on how to make this thing´s work
    and i finally made it….
    thanks

  • Constantinescu
    December 26, 2008 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    10x !!! i `m a noob BIG noob beginer in ubuntu , it is my 1 time with ubuntu but u rull!! man , i just us COPY & PAST ant it works

    LAPTOP > ASUS F5V – AP112 -atheros 5007
    UBUNTU 8.10

    pls keep in tocuh by email i want to learne

    • December 26, 2008 - 5:53 pm | Permalink

      I would love to keep in e-mail contact with everybody but I can’t this post has helped a a lot of people. Keeping in contact with all would be a day job on it’s own. Please check back often I always post new stuff a couple of times a week.

      Thanks for your comment,
      [mad]Berry

  • furoraest
    December 27, 2008 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank You! It is working smoothly now. I tried first kubuntu, then stucked with bluetooth issue, switced to gnome and 64bit ubuntu and stucked with wifi issue :(
    Got wifi working with ndiswrapper and net5211.inf draiver….
    ndiswrapper worked … almost….
    sometimes after boot it told the AP that his mac is 00:00:00:00:00:00
    however after second boot it worked, mostly
    The network traffic spent too much CPU time and the wifi packets lag was random (either around 100 or around 2000 ms, no other choices)
    I tested your HOWTO and after that no cold-boot issue, no random packet lagging and CPU time seems wasted differently :)
    I’m useing Samsung R510, with atheros ar242x (or so the lspci says)
    Anything is possible in linux :)
    Hope that other who are stuck get their help also

  • Shaan
    December 27, 2008 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    You are a genius mate. I have been trying to get this fixed. Cheers mate.

    Happy holidays

  • kice
    December 27, 2008 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    help please
    noob here just trying to test this out my laptop c769

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/94093/

  • Van der Meeren J.R.
    December 27, 2008 - 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for such a usefull article….

  • December 27, 2008 - 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By kice
    help please
    noob here just trying to test this out my laptop c769

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/94093/

    Hey Kice,

    Please read the how to carefully and make sure you either copy and paste or type the commands exactly as they appear in this how to.

    Here is an example:
    you typed:

    lspci gre Atheros

    This should be:

    lspci | grep Atheros

    The result of this will be:

    05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    Try this first if the result is the same and you have not followed any other how to’s, then you are ready to proceed with my how to.

    Please report back with any results.
    Thanks,
    [mad]Berry

  • GSi
    December 28, 2008 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    Did not work on my Asus F5RL

    Using Kubuntu 8.10 and a clean install. wlan0 didnt show up. Doing your HowTo step by step…

    Please help, im just frustrated

    Here the dmesg result:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/94411/

  • December 28, 2008 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By GSi
    Did not work on my Asus F5RL

    Using Kubuntu 8.10 and a clean install. wlan0 didnt show up. Doing your HowTo step by step…

    Please help, im just frustrated

    Here the dmesg result:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/94411/

    Hey GSi,

    Please make sure you completely remove all other solutions and then rerun the commands in this how to.

    please report back with the result.

    [mad]Berry

  • kice
    December 28, 2008 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

    does the 01:00.0 mean this how to is no go for me?

    kice@kice-laptop:~$ sudo update-rc.d -f linux-restricted-modules-common remove
    Removing any system startup links for /etc/init.d/linux-restricted-modules-common …
    kice@kice-laptop:~$ lspci | grep Atheros
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
    kice@kice-laptop:~$

  • kice
    December 28, 2008 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    i got to the make part and hit this obstacle

    kice@kice-laptop:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-12-28$ make
    /home/kice/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-12-28/config.mk:31: *** “ERROR: You should use compat-wireless-2.6-old for older kernels, this one is for kenrels >= 2.6.27”. Stop.
    kice@kice-laptop:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-12-28$

  • December 28, 2008 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By kice
    i got to the make part and hit this obstacle

    kice@kice-laptop:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-12-28$ make
    /home/kice/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-12-28/config.mk:31: *** “ERROR: You should use compat-wireless-2.6-old for older kernels, this one is for kenrels >= 2.6.27”. Stop.
    kice@kice-laptop:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-12-28$

    Please post the result of:

    uname -a
  • Basia
    December 28, 2008 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi !
    Thank you so much !! work perfectly on my samsung R510 :) (you save its life !!)
    Basia

  • kice
    December 28, 2008 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    thanks for helping me.

    kice@kice-laptop:~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2008-12-28$ uname -a
    Linux kice-laptop 2.6.24-22-generic #1 SMP Mon Nov 24 18:32:42 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

  • GSi
    December 29, 2008 - 5:46 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry

    I just try your how to on a clean install. It was the first thing i do after the installation of Kubuntu 8.10.
    On the HDD is another Install Windows XP but i think this doenst matter?

    I rerun the commands but nothing changes..

    please help :-/

  • RogerK
    December 29, 2008 - 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Linux 2.6.27-7-generic
    HP/Compaq Presario F700.
    x86_64

    Works great except LED does not work. There was a script in madwifi that got the LED to work. This is not a big deal but nice to have. However, madwifi does not work with this kernel.

    Roger

  • schwal
    December 29, 2008 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Wicd can’t find any access points. wifi-radar says “adapter doesn’t support scanning.”

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/95376/

    wifi lights dont work. it’s an acer aspire one.

  • kice
    December 29, 2008 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the help my cousin helped me but i dont unsterstand is why i have to type it again everytime i open my pc from shut down

  • schwal
    December 29, 2008 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    @kice
    run this in terminal.
    echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

  • December 30, 2008 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By schwal
    Wicd can’t find any access points. wifi-radar says “adapter doesn’t support scanning.”

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/95376/

    wifi lights dont work. it’s an acer aspire one.

    Others have had this problem. They found that they still had one of the other solutions active. Please remove all old solutions then rerun my How To. This should fix the problem.

    [mad]Berry

  • December 30, 2008 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By RogerK
    Linux 2.6.27-7-generic
    HP/Compaq Presario F700.
    x86_64

    Works great except LED does not work. There was a script in madwifi that got the LED to work. This is not a big deal but nice to have. However, madwifi does not work with this kernel.

    Roger

    Hey Roger,

    You should scan through the comments. Somebody else had that problem and fixed it. I believe they posted the link to the fix. If they didn’t they you can always ask them to do so. More people have the LED problem. I would be great to have the solution in these comments so people could fix it.

    [mad]Berry

  • schwal
    December 30, 2008 - 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I just did a completely fresh install. Now the hardware doesn’t show up in lspci. should i run a system update or follow your instructions first? or are there certain update pacages I should uncheck?

  • December 30, 2008 - 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By schwal
    I just did a completely fresh install. Now the hardware doesn’t show up in lspci. should i run a system update or follow your instructions first? or are there certain update pacages I should uncheck?

    Did you switch on the wireless? The hardware switch I mean somewhere on the front of the laptop.

    [mad]Berry

  • schwal
    December 30, 2008 - 8:34 pm | Permalink

    hardware switch is a toggle that resets to on after a shutdown.

  • schwal
    December 30, 2008 - 8:39 pm | Permalink

    nevermind, i forgot to do a a full shutdown.

  • December 30, 2008 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By schwal
    nevermind, i forgot to do a a full shutdown.

    Cool glad it works now….

    [mad]Berry

  • Jorge M.
    December 30, 2008 - 9:54 pm | Permalink

    You’re the man, dude!!!!
    Works right and at the first try… :-)

    Txs a lot! =)

  • December 30, 2008 - 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By GSi
    @[mad]Berry

    I just try your how to on a clean install. It was the first thing i do after the installation of Kubuntu 8.10.
    On the HDD is another Install Windows XP but i think this doenst matter?

    I rerun the commands but nothing changes..

    please help :-/

    Did you restart after trying the how to?

    Try running all commands again. The error your are getting (from your dmesg output) I’ve had myself a couple of times what helped for me was re running all commands. Also make sure the switch on the front of the laptop is on so your wireless is working. You are right the XP partition is of no effect here.

    [mad]Berry

  • msafiri
    December 31, 2008 - 5:32 am | Permalink

    Works nearly perfect fot my new Eee PC 904HD. Just the Fn+F2 doesn’t work at all. I need to start XP, activate Fn+F2, get blue led on, and then restart into ubuntu.
    Anyway, it’s ok for me :)

    Thank you very much for your sharing,

    regards
    msafiri

  • mscout2004
    December 31, 2008 - 6:19 am | Permalink

    plz update link file cant be found getting 404 code.

  • mscout2004
    December 31, 2008 - 6:30 am | Permalink
  • December 31, 2008 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By mscout2004
    dmesg
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/96924/

    Did you actually run all commands after getting the 404? I don’t get the 404. Please try again.

    [mad]Berry

  • December 31, 2008 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By msafiri
    Works nearly perfect fot my new Eee PC 904HD. Just the Fn+F2 doesn’t work at all. I need to start XP, activate Fn+F2, get blue led on, and then restart into ubuntu.
    Anyway, it’s ok for me :)

    Thank you very much for your sharing,

    regards
    msafiri

    Please take a look at this bug in launchpad it might help.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/182490

    [mad]Berry

  • Vincent Lalieu
    January 1, 2009 - 4:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for your great explanations – I ve got my wifi working again :)

  • It-Worked
    January 1, 2009 - 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Finally I got the wireless working in my Ubuntu 8.10 x 64 laptop.

    Thank You for your efforts .

  • Bulldog091
    January 2, 2009 - 6:28 am | Permalink

    Hi all! It works for me on my Acer 5520G with Ubuntu 8.10 but wi-fi LED doesn’t light. It doesn’t matter 😛 Thank you very much!

  • sony vaio vgn-nr220e
    January 2, 2009 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    Totally worked on a sony vaio vgn-nr220e after many headaches.
    Thanks!

    sony vaio vgn-nr220e wireless card problem solved
    on ubuntu 8.10

  • Kurow
    January 3, 2009 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    Worked on my Acer Aspire One :).
    Thanks a lot !

  • Harold
    January 3, 2009 - 1:55 pm | Permalink

    followed the step-by-step – – re-booted and the list was there!

    GREAT!

  • Andy
    January 4, 2009 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    Mad,
    I jumped for joy a little to soon. It worked yesterday but not today. I realized that I had used the instructions for 8.04 and I am using 8.10. I need to remove the previous install. What do I remove. I have attempted a number of apt-get removes on variations of the downloaded file but none can be found. How do I remove the files or changes?

    thanks

  • January 4, 2009 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Andy
    Mad,
    I jumped for joy a little to soon. It worked yesterday but not today. I realized that I had used the instructions for 8.04 and I am using 8.10. I need to remove the previous install. What do I remove. [snip]

    Hello Andy,

    Go to the madwifi folder and run:

    make uninstall

    Then restart and run the commands for 8.10.

    [mad]Berry

  • Andy
    January 4, 2009 - 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Mad,
    Thanks. Never did ask google the right question to get such a clear answer as yours, but I got impatient and did a reinstall of the OS and started fresh. I followed the instructions and did a couple of reboots and it is working like a champ.
    Thank you very much. It is great to be untethered once again.

  • tufla
    January 5, 2009 - 7:32 am | Permalink

    Mad,

    I’ve followed the instructions in my HP dv6770se and worked perfectly.

    Thank you so much !!

  • Sudhir Thalore
    January 5, 2009 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Mad,
    I was able to get the driver recognize the hardware both using linux-backports-modules-intrepid and your instructions. But no wireless networks were getting detected by the network manager. After some more googling I disabled Bluetooth using system->administration->services and voila – wireless is now working like a champion. If anybody having problems after following Mad’s instructions, please try this. Thanks again for the detailed instructions, I could flush Windows from my son’s laptop.
    cheers,
    Sudhir

  • Boris
    January 5, 2009 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Great Post!
    It worked for me on HP dv5-1022 with fresh installation.

    Thanks.

  • January 6, 2009 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    This is what worked on my HP dv6707us

    Get The device string displayed by lspci -v was as follows:

    Code:

    [snip]
    That should do it. The little wireless button seems to always stay lit orange. When I press it it seems to disable the wireless but it still stays lit orange. WPA works for me. I assume WEP will also. I haven’t tried WPA2

  • January 6, 2009 - 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Boris
    Great Post!
    It worked for me on HP dv5-1022 with fresh installation.

    Thanks.

    Thanks Boris,

    How ever that driver will not be supported anymore the madwifi project is now focusing on ath5k and ath9k the drivers that are currently under development.

    The method you described is similar to the method described in the 8.04 post which can be found here:
    http://madberry.org/2008/08/how-to-get-atheros-ar242x-wireless-to-work-2/

    If you are using 8.10 then you should use the instructions on this page. The LED problems that some people are having will be fixed in future updates of the ath5k driver.

    [mad]Berry

  • sea_cock
    January 7, 2009 - 7:59 am | Permalink

    Cool, meeeeeeeeen!
    Itworked fine,but I had to download the old version of the driver from the site 1st to be able to use : make, make load…
    thanks and take it ez guys

  • Boris
    January 7, 2009 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Mmm, after all it does not work that well…
    It did work (with the desactivating of the bluetooth): i see wlan0, i can do iwlist, iwconfig, I can get dhcp from the wireless router.
    But once connected with a perfect signal, it goes for the 9 Mb bit rate.
    I can change it manually to 54M, but anyway the connection is very slow, most of the time not letting anything through. I can’t even ping the router although I am 10 cm from the router and the signal is perfect.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/101852/

    Any idea, what could be wrong?

  • Boris
    January 7, 2009 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    What is the difference between your solution and compiling this:
    http://snapshots.madwifi.org/special/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604.tar.gz
    (which i found on ubuntu forum’s post)?

  • Boris
    January 7, 2009 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By BorisMmm, after all it does not work that well…
    It did work (with the desactivating of the bluetooth): i see wlan0, i can do iwlist, iwconfig, I can get dhcp from the wireless router.
    But once connected with a perfect signal, it goes for the 9 Mb bit rate.
    I can change it manually to 54M, but anyway the connection is very slow, most of the time not letting anything through. I can’t even ping the router although I am 10 cm from the router and the signal is perfect.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/101852/

    Any idea, what could be wrong?

    I forgot to say that I am using WPA2 (AES) to connect to the AP…could that be a problem? And that the DHCP is not that easy to get.

  • Dan
    January 7, 2009 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    it worked!!! I’ve been trying to get wireless drivers working on my new laptop and this was the first solution that’s worked!!! Thank you very much.

  • January 8, 2009 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    Yes, it did work, thank you so much, I was deseparate!!!!

  • alex
    January 8, 2009 - 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Me funciona muy bien.

    it worked!!!

    Muchas gracias …!!!!

  • marafracka
    January 8, 2009 - 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Madberry!

    Worked perfect!

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  • Owain Williams
    January 10, 2009 - 5:43 am | Permalink

    Thanks. I had tried sooo many other methods, with no joy, before I came across this one. It worked with no problems.

  • McVonstein
    January 10, 2009 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    After trying everything, this worked!
    (I have only been using Linux for less than a week, so this helped me learn quite a bit!)
    Thank you so much!

  • Paulo de Barros
    January 11, 2009 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    I have an HP dv5 1002nr. I must say this tutorial worked flawlessly for me with Ubuntu Ibex version. Thank you very much.

  • January 11, 2009 - 8:02 pm | Permalink

    http://pastebin.com/m4d0dfe54

    Followed your steps, step by step and still having no luck. =(

    ~jer3my

  • January 13, 2009 - 1:32 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By jer3my
    http://pastebin.com/m4d0dfe54

    Followed your steps, step by step and still having no luck. =(

    ~jer3my

    Did you reboot?
    Did you remove old solutions?
    Is your wireless on?

    [mad]Berry

  • January 13, 2009 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Sorry for double post, after redoing everything and rebooting, http://pastebin.com/m48a7a1db

    ~jer3my

  • Stevo
    January 13, 2009 - 11:13 pm | Permalink

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/104737/

    I had errors with the make commands…

  • aga
    January 14, 2009 - 7:58 am | Permalink

    It works perfectly with my acer emachines, ubuntu 8.10, thank you!!! :-)))

  • January 15, 2009 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By jer3my
    Sorry for double post, after redoing everything and rebooting, http://pastebin.com/m48a7a1db

    ~jer3my

    Check you mail I’m sending you an older version tell me what happens after running that.

    [mad]Berry

  • January 15, 2009 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Stevo
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/104737/

    I had errors with the make commands…

    What errors? Did you copy those to?

    [mad]Berry

  • bINX
    January 15, 2009 - 7:40 pm | Permalink

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much. I tried so many different things, and this was the only one that worked.

  • kice
    January 16, 2009 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    this is what happened to my sisters pc
    idk what i did wrong

    kice@iceman:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

  • kice
    January 16, 2009 - 3:30 pm | Permalink
  • Josh
    January 16, 2009 - 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to comment and say thanks for making this guide. I’ve attempted to swap to Linux (Ubuntu/Kubuntu) before for about a week but could not get the wireless on my Toshiba A215-S4807 (AR242x Atheros Chipset) to work…ever. I followed every suggestion I could find but never had any luck. Anyway I eventually swapped back to good old Vista Home Premium out of frustration.

    Recently I tried out Fedora 10 which to my amazement immediately recognized my wireless card and allowed me to connect to my home network. Unfortunately it was very sporadic and often times I was unable to get it to recognize the card (no clue why) at all. That and the fact that my system would constantly (more than a half-dozen times per day) freeze while I was browsing the web forced me to try openSUSE 11.1, which worked great but I didn’t like the usability. Eventually, I found this guide and decided to gave Ubuntu (Gnome) 8.10 another shot (I actually tried it with Kubuntu also but didn’t like KDE much) and after following each step I had wireless internet and a big smile on my face. Thanks!

  • Josh
    January 16, 2009 - 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Also wanted to point out that whenever I tried to ‘wget’ the tar.bz2 file it always just created a file on my desktop called ‘Download’ that was basically nothing but an HTML file.

    I ended up just going to ‘http://wireless.kernel.org/download/’ and navigating to the correct compat-wireless folder. What I also found was there is a ‘compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2’ and a ‘compat-wireless-2009-01-16.tar.bz2’ file which are the same size and have the same last modified timestamp. I can confirm that both tar’s work with the above guide though. I’m guessing that the dated one is a daily build of some sort but don’t quote me.

  • January 16, 2009 - 7:37 pm | Permalink

    still nothing. Not sure what to do, Its like the wifi card shows up but doesnt want to work >.<

    ~us3rX

  • January 17, 2009 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    I followed the instructions twice and both times on a freshly installed version of Ubuntu 8.10 on my HP G70-120EA.
    Unfortunately it didn’t work. Also the wireless button stays yellow all the time regardless of me pressing it.

    My wireless device is listed as:

    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/106081/

    Thank you for your help

  • Larry
    January 17, 2009 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Lets see.. I’ve tried bakports, ndiswraper, ath5k (blacklisting _pci and _ath) and other madwifi downloads. The only thing that remotely worked was installing backports and blacklisting_pci aand _ath, but after ever reboot, I would actually have to do all the steps again (actually removing the backports and blacklist entries and putting them back). I had pretty much given up on wireless on my laptop, but ran across this article. Amazingly enough, it worked (kind of). I had to manually add the entry to /etc/modules and remove the bluetooth service. Then reboot, Then another make unload and make load. Since then, it has worked (rebooted a few times just to test it).

    Thank you very much for this.

    on a side note, the link to the drivers didn’t work for me. The directory listing shows the compact-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2 file, but every way I tried to get it would time out (wget, firefox, ie on another machine…) The file that worked for me was compact-wireless-2009-01-17.tar.bz2

  • Linda
    January 18, 2009 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    It worked for me on my bf’s Toshiba satellite laptop! 😀 Damn, we’ve been trying to get wlan working on it since the summer (well, not non-stop 😉 )
    So now I got him a fresh install of Kubuntu Intrepid on it, with wlan working 😀
    Vista is finally obsolete on this laptop 😀
    Thanks for the great howto!

    I had to download the compat* file, do the make, sudo make install, sudo make unload, sudo load. And I had to do the echo ath5k-line to.

    Thanks again!

  • cristi
    January 19, 2009 - 2:52 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By cristiHi,

    I followed the instructions twice and both times on a freshly installed version of Ubuntu 8.10 on my HP G70-120EA.
    Unfortunately it didn’t work. Also the wireless button stays yellow all the time regardless of me pressing it.

    My wireless device is listed as:

    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/106081/

    Thank you for your help

    I finally got it working by blacklisting ath_hal and ath_pci, shutting down the laptop and removing the battery and power from it for about 30-60secs. Once booted up it connects to the network just fine.

    It seems that every time I change a configuration setting for the wireless connection I have to shut down the system and unplug power/battery before it will connect to the network again.

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  • Mike
    January 21, 2009 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    Here is the message I have got.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/107887/

  • Mike
    January 21, 2009 - 10:43 am | Permalink
  • January 21, 2009 - 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Mike
    I also get this:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/107889/

    Looks like the download isn’t working go to http://wireless.kernel.org/download//compat-wireless-2.6/ and download compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2 by right clicking and selecting save target as or something similar. The rerun the How to from the wget part down. Let me know if it works…

    [mad]Berry

  • Kevin
    January 21, 2009 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I tried this on my Lenovo T500 laptop and it worked all with the exception of the download. it didn’t download the tar file but rather the web page. So I opened the web page and found the link to download the correct file and everything else worked just peachy.

  • Quentin
    January 21, 2009 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/108095/

    No networks are appearing. How can I get them to show up? I tried connecting to hidden network, but that didn’t work.

  • January 21, 2009 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Quentin
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/108095/

    No networks are appearing. How can I get them to show up? I tried connecting to hidden network, but that didn’t work.

    Did you reboot?

    [mad]Berry

  • Quentin
    January 21, 2009 - 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I rebooted several times, and I tried the troubleshooting methods provided.

  • Mike
    January 22, 2009 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    michael@michael-laptop:~$ wget -c http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz
    –2009-01-22 16:31:08– http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz
    Resolving wireless.kernel.org… 83.246.72.84
    Connecting to wireless.kernel.org|83.246.72.84|:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found
    2009-01-22 16:31:08 ERROR 404: Not Found.

  • January 22, 2009 - 11:35 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Mike
    michael@michael-laptop:~$ wget -c http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz
    [SNIP]404 Not Found
    2009-01-22 16:31:08 ERROR 404: Not Found.

    Fixed for now we’re using compat-wireless-2009-01-22.tar.bz2 until kernel.org fixes whatever is wrong with the link to compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz.

    [mad]Berry

  • Mark Warner
    January 23, 2009 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks. Had to use browser on wired connection (could have used another pc or just guessed I suppose) to go to wireless.kernel.org/download to see what the current version name was. Apparently it changes every day or so. Today the link is …-2009-01-23… Process worked PERFECTLY and without errors. Acer 5315 and Ubuntu/Gnome 8.10. Have finished upgrading this customer from Vista to Ubuntu. Had minor issue with soundcard (worked from liveCD but not after install – just reloaded std driver) and this wireless thing. Now it all works great.

    At Yahoo I searched for “Atheros AR242x driver” and your page came up as the first result, even ahead of all the windows crap. Obviously a common issue. Thanks for making the fix clear enough for all the Linux newbs. This is the kind of problem that scares people into sticking with an inferior OS such as Windows.

  • January 23, 2009 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    It just worked – brilliant – superb chap.

  • scott
    January 24, 2009 - 2:08 pm | Permalink

    WORKED!
    (acer aspire one 110 + extra 1gb ram + 80gb hdd)
    THX!

  • January 24, 2009 - 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Thank You!…for the HOW TO!

    Recently bought an Acer Veriton l410 desktop and installed Kubuntu 8.10 AMD64..
    but the Atheros AR242x lan card wasn’t worked . Downloaded/installed : madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3917-20090116 and got the wireless connection . But, then had to disconnect/connect driver at every boot in order to get the signal again. Read your advice/solution and added ‘ath_pci’ to /etc/modules … and so far it worked after re-booting!…THANKX!!!

  • Terry Dorn
    January 25, 2009 - 6:22 am | Permalink

    I have tried 2001-01-22, -23 and -24, but I still get the 404 error.

  • Lindsey
    January 25, 2009 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much! Worked onmy Toshiba satellite a205. I’m totally new to Linux so that really helped:)

  • Terry Dorn
    January 25, 2009 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    ~/Desktop$ wget -c http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless=2009-01-25.tar.bz2
    –2009-01-25 11:43:00– http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless=2009-01-25.tar.bz2
    Resolving wireless.kernel.org… 83.246.72.84
    Connecting to wireless.kernel.org|83.246.72.84|:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found
    2009-01-25 11:43:00 ERROR 404: Not Found.

  • January 25, 2009 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Terry Dorn
    –2009-01-25 11:43:00–
    [snip] http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless=2009-01-25.tar.bz2
    [snip]

    You have a ‘=’ in the urls which should be a ‘-‘. Please change this so you can download the file.

    http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-2009-01-25.tar.bz2

    thanks,
    [mad]Berry

  • Terry Dorn
    January 25, 2009 - 6:00 pm | Permalink

    First, thank you so much for being gentle with me regarding my typo. Since my first computer class in college involved keypunching Fortran IV cards, you would think I would be better at checking my syntax! Thanks again.

    Second, IT WORKED PERFECTLY on our Compaq Presario A900 laptop.

    Looking forward to leaving MS in the dust.

    Terry

  • Dhaval
    January 26, 2009 - 4:39 pm | Permalink

    First off – thanks for posting this how to. It has been helpful – to the point where I can now view all available wireless networks. However, I am not able to connect! I am not sure what I am doing wrong (i have ruled out the most obvious things like WEP key). It seems to me – and this is what happens in Vista – the wireless light turns “blue” when I turn on the WLAN, however, the same does not happen in Ubuntu – it remains “Orange”, indicating that WLAN is not on. I have HP dv5-1004nr laptop with touch buttons. I am not sure, if that has anything to do with me not being able to turn on WLAN. My iwconfig however seems to indicate that the WLAN is on – because I can see the wireless network there. It’s all too fuzzy right now – not sure what I am supposed to do!

    Any help is helpful.

    Thanks,
    DB

  • January 26, 2009 - 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Dhaval
    First off – thanks for posting this how to. It has been helpful – to the point where I can now view all available wireless networks. However, I am not able to connect! I am not sure what I am doing wrong (i have ruled out the most obvious things like WEP key). It seems to me – and this is what happens in Vista – the wireless light turns “blue” when I turn on the WLAN, however, the same does not happen in Ubuntu – it remains “Orange”, indicating that WLAN is not on. I have HP dv5-1004nr laptop with touch buttons. I am not sure, if that has anything to do with me not being able to turn on WLAN. My iwconfig however seems to indicate that the WLAN is on – because I can see the wireless network there. It’s all too fuzzy right now – not sure what I am supposed to do!

    Any help is helpful.

    Thanks,
    DB

    Hey DB,

    Please look at my wpa-supplicant article. This should help you get a connection going. More people have reported that wireless lights don’t work, it’s not a problem your wireless is working fine.

    [mad]Berry

  • Márton Miklós
    January 27, 2009 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this article. My atheros card is working after the suspend now.

    Asus X51

    I have only one problem with it. I cannot see the access points over the 12th channel.

  • January 27, 2009 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Márton Miklós
    I have only one problem with it. I cannot see the access points over the 12th channel.

    Is this 54g or Draft-n?

    [mad]Berry

  • Andrey
    January 28, 2009 - 6:58 am | Permalink

    Don’t work on Kernel version 2.6.27-11-generic

  • Terry Dorn
    January 28, 2009 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    Worked great until I accepted updates and rebooted this morning!

    terrell@terrell-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    terrell@terrell-laptop:~$ uname -a
    Linux terrell-laptop 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 22 17:22:40 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    terrell@terrell-laptop:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    terrell@terrell-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    terrell@terrell-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

  • ricky
    January 28, 2009 - 11:45 am | Permalink

    same problem as terry dorn it was workin perfectly fine and now after updates its doesnt work no more this is was showin in terminal
    ricky@rickys-laptop:~$ uname -a
    Linux rickys-laptop 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Fri Jan 23 13:58:13 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    ricky@rickys-laptop:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    ricky@rickys-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    ricky@rickys-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

  • January 28, 2009 - 11:48 am | Permalink

    I got the same problem as Terry Dorn – worked fine until the latest set of updates and a reboot. Anyone got a new fix?

  • January 28, 2009 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Worked for me until most recent updates (new kernel image included). The output of the commands mentioned int eh thread can be found here (they look the same as the previous poster):

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/111001/

    When I try to load the ath5k module, I get this:

    sudo modprobe ath5k
    WARNING: Error inserting lbm_cw_cfg80211 (/lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/updates/lbm_cw-cfg80211.ko): Invalid module format
    WARNING: Error inserting lbm_cw_mac80211 (/lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/updates/lbm_cw-mac80211.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)
    FATAL: Error inserting ath5k (/lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/updates/ath5k.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)

  • January 28, 2009 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

    @Terry @Tom @Ricky @Andrey

    I’m working on a solution please bare with me.

    In the mean while it has been reported that the linux-backports-modules-intrepid is working again so please try that and report back to be sure.

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-intrepid

    I’m working as fast as I can in between having to do work related stuff this should be fixed tomorrow night by the latest.
    [mad]Berry

  • dante
    January 28, 2009 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    I tried to do as you said, but it still doesn’t work.
    I’m about to have a nervous breakdown, i’ve tried everything in order to make that m***r f*** wireless card work. Sorry for my english, i’m french.

    sarah@Quaternion:~$ uname -a
    Linux Quaternion 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 22 17:22:40 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    sarah@Quaternion:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    sarah@Quaternion:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    sarah@Quaternion:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

  • January 28, 2009 - 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By dante
    Hi,
    I tried to do as you said, but it still doesn’t work.
    I’m about to have a nervous breakdown, i’ve tried everything in order to make[snip]

    Don’t pull your hair out just yet I will look into this as soon as I get home.

    [mad]Berry

  • jeff92130
    January 28, 2009 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but it doesn’t work on my laptop….. ACER 7220. Please help me….

    sandrine@PCSandrine:~$ uname -a
    Linux PCSandrine 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 22 17:22:40 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    sandrine@PCSandrine:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    sandrine@PCSandrine:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:”VIDALO”
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    sandrine@PCSandrine:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 No scan results

  • paaze
    January 29, 2009 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    works perfectly, thanks!

  • Mike
    January 29, 2009 - 11:31 am | Permalink

    Worked great on my HP Pavilion dv7-1232nr. Thanks!

    root@laptop:~# uname -a
    Linux blackhawk 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Tue Jan 27 23:53:21 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    root@laptop:~# cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

  • Vlada
    January 29, 2009 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Hello.
    I have managed to make my wireless card work, on Asus f5rl notebook folowing your instructions. But now I have new problem. I cannot connect to internet.
    I can ping computers in local network, but Internet connection doesnt work.
    I cannot ping outside IP adresses either. Can you help me on this matter.

  • G Britt
    January 29, 2009 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

    worked like a top until I updated then all the work was gone. I have to boot up with the kernel I built
    HP pavilion 9720us

  • kelvin
    January 29, 2009 - 8:08 pm | Permalink

    excuse me sir my kernel updated today then my wifi went out is there gonna be an update on the how to?

  • January 30, 2009 - 12:13 am | Permalink

    Okay every one I have a temporary solution for every one having problems with the kernel update and the latest update of the driver. Adding it now rerun the commands with the new instruction for people with problems after the Kernel Update.

    This fix will stay up until a new driver version fixes the problem.

    [mad]Berry

  • Vlada
    January 30, 2009 - 1:52 am | Permalink

    Hello again, and thanks Mr Berry for quick reply.
    I managed to get Wireless work last night. Router itself reseted settings, and IP adress on WiFi router and ADSL model was same, and that caused problem.
    It is stranged that Wireless have worked when I boot into Vista on laptop.
    Hower now everything works. Thanks again for detailed intrustions, on reinstaling driver for WiFi :)))

    Cheers.

  • Terry Dorn
    January 30, 2009 - 7:17 am | Permalink

    Your solution worked well for me and it survived the updates I downloaded this morning. Thanks for the quick work! I do have one suggestion for your temporary instructions above. Being dense, I did not skip the next line and go to untar after keying in your new command, so maybe an instruction like this would be better for others who may be just as dense:
    “If re-running this after the Kernel update to 2.6.27-11-generic then run this line — and skip the next one — otherwise skip this and go to line below”
    Just a suggestion. Thanks again for all of your help and patience.

    Terry

  • jm
    January 30, 2009 - 10:34 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU!! spent lots of hours with trying to get my card to work this tutorial got me through i’ll be bookmarking this just in case

  • Mom Bakkesz
    January 30, 2009 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    uname -a
    Linux portatil 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 19:24:39 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

    cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:”rinus”
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: 00:80:5A:62:8D:92
    Bit Rate=1 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality=94/100 Signal level:-71 dBm Noise level=-104 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Scan completed :
    Cell 01 – Address: 00:80:5A:62:8D:92
    ESSID:”rinus”
    Mode:Master
    Channel:11
    Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
    Quality=91/100 Signal level:-72 dBm Noise level=-104 dBm
    Encryption key:off
    IE: Unknown: 000572696E7573
    IE: Unknown: 010882840B160C121824
    IE: Unknown: 03010B
    IE: Unknown: 2A0100
    IE: Unknown: 32043048606C
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
    9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
    48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    Extra:tsf=000002e4885f919b
    Extra: Last beacon: 0ms ago


    So it doesn work.

    Can you help me?
    Thanks

  • January 30, 2009 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Terry Dorn
    Your solution worked well for me and it survived the updates I downloaded this morning. Thanks for the quick work! I do have one suggestion for your temporary instructions above. Being dense, I did not skip the next line and go to untar after keying in your new command, so maybe an instruction like this would be better for others who may be just as dense:
    “If re-running this after the Kernel update to 2.6.27-11-generic then run this line — and skip the next one — otherwise skip this and go to line below”
    Just a suggestion. Thanks again for all of your help and patience.

    Terry

    Thanks for the suggestion Terry. It was very late and hard to produce clear instructions lol.

    [mad]Berry

  • January 30, 2009 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Mom Bakkesz

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:”rinus”
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: 00:80:5A:62:8D:92
    Bit Rate=1 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality=94/100 Signal level:-71 dBm Noise level=-104 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    So it doesn work.

    Can you help me?
    Thanks

    This means that you connected to the access point “rinus”. So it did work. But you don’t have internet? Can you ping any other computers in the network?

    [mad]Berry

  • January 30, 2009 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, [mad]Berry . After days of wading through the Howtos and ndiswrappers, this little beauty just worked. Good onya.

  • Dhaval
    January 31, 2009 - 5:41 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    I did a clean install of Ubuntu 8.10 64bit yesterday and followed the directions to the tee. I got the wlan working for a while, however, even without a reboot or anything, I lost my connection and wlan would not detect any networks. As a result, I tried the wpa_supplicant method that was outlined in your other post. It still did not work. On top of that, the wlan does not even work in Vista (same problem, can’t detect any networks). All this while, the system can detect the wlan card (doing a lspci | grep Atheros in Ubuntu and device manager in Vista).

    I am not sure if this is a hardware issue – I need a confirmation on that. If so, I can go and return this machine.

    BTW, the iwconfig is normal on reboot (except for the SSID section = “”).

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dhaval

  • Attila
    January 31, 2009 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    Hi there,

    I has worked just like in the text book.
    I have followed your instructions.
    I have a compaq presario cq70 laptop.
    Was not any error message during terminal work and install.
    Wireless worked strait away after reboot.
    (By the way I did configure the wireless settings before hand)

    Thanks a lot.

    Attila

  • Philip
    January 31, 2009 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    this solution worked for me until the kernel update. I re-run all thesecommands and wireless conection is ok again now, BUT wired connection doesnť work since the repair i’ve made. I followed all instructions here.

    Ubuntu 8.10 kernel 2.6.27-11 (with these compat updates).

  • Guillermo Sanchez
    January 31, 2009 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    It work great!! Thanks a lot for the post ….

  • January 31, 2009 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    amjad@amjad-laptop:~$ uname -a
    Linux amjad-laptop 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 19:24:39 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    amjad@amjad-laptop:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    amjad@amjad-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wifi0 no wireless extensions.

    ath0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:”” Nickname:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power:16 dBm Sensitivity=1/1
    Retry:off RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
    Power Management:off
    Link Quality=0/70 Signal level=-96 dBm Noise level=-96 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    amjad@amjad-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    amjad@amjad-laptop:~$

  • Brian
    February 1, 2009 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    thank you thank you thank you you have no idea how long this had hindered me from completely comomittimg to linux this is awesome thank you so much

  • Mom Bakkesz
    February 2, 2009 - 8:11 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry

    Sorry, “rinus” is the only network it sees (my neighbour’s, not protected).

  • Mom Bakkesz
    February 2, 2009 - 8:25 am | Permalink

    How do I ping other computers, BTW?

  • Johnny Hu
    February 2, 2009 - 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Dear [Mad]Berry, thank you for all your patience helping the people above!

    When my ubuntu 8.10 was in the 2.6.27.9 version, my wireless used to work nicely. After the recent upgrade to 2.6.27.11 by the canonical repository…. oh, man! it doesn`t work anymore!

    So I followed your tutorial, but still doesn`t work. Also read the solutions proposed for individual cases above, but no results for awhile… could you help me please?

    Thanks in advance!

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/113015/

    And i promise that I never will make a new version upgrade until the new ubuntu come, rsrsrsrsrssr

  • dhaval
    February 2, 2009 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    I seem to be having an interesting problem. I recently bought a laptop (HP dv5-1004nr, Windows Vista 64bit, Atheros wlan card 5007). I did a clean install of Ubuntu 8.10 64bit and used the above method to get the wlan working. It works fine, until it stops working unexpectedly (I don’t reboot or anything). The wlan won’t even work in Windows at this point (basically, the card can’t find any wireless networks, even when they are working on my other Apple laptop). My first guess was that Windows disables the wlan card (or maybe it might even be Ubuntu). I run the Windows recovery CD and everything starts working fine at that point.

    Anyone knows / has similar experience? I was wondering if someone can shed any light on the above issue. I don’t want to be running the Vista CD every day or two.

    Thanks,
    Dhaval

  • Johnny Hu
    February 3, 2009 - 6:09 am | Permalink

    Dear [Mad}Berry, thank you a lot! I fix the problem here. The problem was the little piece behind the keyboard… I didn`t note that I`m having problem with the command line

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential

    because there was a little problem with a public key to acess launchpad.net. I fixed this and re-apply your tutorial from the beginning.

    Now everything is fine! My wireless came back to life!

    Again, thank you very much for your patience with guys like me.

    Regards,

    Johnny Hu

  • jijin
    February 3, 2009 - 7:47 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    I did this and it made everything worse. How do I undo this tutorial.

    When I do a “sudo make unload” I get a kernel panic. Let me know if you need anything copied to a pastebin.

    Thanks.

  • Greg
    February 3, 2009 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    First of all thanks for your guide. Like many it’s gotten me further than any thing else. Anyway, it’s Ubuntu 8.10 on a t400 thinkpad. The results of iwconfig:

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    which shows that my access point is not associated. I don’t have a wireless network at home or work and just wanted to have it set up to use at public access points.

    Here is my Pastebin:

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/113339

    Thanks again

    Greg

  • Mriswithe
    February 3, 2009 - 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Running on a Compaq cq60-220:
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    was getting no success with the built in linux drivers followed the directions listed here I did have to include the step for adding it to the bootup sequence
    “echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules”

    it is working perfectly as far as I can tell I have rebooted several times and it is acquiring my hidden wpa encrypted wifi every time.

    Wasn’t sure what all to post but here is what you are supposed to post if it failed:

    Nothing needed [mad]Berry

  • Alex
    February 4, 2009 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Tried the steps for 8.04. Didn’t work. Upgraded to 8.10 today and tried the relevant steps. Didn’t work. I’m very new to Ubuntu and don’t want to have to go back to Windows but at this rate it’s starting to appear that I have no choice. Please help.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/113669/

  • Filipe
    February 4, 2009 - 12:27 pm | Permalink

    hello, i’m with a big porblem with my wireless card i have a packard bell mx 65-004 easy note and my wireless is a Atheros Communications Inc. AR5008 Wireless Network Adapter i tried with madwifi nothing… with compat-wireless nothing too… i have made everything right and no errors appears. Before this wireless card, the laptop had a intel wireless 3945abg and that card with ubuntu 7.10 worked great, but since i install version 8.10 never worked again thats why i changed to atheros, but is the same thing dosen’t work in wind works fine, but with ubuntu no since october that i canot use the wireless in my laptop and i’m almost given up using ubuntu… i don’t now what to do anymore…. my wireless router is an SMC barricade g it dosen’t have any kind of encrypition or password is a open wireless…
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/113766/
    any help please???
    Thanks

  • tapasztosz
    February 5, 2009 - 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi MAD!

    I installed the wireless on your description in a December.
    (Wifi radar + Network managemet was very good)

    The last ubuntu system update the wifi deleted settings.

    I installed it WICD software.

    I have an old laptop apart from what the wifi is a switch and WICD store
    the informations well.

    I installed it then WICDt FC V5505 onto a laptop, but there the wifi
    switch with a hotkey can be turned off/on.

    I would like to be done single Fn+F1 hotkey the switching on of the wifi
    and single Fn+F2 hotkey the switching off of the wifi.

    Or

    Let me install the driver on new one.

    I do not know it what I shall do.

    Help me! :-)

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:26 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Dhaval
    Hi,
    I did a clean install of Ubuntu 8.10 64bit yesterday and followed the directions to the tee. I got the wlan working for a while, however, even without a reboot or anything, I lost my connection and wlan would not detect any networks. As a… [snip]

    This might be a hardware Issue.

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    @Philip
    Did you change anything in your /etc/network/interfaces?

    [mad]Berry

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    @amjad

    Please run:

    iwlist ath0 scanning

    [mad]Berry

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    @Mom Bakkesz -RE: How do I ping-

    ping -c5 192.168.1.22

    Change 192.168.1.22 to an IP address in your network.

    [mad]Berry

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    @Johnny Hu

    Please run:

    iwlist ath0 scanning

    Please use the paste if any results come up.

    [mad]Berry

    • first keeper
      July 31, 2009 - 8:39 am | Permalink

      @[mad]Berry, i ran this and got ” interface doesn’t support scanning.”

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By jijin
    Hello,

    I did this and it made everything worse. How do I undo this tutorial.

    When I do a “sudo make unload” I get a kernel panic. Let me know if you need anything copied to a pastebin.

    Thanks.

    You get a Kernel panic on:

    sudo make unload

    That is supposed to unload modules already in use. The problem seems to lay with what ever you ran before you used my how to.

    Please reboot and post the:

    dmesg

    to a paste bin.

    [mad]Berry

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    @Greg
    Run a this:

    iwlist wlan0 scanning

    If this comes back with an error then it didn’t work. If it doesn’t return an error and comes back empty then it worked.

    [mad]Berry

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Alex
    Tried the steps for 8.04. Didn’t work. Upgraded to 8.10 today and tried the relevant steps. Didn’t work. I’m very new to Ubuntu and don’t want to have to go back to Windows but at this rate it’s starting to appear that I have no choice. Please help.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/113669/

    Did you encounter any problems running the commands?

    [mad]Berry

  • February 6, 2009 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Filipe
    hello, i’m with a big porblem with my wireless card i have a packard bell mx 65-004 easy note and my wireless is a Atheros Communications Inc. AR5008 Wireless Network Adapter i tried with madwifi nothing… with compat-wireless nothing too… i have made everything right and no errors appears. Before this wireless card, the laptop had a intel wireless 3945abg and that card with ubuntu 7.10 worked great, but since i install version 8.10 never worked again thats why i changed to atheros, but is the same thing dosen’t work in wind works fine, but with ubuntu no since october that i canot use the wireless in my laptop and i’m almost given up using ubuntu… i don’t now what to do anymore…. my wireless router is an SMC barricade g it dosen’t have any kind of encrypition or password is a open wireless…
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/113766/
    any help please???
    Thanks

    Please paste the results of:

    ifconfig

    [mad]Berry

  • February 6, 2009 - 10:08 am | Permalink

    @tapasztosz

    The HotKeys are a Kernel setting. I don’t believe there is an easy way in Kubuntu 8.10 to control hotkeys through a GUI. I’m going to look into this and post a how to over the weekend. I want to be able to use the fn + f9 function on my laptop to switch the touchpad of and on. For now here is a link to the wiki article that Ubuntu provides.

    https://wiki.kubuntu.org/Hotkeys/Architecture

    [mad]Berry

  • February 6, 2009 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    amjad@amjad-laptop:~$ iwlist ath0 scanning
    ath0 No scan results

  • February 6, 2009 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By amjad
    amjad@amjad-laptop:~$ iwlist ath0 scanning
    ath0 No scan results

    Which wget line did you run?

    [mad]Berry

  • Filipe
    February 7, 2009 - 2:37 am | Permalink

    Hello,
    here is some information hope that helps:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/115110/.
    dosen’t work
    On xp works 100% on Ubuntu 8.10 intrepid nothing…

  • February 7, 2009 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Filipe
    Hello,
    here is some information hope that helps:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/115110/.
    dosen’t work
    On xp works 100% on Ubuntu 8.10 intrepid nothing…

    Is you network hidden? This tells me it should be working.

    wlan0 No scan results

    [mad]Berry

  • Filipe
    February 7, 2009 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    No i made a reset to my router smc no hidden network no encryption nothing, even on public network nothing… i think that the problem it’s the wireless card dosen’t turn on

  • Filipe
    February 7, 2009 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/115349/
    See the image of the icon of network manager the wireless card is there but it’s not power on.
    once i don’t now i got there don’t remember…
    but i saw a file in the kernel inside of 03:00.0 that wlan0 says inside that file: disable
    it was the only thing that had inside that file
    even on root i couldn’t change that says that i didn’t have permission to do that i don’t now but it’s normal that ?

  • Filipe
    February 7, 2009 - 11:49 am | Permalink

    sorry once more….
    inside of:
    sys/module/ath9k/drivers/pci:ath9k/0000:03:00.0/power
    the file inside that is wakeup and says disable.
    and inside other files in subsystem referent to that the wakeup files says disable it’s normal that?

  • amjad
    February 7, 2009 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

    @amjad –

    Please run:

    iwlist ath0 scanning

    [mad]Berry

  • Sanath
    February 7, 2009 - 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Worked like magic.. Thanks for the lovely post. I guess , its the information like this make me stick with ubuntu…

    Cheers

  • amjad
    February 7, 2009 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    amjad@amjad-laptop:~$ iwlist ath0 scanning
    ath0 No scan results

  • Filipe
    February 8, 2009 - 1:29 am | Permalink

    i have used the live cd of ubuntu jaunty and the wireless works!!!!! : )
    on live cd…
    is there a way to use the driver of the wireless card from jaunty on intrepid?
    i ask because i don’t now if it can be possible i’m steel very very very young on linux…

  • srpayo
    February 9, 2009 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Im running Intrepid on Acer Aspire 5315 and most of the things worked except for my Wifi:

    many thanks for this post. However it didn’t work for me. I got stuck in the tar xvf compat*.tar.bz2 command after I downloaded:

    wget -c http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-2009-02-09.tar.bz2

    I got error

    :~/Desktop$ tar xvf compat*.tar.bz2
    tar: compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2: Not found in archive
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    Here are the requested outputs:

    vegan@TOFUTI:~/Desktop$ uname -a
    Linux TOFUTI 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 19:24:39 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    vegan@TOFUTI:~/Desktop$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    vegan@TOFUTI:~/Desktop$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    vegan@TOFUTI:~/Desktop$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    Any help is much appreciated as I am a bit new to linux still! Thanks!

  • Errchy
    February 11, 2009 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I kept messing around with this install method, but every time I finished i would type iwconfig and get:

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=0 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    Nothing seemed to work. It was recognised but couldnt find any networks. I booted up with Vista to check if my wifi card was still working, which it was. Then I rebooted Ubuntu again and I had wifi all of a sudden ^_^ .
    I’m running Ubuntu 8.10 Kernel 2.6.27-11-generic

  • Isl
    February 11, 2009 - 9:24 pm | Permalink

    @Filipe

    I download 9.04 alpha4 , it can scan the network but can not connect !!

  • Filipe
    February 11, 2009 - 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Isl@Filipe

    I download 9.04 alpha4 , it can scan the network but can not connect !!

    I didn´t have any problem with jaunty on live cd, on open networks it´s ok, no problems i didn´t tryed on encrypted networks but i say by experience it works until now…

  • Filipe
    February 11, 2009 - 10:20 pm | Permalink

    @Isl
    And most of the googling that i saw most of the people say that network manager is with some problem, others not, i don´t now but they talk very well of wicd try that maybe can fix your problem it just one opinion… i´m saying this because it´s what i have loked on lots of post.. try it

  • Filipe
    February 11, 2009 - 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By srpayoHi,

    Im running Intrepid on Acer Aspire 5315 and most of the things worked except for my Wifi:

    many thanks for this post. However it didn’t work for me. I got stuck in the tar xvf compat*.tar.bz2 command after I downloaded:

    wget -c http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-2009-02-09.tar.bz2

    I got error

    USE PASTE BIN

    vegan@TOFUTI:~/Desktop$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    Any help is much appreciated as I am a bit new to linux still! Thanks!

    Hi, one option..
    do this:
    install the program mc:

    sudo apt-get install mc

    then do:

    sudo mc

    enter where you have downloaded the compat-wireless then copy to the place where you wanted and done… i use mc for many things and for untar files it´s very simple and results….

  • vagoneta
    February 12, 2009 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    @Boris – Hi, boris. you found a solution for this problem? I have the same slow conection.

  • Jay
    February 13, 2009 - 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t work, here’s the requested info

    ~$ uname -a
    Linux jay 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 19:24:39 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    ~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    ~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    ~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

  • Petros
    February 14, 2009 - 4:15 am | Permalink

    It worked perfectly
    Thank you so very much…
    You are a genius!

  • amjad
    February 15, 2009 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By [mad]Berry

    Originally Posted By amjadamjad@amjad-laptop:~$ iwlist ath0 scanning
    ath0 No scan results

    Which wget line did you run?

    [mad]Berry

    iwlist ath0 scanning

  • Filipe
    February 16, 2009 - 5:52 am | Permalink

    Finally i have my wireless card working!!!!!!!! 😀
    After use several versions of linux the openSuse works just great!!!!!
    I tried live cd and the wireless worked then i have installed and the wireless works perfectly with any type of encryption (i have tried every type of encryption of my router SMC)
    and works really well
    On this moment it’s by wireless that i am here writing this comment
    My wireless car is:
    Atheros AR5008E-3NX
    Finally!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the help that it was given to me here

  • Jason Post
    February 16, 2009 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    Ill start by saying thanks for maintaining a helpful page on a topic that so many people seem to be having issues with. With that said I am one of ‘those’ people. I went through the steps above on a clean install of ubuntu 8.10 on a Acer Aspire One. After the reboot wlano is there and the network manager shows a segment called wireless networks, However this section is not being populated by any of the available networks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    The text from the four commands can be found:
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/118947/

    Thanks,
    Jason

  • February 16, 2009 - 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your help on all of this. I am a new Linux user, and tried your solution to the similar wireless problems others are having. I pasted my dmesg results above. I’m running off a live cd (Intrepid) for right now. Could that be part of the problem? http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/118987/

  • Paul Taylor
    February 17, 2009 - 4:04 am | Permalink

    Hi:

    I followed your instructions and managed to get the wifi working with the 2.6.27-7-generic kernel. I was using the mad-wifi tutorial which also worked well. However, in both cases, after an upgrade to the 2.6.27-11-generic kernel, the wifi does not work and dmesg gives an error message:

    ath5k: disagrees about version of symbol struct_module

    Mind you, it says the same for all of the networking modules so I suppose this is more kernel specific.

    Paul

  • Paul Taylor
    February 17, 2009 - 4:17 am | Permalink

    @Paul Taylor

    It sort of worked and then went again. Modprobe says:

    FATAL: Error inserting ath5k (/lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/updates/drivers/net/wireless/ath5k/ath5k.ko): Invalid module format

    Not sure if this helps.

  • Niandler
    February 17, 2009 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Seems to be working fine on a Dell Vostro A860

  • February 17, 2009 - 5:41 pm | Permalink

    M-Berry :

    This is the second great wireless solution from you! It really works solved all the old problems with the ath_pci driver. There seems to be two subtle chipset versions of this Atheros hardware AR242x that throws people for a loop. The compat driver loaded the b43 legacy for me automatically along with the ath5k.

    Works for now. Blessed be the M-Berry!

  • Tim
    February 17, 2009 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    please help! please please please!
    tim@tim-laptop:~$ uname -m
    i686
    tim@tim-laptop:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    tim@tim-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    ppp0 no wireless extensions.

    tim@tim-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 No scan results

    what am I doing wrong, please help!

  • Bob
    February 18, 2009 - 4:07 am | Permalink

    another working Dell Vostro A860. nice and simple, works like a charm.

    M-Berry = Awesome

  • February 18, 2009 - 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Tim
    please help! please please please!

    what am I doing wrong, please help!

    Tim post the result of the following command:

    dmesg

    to the Paste Bin then report back here. adn post the URL to the paste bin here.

    Everybody I’m really busy with work the coming two weeks I’ll have little time to respond but do keep posting I will take a look if I have time and answer back.

    [mad]Berry

  • Tim
    February 19, 2009 - 4:19 am | Permalink

    here is the dmesg: http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/120094/

    thank you in advance.

  • February 19, 2009 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    Originally Posted By Tim
    here is the dmesg: http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/120094/

    thank you in advance.

    Do you see any networks under windows?
    From that dmesg and the previous info you submitted I don’t see any problems other then there are no networks found when scanning.

    [mad]Berry

  • Bob Gotthardt
    February 19, 2009 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    Procedure worked fine on my HP DV6809 laptop after upgrade to Intrepid [has other issues]. I did have to install HAL to get driver enabled. Thanks again for your ongoing support.

  • February 20, 2009 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    It worked for me on Intrepid Ibex 8.10. I have an Atheros 5211. Now I finally have wireless on this thing after fighting with it for like 2 weeks.

  • Stuart Soloway
    February 20, 2009 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I followed your directions, but it didn’t work. Iwconfig didn’t show wlan0. I then discovered that I had disabled the driver in the hardware manager, and after enabling it I got farther along. The problem now is that wlan0 says “Access point not-associated”. My wireless manager is wicd, and the only parameter it wants me to set is the supplicant driver, which I set to “wext” (Is this correct?). Can you help me?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Here is the terminal output you requested:

    stuart@stuart-laptop:~$ uname -a
    Linux stuart-laptop 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 19:24:39 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    stuart@stuart-laptop:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    stuart@stuart-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    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=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    stuart@stuart-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 No scan results

    stuart@stuart-laptop:~$

  • February 21, 2009 - 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Compaq Presario CQ50-142US Notebook running Ubuntu Open Progex laptop w/ Atheros AR242x 802.11abg Wireless to Linksys WRT160N v1.

    After days of searching and experimenting (following many other Atheros HowTos) with little to show for it, I finally came across your How To. It is nice to finally have internet access on my Ubuntu Open Progex laptop. Thank you.

    Unfortunately I can not use WEP/WPA security. Help would be appreciated.

    See http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/121284/ for requested info:

  • Magnus
    February 22, 2009 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Worked perfectly on my HP Pavillion dv7-1120eo!! Thanks!

    magvar@twintux:~$ uname -a
    Linux twintux 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 19:24:39 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

    magvar@twintux:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

  • hallve revera
    February 24, 2009 - 2:01 am | Permalink

    i have question about this driver and aircrack..
    do i have to install the patch of this driver in order to run aireplay-ng in linux…
    if it do,, where cain i get the patch and the tutorial to install the patch..
    thanks

  • sha
    February 24, 2009 - 5:18 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for this tip. I got a brand new Compaq CQ60-215DX laptop and installed Ubuntu 8.10 (Windows Vista duo boot). It has a AR242x 802.11abg wireless adapter. After I applied the ath5K fix, I finally got the wireless working (well, kind of, see next paragraph),

    HOWEVER, there is something very strange with my Compaq laptop design. This model uses a toggle button to turn Wireless radio on/off, much the same way as the power button. It does not stay down physically after performing the on/off.

    In Windows Vista, the indicator automatically turns from Red (off) to Blue (on) after Windows starts. I can then manually push the wireless button to turn it on/off any time. But on Ubuntu, the light ALWAYS stays RED no matter how I push the button. Now, if I keep the button pushed down without releasing it, the wireless connection works (Even though the indicator is still red). The moment I release the button, the connection goes off! Obviously, I can’t keep my finger pressed on the button all the time :) Is this a known problem with new Compaq laptop? Hope someone has a solution for this.

  • wim
    February 25, 2009 - 1:35 am | Permalink

    Many thanks worked out of the box without reboot

  • stratos
    February 25, 2009 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Thank a lot for the article.

    I have a Compaq CQ-60-120ev and after this, i finally managed to enable mine wireless card (AR242x). To work, i had to type even “echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules” and to disable bluetooth service.

  • nerevaraine
    February 26, 2009 - 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Worked like a charm! Thanks a ton for this helpful post. ^^

  • Dan Davis
    February 27, 2009 - 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this. Worked perfectly for me on my home wireless g network (w/ WEP).
    System: Toshiba L305-s5875 laptop.

  • Daniel
    February 28, 2009 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot, it worked for my Hp dv6700 laptop using the 2009-02-26 file

  • Jay
    March 1, 2009 - 12:37 am | Permalink

    Sha

    Ive been reprogramming my compaq the entire friggin weekend. I did not dual boot, I only have linux. What a mistake. Come to find out if you turn your wireless off under vista and then reboot, install linux, your wireless will never find networks. I had to format my entire system just to put vista on there to press the friggin button. I would like to try to hold it down and see what happens, but im scared to death to even look at the damn thing. Let me know if you make any progress. grindbox@hotmail.com

    • March 24, 2009 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Sorry your having so much problems. Send me an e-mail maybe I can help.

  • Rui
    March 1, 2009 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Great instructions.
    I had previously tried several other solutions, with no effect, but am now working thanks to these ones!
    Thank you, you made my appreciation for Ubuntu Linux increase a bit more.

    Rui

  • brak3000
    March 1, 2009 - 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Hello
    When I first followed these instructions, it worked perfectly. Then I installed Linux kernel 2.6.27-11, and the next day, the wireless stopped detecting any networks. It still said it was there, but there were no available networks. I disabled bluetooth, nothing. I tried uninstalling, reinstalling and reloading everything, but in the process, it seems I’ve totally screwed something up. Now nothing works!

    Here is the pastebin, any help would be much appreciated!
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/125141/

  • ricardo
    March 2, 2009 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    i got the wireless installatet ans i can see the enable wireless in my network proprieties but when i do iwconfig i get the same message but no connection off a line.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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
    see the link Quality it’s on 000

    [ 307.614214] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready

    i got the laptop Compaq CQ60-100ED

  • frozy98
    March 3, 2009 - 2:45 am | Permalink

    Hei,

    Just follow your tips step by step on my Acer Extensa 5220 laptop, but at the end, it still doesn’t work.

    efg26@sardieu:~$ uname -a
    Linux sardieu 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 19:24:39 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    efg26@sardieu:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    efg26@sardieu:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    irda0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    efg26@sardieu:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    May you help me please

    frozy98

  • christian
    March 3, 2009 - 4:12 am | Permalink

    It worked very fine and it is important for me because i need my wlan for university and i need linux for sage and other mathematical applications. All I tried before did not work and so i am very thankful for your solution (samsung q210 tevy, ubuntu 8.10).

  • bogdan
    March 3, 2009 - 7:43 am | Permalink

    Hello [mad]Berry ,

    its a very god guide,

    But i have a problem: I’m shuting down my computer and reboot it, my wireless adapter is off (the led is off), and i need to go in windows, enable the wireless adapter and after that it works fine.
    Please give me some hints,
    Thank you

    Linux bogdan-laptop 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 19:24:39 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 No scan results

    • March 24, 2009 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like the a known problem. Sometimes the LED will not work but you will have wireless. Is this the case?

  • srpayo
    March 3, 2009 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    I finally got my Wireless ath5k working but it only lasted until my router restarted due to a power cut. Then I wasnt able to connect and was getting WPA/WPA2 prompts to enter my key all the time without login in.

    So if you are struggling with your Atheros wireless card in an Acer laptop try installing Wicd Manager (this will uninstall your default Network Manager) and restart your laptop. There are many guides on how to install wicd so I won’t get into the whole process. Just google it.

    It worked charms for me and I am now logged into my wifi finally!

    Thanks Filipe for your reply to my initial question. Im a happy ubuntu user now.

    cheers

  • bukovic366
    March 3, 2009 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    I have problems with my new MSI-VR630 laptop witch come without OS.
    First I try XP and after updating BIOS it’s works fine. I have Windows based home network with several cable connected desktop PC and Wireless AP.
    Now I decide to make some new steps.
    I try several linux distribution (I’m newbie in UNIX) like Live Knoppix 3.4, 4.0, 5.1, Ubuntu 7.1, 8.04, 8.10 (last two i386 & amd64) and Elive 1.9.23 unstable.
    Following instructions from link
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1009417
    help me to solve some problems (not all). Some things even now not works.
    Installing Ubuntu was OK thanks SRD.
    Wireless (following your instructions) works fine. Thank’s
    Bluetooth present (not tested)
    Difference according XP now are:
    sound is OK but max level is too low (Elive & Ubuntu same)
    webcam AND/OR microphone not work
    Thank’s for help
    P.S. Sorry for my english.

  • Pablo
    March 3, 2009 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Worked on my toshiba Satellite A215-S5815. Kubuntu 8.10 2.6.27-7 generic
    Now I’ll start the fight against the ATI Driver

  • Isl
    March 5, 2009 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    new compat-wireless-2009-03-05

  • paulanah
    March 5, 2009 - 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m a totally new linux user, installed a freshly downloaded Kubuntu 8.10 release, plugged the LAN cable, downloaded the latest updates, followed the instructions and everything worked just perfect. Thank you!

  • pelt
    March 5, 2009 - 8:22 pm | Permalink

    You sir have have helped this linux newbie greatly, worked perfectly

  • nitwit
    March 6, 2009 - 5:48 am | Permalink

    thnx

  • arsla
    March 8, 2009 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    Worked great on my ASUS X59SL

    thank you 😀

  • TogashiKokujin
    March 8, 2009 - 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much, nobody else on the internet seems to know how to do this. Worked first try on my Lenovo Thinkpad R500.

  • Göran Källqvist
    March 9, 2009 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    Your help made my day. Followed the instruction on a fresh install (kubuntu 8.10) on my HP Pavilion dv5 1214 eo (atheros 5007 AR chip). It works like a charm!
    Thanx!

  • eloracle
    March 10, 2009 - 5:26 am | Permalink

    Many thanks, this worked fine, as now I can see wireless networks. However, I’ve yet to find out whether this will allow me to connect as I use my laptop on the WLAN at work, and have a wired LAN at home.
    I’m using an HP G70 120EA, although I’m afraid I’ve no idea what the specific model of the wireless card is.

    Thanks again!

  • March 10, 2009 - 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Worked on a Latitude C600 with the Dynex AR2413 WiFi card. thank you very much!

  • francis
    March 17, 2009 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Just installed on a new Toshiba Satellite 355D laptop. Apart from my typing errors, this works well. I have just connected the Toshiba to the wireless network. Beautiful. Thank you! I am another happy Ubuntu user.

  • bruce
    March 17, 2009 - 11:06 pm | Permalink

    THANKS, I can’t believe I got it to work. Didn’t work at first, but had to do an update, so I updated and rebooted and here I am wireless, (after I unplugged the lan)
    Great tutorial
    converting as many friends as I can to ubuntu and this is my friends Acer Aspire 5315-2077
    I know NOTHING about wireless networking, just clicked on the network icon, and clicked on the circle for the belkin wireless network, and it works.

  • lems
    March 17, 2009 - 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Hey it worked :)

    I’m on a toshiba satellite laptop A215-S4747.

  • ceajae
    March 19, 2009 - 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Whoohoo!! I can ditch the 50 foot ethernet!!
    Appreciate the effort, good stuff.

    Lenovo Thinkpad W500 4058-CTO
    Ubuntu 8.10 2.6.27-11-generic

  • chiara
    March 20, 2009 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    This was working for a couple weeks and then it stopped working today. Not sure if an update killed it, but I tried re-installing the driver and going through all the above steps again, including disabling bluetooth and, well, wifi is still dead in the water.

    Here is my pastebin.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/134342/

    I have a Toshiba Satellite A215-S5837.

    Any ideas? This is driving me bonkers.

  • March 22, 2009 - 6:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great guide. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me. I’m using a USB harddrive to boot from several different laptops, and one of them is a Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo m9410. I use Network Manager and have no problems from other laptops (with different wireless chipsets).

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/135409/

    • March 24, 2009 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

      It looks like a authenticate problem is the passphrase the right one? regenerate the passphrase. and try again.

  • March 22, 2009 - 6:24 am | Permalink

    Oh, I forgot to say that my only problem is in getting a connection to my wireless (it times out).

  • butterboy
    March 22, 2009 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Worked like a dream – thank you so much!

  • March 23, 2009 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    Hi there

    I just intalled Ubuntu 8.10 and I know nothing abou it… some of my friends told me that it is a lot better the windows… so… if that is true why the heck
    I can now surf? video screen resolution …. how can I try it like that… wow… so frustating my first attempt… but if a soul could gimme a hand ….. I will give a try again….

    Tks

    J.P. / Brasil

  • Daniel
    March 23, 2009 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    From France
    Toshiba P300-1G5 + Atheros AR5007EG + Windows Vista and Ubuntu 2.6.27-11-generic 32 bits (Intrepid). No Wifi :-(
    After some days and nigthts and reboot,and reinstall and live CD… NO WIFI!
    And the niht before last …
    WIFI Ok with this How To, at the first time!
    :-) Thanks Thanks Thanks :-)

  • Bob
    March 23, 2009 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Cheers,
    I have followed the above steps and I get the same info from my iwconfig as reported on the page (see below) the your instructions report:
    then you can now configure your wireless settings
    How do I do that?

    iwconfig:
    lo no wireless extensions.
    eth0 no wireless extensions.
    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.
    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:””
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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
    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    Thanks,
    Bob

  • March 24, 2009 - 12:35 am | Permalink

    I have an Acer TravelMate 2310 laptop. I have been searching for days, and finally I found this. Finally, my wireless connection works for the first time since I installed ubuntu.
    Thanks for your help.

  • March 24, 2009 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I have responded back to everyone. If I missed your comment and you need help send me an e-mail. http://madberry.org/contact

    thanks,
    [mad]Berry

  • Mihaileanu Adrian
    March 25, 2009 - 5:14 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the tutorial… it worked, other tutorials didn’t work and finally this one did… now I only have to configure it

  • March 26, 2009 - 7:52 am | Permalink

    hi, is there anyway we can get to work atheros wireless always, even if theres an update on kernels?

    • March 27, 2009 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

      No The Atheros driver is a kernel module the update has the older module in it. Therefore every time there is a Kernel update(until they include the driver we are using) we will have to run the commands in this tut. again.

  • justone60
    March 27, 2009 - 6:12 am | Permalink

    Hello [mad]Berry,

    followed your how to, but seems like I did something wrong.
    ath5k seems to be loaded but wlan scanning says network is down, when in fact there is a network and windows pc are working fine with it. Its WPA2 encrypted but that shouldn be a problem?.

    I’m new to linux and would greatly appreciate your help.

    i postet all the information that you requested at: http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/138969/

    thanks for your efforts!

    • March 27, 2009 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

      Try disabling the blue-tooth instructions how can be found above.

  • justone60
    March 27, 2009 - 6:25 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry to have botherd your time seems to work now! Don’t know whats different but working great now! Thanks for your tutorial

  • Franklin
    March 27, 2009 - 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Excellent tutorial. I had tryed several ways to enable my Atheros card but this is the only one that really works

  • Pedro Miranda
    March 29, 2009 - 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I had been trying to put the wireless to work for days, unsuccessfully…
    With your tutorial, it took minutes :)

    I have an Acer Aspire 5100, and I’m just starting with Linux (Ubuntu 8.10).

    Works 100%!! Thank you very much!

  • Eduardo
    March 30, 2009 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this page.

    yesterady I bought a used toshiba satellite laptop with vista; and installed 8.10 but ohh no!!! wireless did not work, although there was a atheros driver already installed by ubuntu it did not work.

    I followed the instructions in this page, but at first wireless did not work.

    Then I disabled bluetooth as suggested and something changed, although wireless did not work for the first time “wireless networks” appeared in the menu when trying to connect to internet.

    After rebooting two or three times into ubuntu wireless came to life and it works.

    I hope a working driver is included in the new ubuntu 9.04

    Thanks again,

    Eduardo

  • Eduardo
    March 30, 2009 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    @livewyer
    Hi, it worked for me when installing ubuntu 8.10 64amd on my toshiba satellite. I hope it helps!
    Eduardo

  • March 30, 2009 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi, hope you can help me out.
    I’ve tried the commands, but not able to setup the wireless connection.

    Horatio

    • April 4, 2009 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Please post the requested results to the Paste bin then post the url here. I can not help without any information.

      [mad]Berry

  • Mike
    April 1, 2009 - 12:08 am | Permalink

    thanks, that worked nicely!

  • April 2, 2009 - 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Sir, just wanted to tell you that you are the man. I was about ready to give up, then I stumbled onto your site. Like many others, I had tried other fixes and I had to try your method with a fresh install (just as you said) in order to get it to work. But it does definitely work.

    I have a toshiba satellite L305

    This is my first time running anything non-windows…I’m a bit scared but oddly excited.

    Thanks again!

  • Shrot
    April 2, 2009 - 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much maan, This works really fine. Thanks a lot. I had been struggling with it for some time now. I have a Dell laptop and i called the guys to find out if they could help me. They gave a ridiculous answer that my model only supports Windows Vista. Any ways, would like to cut the story short and thank you once again for the good work.

    I would like to suggest if you can make this possible for other drivers as well, I can ask all my 345 friends using linux to get on your website for any driver installation.

    The same for some other utility softwares.

    Keep up the good work. Bye!

  • abow
    April 3, 2009 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks.. it’s Work Great
    I’am using Aspire One AOA150 n WICD network manager
    Intrepid ibex, first time its doesn’t works
    i disable bluetooth services still not working then i restart still not working
    then i try to switch the wifi button then Voila.. Its ROCK!! 😀 thanks dud..

  • April 4, 2009 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU.
    Dear god.

    I’ve been working at this one for hours now… The forums have led me through four different solutions: Yours is the only solution that has worked.

    Pardon the shouts that are about to follow for benefit of other poor fools like myself:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    TO USERS WHO SUCCESSFULLY INSTALLED ATH5X DRIVER
    *** BUT STILL DID NOT SEE ANY NETWORKS LISTED: ***

    Read post below regarding this issue.
    It cured the problem instantly.

    MAKE SURE you have already tried the following:

    1) Installed files successfully (Ath5x)
    2) Reboot (Yes, duh, but it seems to be #1 solution)
    3) Blacklist old drivers (see posts above)
    4) Reboot again
    5) Make sure ath5x has loaded automatically

    If it has loaded, and you still don’t have wireless networks, THEN:

    Originally Posted By [mad]Berry

    sudo update-rc.d -f linux-restricted-modules-common remove
    cd ~/Desktop/compat-wireless*
    sudo make unload
    sudo make load
    [mad]Berry

    THIS SHOULD SOLVE THE ISSUE.

    Thank you Sir MadBerry!
    You have been added to my shortlist of Linux/Ubuntu Solutions wiki.
    (If you have a minute and a dollar, donate it to this guy for saintly virtue.)

    Please feel free to comment back at me –
    fields (dot) emmett (at) gmail (dot) com

    ~peace~

  • dubesinhower
    April 6, 2009 - 7:10 am | Permalink

    i followed these directions, and my wireless worked on my compaq presario cq60 215dx. but yesterday, i installed vmware, and after a reboot, wireless did not show up in the network icon in the system tray. after that happened, i followed the directions again. wireless is back on the network manager, but it doesnt detect any wireless networks. HALP! lol.

  • wally
    April 7, 2009 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    dubesinhower,
    Just for kicks, try two things on that Compaq: go into the boot setup and tell it to turn the wireless on at boot (the light will still stay orange, regardless) and be sure the bluetooth service is turned off (admin… system monitor). I’ve got a CQ60 (210US) and did those 2 things and the latest Jaunty (beta) wireless works perfectly, no other mods required.

  • Horatio Karijoredjo
    April 7, 2009 - 5:35 pm | Permalink

    No Wifi access on Jaunty with my Compaq Presario CQ50-100ED

    I’ve done some commands and getting these outcomes from the Terminal. Hope this will helps out:

    http://pastebin.com/m39853074

  • Varun
    April 8, 2009 - 11:48 am | Permalink

    thanks so much!! it worked perfectly on my Acer Aspire One (8.9″)

  • hosoka
    April 10, 2009 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Hello Berry,

    After looking for info how to setup this wifi on my Ubuntu 8.10 I finally tried yours and it works finally.
    I was looking for the info for the Jaunty and it didn’t worked for me yet. Hopefully it will work out of the box. But now I’m happy to work with the 8.10 first.

    Many thanks and keep up the good work.

  • SoB
    April 15, 2009 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot. I spent hours trying to set wifi up on my laptop and you finally gave me the key. Notice that I was not able to use wlan0 interface using wicd. I had to reinstall default Gnome network manager applet to connect at last. Thanks again!

  • Dirk Hennrichs
    April 15, 2009 - 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks,

    worked fine for me, after update on ubuntu 8.10 to kernel 2.6.27-11 no wireless lan, but with your instructions took only a few minutes !!!!

    Thanks a lot, great job !!!

  • Dennis D
    April 19, 2009 - 4:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial, it fixed my wireless after the kernel update broke it! I’m using a Samsung NC-10 netbook and before this, I used madwifi to get my wireless running.

  • hosoka
    April 19, 2009 - 8:05 am | Permalink

    After the procedure for the 8.10 and it worked well, I’ve upgraded to 9.04 and still works fine.
    Also see another comment that works great==> might look into for those that are interested….

    There’s been a release just for the AR242x/5007 for a while now.
    fyi- Ticket 1192. http://madwifi-project.org/ticket/1192
    http://snapshots.madwifi-project.org/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6/

  • iconzero36
    April 19, 2009 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    the wifi works, but very slow!. I get full wifi bars but pages load very slow or not at all. Ive been to multiple sites for solutions. I am also new to linux.

    i am working with a asus eee pc 1000. i installed ubuntu 8.10. i have added the custom eee pc kernels as well.

    • April 25, 2009 - 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Please run:

      nslookup google.com

      Then post the results here.

      [mad]Berry

  • juan
    April 21, 2009 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    hey men por fin akbas de lograr que me funcione la wlan gracias muchas gracias

  • Rodolfo Ferreira
    April 21, 2009 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I did everything mentioned on this article…I’m running Ubuntu 9.04 RC Jaunty and the madwifi driver really sucks. I don’t know what else to do..Thing is, it doesn’t work at all.
    Here is the pastebin http://paste.ubuntu.com/155546/ for those who wants to know what I did.

    One more thing, the madwifi driver that was listed on Ubuntu’s hardware drivers is not listed anymore. I mean, after I followed the instructions of this article.

    Please somebody help!!!

    • April 25, 2009 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Please reverse all the commands executed to remove the driver. In Jaunty the AR242X should work out of the box.

      [mad]Berry

  • SumDumGuy
    April 21, 2009 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Followed the directions and it worked perfectly on my Acer Aspire 5520

    Thank you very much!!

  • April 22, 2009 - 9:33 pm | Permalink

    No good with an HP dv5. Pasted the dmesg. Willing to do anything to make this work.

    Thanks.

  • dBuster
    April 25, 2009 - 5:33 am | Permalink

    What a tutorial or informational page! WOW! Lots of reading there….

    First off this may be just my wanting and not needing or needing but wanting. However I have a Compaq CQ60-215 and I noticed the other posts. I was only able to get Jaunty 64bit to load back when it was in its Alpha state and have been running that since. I have no issues with the wifi and the atheros card connecting which is amazing reading all the other problems, but what I am looking for is a way to have the wifi button change the colors as it did when I would go into Vista. I have tried all the tricks I could find however they were all for the mad-wifi driver and I am using the ATH5k driver… So they did not work for me.

    I uploaded my dmesg if you could take a look and see if you could assist in getting the LED to work??? Much appreciated!

    Oh an I have bluetooth working as well as the wifi on each and every boot which seems to be an issue for some…

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/157920/

    • April 25, 2009 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

      I have heard of the LED problems. However I have never had any problems with LED’s not working. It sounds to me as a driver problem. I just installed Jaunty on a Compaq Presario V2000 laptop and the LED started working right out of the box. I don’t see any issue in the dmesg that could be causing this. Unless someone is willing to buy me a Compaq CQ60-215 so I can diagnose and fix this I can’t solve this problem. Sorry.

      [mad]Berry

      • dBuster
        April 25, 2009 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

        Do you think if I were to follow the instructions here to install the driver that it may just fix what is ailing me? I would hate to reinstall fresh with how much I have now loaded…

        Or would there be another way to refresh the driver and get it reloaded correctly… ??

        • April 25, 2009 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

          @dBuster,

          As I understand you don’t really have a problem apart from the LED not working…If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it. The LED problem will be solved over time by the madwifi team. Just sit back and wait…

          [mad]Berry

  • Alejandro
    April 25, 2009 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    HI, i can’t make it work on my laptop f755la

    $ uname -a
    Linux Rocko-laptop 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Tue Nov 4 19:33:20 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
    $ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 9.04 n l

    $ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    $ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    some help? I had upgraded from ubutu 8.10

    • April 25, 2009 - 3:55 pm | Permalink

      You will probably have to do a clean install in order for you to be able to use the new driver that comes with Jaunty. I can confirm that the driver works out of the box on a clean install of Jaunty Jackalope 9.04…

      [mad]Berry

      • hosoka
        April 27, 2009 - 3:34 am | Permalink

        @[mad]Berry,

        Hello Berry,

        I remember that after upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04 I did iwconfig command.
        But I can see that there are no signals found in this command and also can’t see any on the network listed.

        Not pretty sure if in Jaunty it works out of the box.

        Posted previously that from 8.10 upgrade to 9.04 beta it worked fine. But now with the final release no wireless still.

        Looking forward to your reply. Stil stuck now on the 8.10 now which I did a clean install and with your reference how to make wifi works, but no info in the iwconfig command (also no signals).

  • dBuster
    April 26, 2009 - 4:28 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry – Not sure why my first attempt to reply didn’t take… hmmf

    I do agree if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it. I can live with the color red/orange… Just would be nice for the wife to know if it is on or off…

    So the ath5k driver is a madwifi driver? Or are they writing it? If so I will wait and see if there is anything in the future to help trigger the LEDs…

    • April 26, 2009 - 9:08 pm | Permalink

      @dBuster,

      Your first comment ended up in the spam bin…lol

      [mad]Berry

      • dBuster
        April 27, 2009 - 7:21 am | Permalink

        @[mad]Berry,

        Okay wake up this morning and my wifi was dead… After opening a terminal window I realized I had ran something about restricted back port something or another, I am at work and can not remember now… Needless to say I tried following the steps here to get the wireless back working again and I was getting all kinds of errors so I went back to the instructions I initially had run…

        http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=816780

        That got my wifi back!!! But in doing so I realized it was the madwifi I am running not the ath5k or so I am being led to believe… So why in the world won’t my LED change for me… hmmf, I am done trying anything since it is working again.

  • hosoka
    April 26, 2009 - 11:23 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    Getting this output from upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04 but can’t see any signals. What went wrong ?

    hosoka@hosoka-laptop:~$ uname -a
    Linux hosoka-laptop 2.6.28-11-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 17 01:57:59 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    hosoka@hosoka-laptop:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 9.04 n l

    hosoka@hosoka-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 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=2352 B
    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

    hosoka@hosoka-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 No scan results

    hosoka@hosoka-laptop:~$

  • Alan
    April 26, 2009 - 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Hello, it did not work for me. Is there anything you can do to help? I just installed Ubuntu a week ago, my first Linux experience. Here are my results from the commands requested:

    alan@alan-laptop:~$ lspci | grep Atheros
    06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
    alan@alan-laptop:~$ uname -a
    Linux alan-laptop 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Wed Apr 1 20:57:48 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    alan@alan-laptop:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    alan@alan-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    alan@alan-laptop:~$ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    • April 26, 2009 - 9:07 pm | Permalink

      @Alan,

      Which driver did you use the one for 2.6.27-11?

      [mad]Berry

      • Alan
        April 26, 2009 - 9:27 pm | Permalink

        @[mad]Berry, I take that back, untar is working now that I deleted the other driver, and started from scratch. I’m running the make command now.

      • Alan
        April 26, 2009 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

        @[mad]Berry, Thank you very much Berry, worked like a charm.

  • Alan
    April 26, 2009 - 9:17 pm | Permalink
  • Johnny Hu
    April 27, 2009 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Dear MadBarry, thank you very much for you magistral work.

    My Atheros AR242x 802.11abg had worked on Intrepid just because you teach us how to do it.

    Now that I upgraded to the Jaunty Released, the Atheros that used to work, stopped.

    So far as I understood from the comments above, for those who have upgraded from Intrepid to Jaunty there is no other way than to make a clean install of Jaunty (and loose all the programs that used to work on Intrepid, re-installing them again after the Jaunty clean install).

    Is this assumption right ? (hope I was wrong).

    Thanks in advance!

  • Johnny Hu
    April 27, 2009 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh, sorry! Forgot to say: The madwifi driver is still installed and active on Jaunty in System>Admin>Hardware Drivers.

    • April 27, 2009 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

      @Johnny Hu,

      You would probably have to uninstall the old driver. Go to the folder where you downloaded the module to and run the following commands:

      sudo make unload
      sudo make uninstall

      [mad]Berry

      • hosoka
        April 30, 2009 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

        Forgot to mention:
        The madwifi driver is not installed and not active on Jaunty in System>Admin>Hardware Drivers

  • Maja Djordjevic
    May 1, 2009 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

    After a few days of google-ing, forum browsing, hair plucking, screaming, I almost gave up and made peace I’ll be using windows for surfing. But, your directions worked!!!! I also had to unload asus-laptop module, then flip the wireless switch, and then the led started working, and the scanning followed!!
    Hope this will work on reboot :)
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  • May 2, 2009 - 8:50 am | Permalink

    Worked like a charm on a Toshiba Satellite L350-188 laptop (bought in France) running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope.

    Output of `lspci | grep Ath`: “03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)”.

    Thanks a lot for this guide!

    Regards,
    – Roman

  • Ryan
    May 3, 2009 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I am getting this error when I attempt to to run make install:

    Disabling ath_pci …mv: cannot stat `/lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic//lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/volatile/ath_pci.ko’: No such file or directory

    Then that just repeats forever until I stop the process.

    Any ideas?

    • David Bentham
      May 10, 2009 - 3:08 am | Permalink

      Had the same problem, you need to edit the compat-wireless-2009-05-08/scripts/modlib.sh

      Change the following mv -f /lib/modules/$VER/$CHECK /lib/modules/$VER/${CHECK}${IGNORE_SUFFIX}

      to

      mv -f $CHECK ${CHECK}${IGNORE_SUFFIX}

      Hope this helps?

      @Ryan,

  • Micah Mathai
    May 4, 2009 - 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Your a Genius! Thank you soo much, ive been trying to get wireless on linux to work for so long. Im new to linux, i tried several diff distros … opensuse, mandriva, fedora, ubuntu, and linux mint.. and none of them would get my wireless working correctly,, thinking it was the Distros fault.

    i tried this information you supplied on the last installed Distro.. Linux Mint 6.
    It worked flawlessly!
    Thank you soo much!

  • ROGER
    May 6, 2009 - 7:11 am | Permalink

    It worked!!!! Thank you very much!

  • dBuster
    May 10, 2009 - 3:15 am | Permalink

    Check this out, the latest kernel update and my wifi LED sprung to life!?! I was shocked as I had the settings in the sysctl.conf for a while now. The only thing though it blinks on activity and I would rather have it lit up when connected not just blink on activity. Any ideas? I am using the :

    # Enable WiFi LED
    dev.wifi0.ledpin=3
    dev.wifi0.softled=1

    I believe it might have something to do with the softled but I am not sure what setting it should be as I tried one number either way and it does the same thing… Or is there another line I need? Would you have an idea?

  • Bagus Ashariyanto
    May 21, 2009 - 6:05 am | Permalink

    It’s work but when I restartnya I always do
    “sudo make load” when i need the wireless.
    What can i do to solve that?
    thanks

  • hallve
    May 25, 2009 - 3:50 am | Permalink

    hiii..
    i have a question
    how do i get my linux-restricted-module that was removed by your tutorial
    i earlier found that altought my atheros work , but i can’t use broadcom driver that use wl driver .since i use live usb persistence and had 2 laptop with diferent driver, i wanna make my live usb work with all laptop
    thanks

  • Mrawco
    May 25, 2009 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    Can you help me pls?
    I am from Slovakia, so my english is not so good.

    I have Ubuntu 9.04 and am a newbie in Linux…. my wireless Lan adpter isnt working. I tried your way of getting it started but it isnt still working.

    My wifi LED isnt still on and my Bluetooth LED IS STILL on.

    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/180547/

    thanks

  • Kevin Berridge
    May 26, 2009 - 3:44 am | Permalink

    I was all but ready to give up on Linux and go back to XP after only having my ASUS 1000HA for a week and going through dozens of flawed fixes for this problem so itame as somewhat of a shock to find a solution to the problem – thank you very much!

    Only issue I had was with the untar line, which kept coming up with a can’t find error but I ended up moving the folder from the desktop to the home directory and then pointing tar at it.

    Once again thanks very much.

  • traveldan30
    May 30, 2009 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your support, it took me quite a while to get this to work, even under Fedora 9, where the wireless was very unstable. I have recently installed ubuntu 8.10, and followed the instructions on this site. The only thing was that I had associate the driver to the access point using wpa_passphrase. this was the final step for me.

    now every time I reboot i have to run sudo modprobe ath5k, after a few seconds I am asked for a keyring password. Then it connects. This is fine. I will see if I can get this automated. The module is listed in the /etc/modules file.

    Thanks again for the help.

    traveldan30

    I have the Compaq Persario C700 and Ubuntu 8.10

  • peleng
    June 3, 2009 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    Have never had WiFi problem until this very morning. After waking up from suspend wireless failed to catch the network while the Atheros was up and running. To solve the problem I’ve tried nothing but cutting off power completely for a couple of hours and booting machine up then. Run U904 on Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo V6535 with all default settings as single boot OS via D-Link DSL 2640. Very strange.

  • joe kohler
    June 8, 2009 - 6:25 am | Permalink

    Linux ubuntu 2.6.28-11-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 17 01:57:59 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    Ubuntu 9.04 n l

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:”USR8054″
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=20 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    wlan0 Scan completed :
    Cell 01 – Address: 00:14:6C:1F:86:52
    ESSID:”NETGEAR”
    Mode:Master
    Channel:11
    Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
    Quality=93/100 Signal level:-43 dBm Noise level=-103 dBm
    Encryption key:on
    IE: Unknown: 00074E455447454152
    IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
    IE: Unknown: 03010B
    IE: Unknown: 2A0100
    IE: Unknown: 2F0100
    IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
    IE: Unknown: DD06001018020000
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
    24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
    12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
    Extra:tsf=00000028ff4b5188
    Extra: Last beacon: 5512ms ago
    Cell 02 – Address: 00:C0:49:E3:62:94
    ESSID:”USR8054″
    Mode:Master
    Channel:11
    Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
    Quality=10/100 Signal level:-96 dBm Noise level=-103 dBm
    Encryption key:off
    IE: Unknown: 000755535238303534
    IE: Unknown: 010582848B962C
    IE: Unknown: 03010B
    IE: Unknown: 2A0100
    IE: Unknown: 32080C1218243048606C
    IE: Unknown: DD0A0800280101000200FF0F
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 22 Mb/s
    6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s
    36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    Extra:tsf=0000005ffdf34121
    Extra: Last beacon: 32ms ago

  • Grant Hook
    June 12, 2009 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m getting very frustrated with this! Thought transition to Linux would be easy, but what do I know? :S
    Anyway, got a Compal JHL90 with Atheros AR242x. The wireless card appears to work in that Ubuntu recognises it, I have a wlan0 device listed, network manager shows all the wireless networks I can connect to, but when I select my home network, it spends a while attempting to connect and then stops, and says ‘Disconnected’ in the top right.
    Any help would be much appreciated

  • anaf
    June 22, 2009 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    hello, I’m french and I tried your solution decribe upper.
    iwconfig says : eth0 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=2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    wicd tells me there is no wireless available. I don’t understand what’s wrong with it ? Could you please give me some advice. Moreover there were no pb during the install of your procedure.
    Thx for your answer,
    Anaf

  • Cinabro
    July 6, 2009 - 1:39 am | Permalink

    Hello.
    Sorry but i’ve tried everything and i think at the moment i mess everything… try your instruction but no way…
    here the oputput:

    uname -a
    Linux dalek 2.6.28-13-generic #45-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jun 30 19:49:51 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:off/any
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Bit Rate:54 Mb/s
    Encryption key: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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 no scan result

    lspci
    08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 04)

    dmesg | grep wlan0
    [ 12.937699] wlan0: ethernet device 00:22:5f:41:8b:e7 using serialized NDIS driver: net5211, version: 0x50003, NDIS version: 0x501, vendor: ‘NDIS Network Adapter’, 168C:001C.5.conf
    [ 12.943177] wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP; TKIP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK; AES/CCMP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK
    [ 90.253453] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready

    Ubuntu Jackalope 9 on Amilo Pa 3515

    thank in advance….

  • tm
    July 11, 2009 - 7:37 am | Permalink

    HI great tutorial i am stuck @

    iwconfig:

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 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=2352 B
    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

    vboxnet0 no wireless extensions.

    My mobile device won’t recognize wifi.

    m using jaunty 64bit btw thanks in advance

  • tatersalid
    July 16, 2009 - 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Hey… sorry i cant tell you exactly wqhats going on… but i did everything as instructed… and according to waht you said was working mine is… however, i cant yet seem to get it to properly function… if you can let me know… about any way to get it going… id be more than appreciative

  • Michael Carpenter
    August 17, 2009 - 6:50 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t get this working.
    http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/254554/

    I’ll admit that I haven’t read through all the comments and I’ll try doing that next, but if you have any suggestions, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks.

  • Flavio
    August 24, 2009 - 6:27 am | Permalink

    Thanks, It worked just fine for me.
    My Atheros card , kernel version and distro are the following:
    01:07.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. Atheros AR5001X+ Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
    Linux MSI-preview 2.6.27-14-generic #1 SMP Tue Aug 18 17:21:41 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid

  • Aaron Moore
    August 24, 2009 - 6:59 am | Permalink

    Hello madberry,

    I get the same as this iwlist scanning below (pasted from above)…

    What’s going on with the IE: Unknown? If I turn on encryption I get 1 line in the middle of the IEs unknown, showing my encryption, but still no association with the AP

    I suspect wireless N compatibity with the Ath5k.. Do we know if the ath5k works with wireless N routers??? Wireless N is supposed to be backwards compatible….

    How many people on these forums have wireless N routers???

    Any advice welcomed

    many thanks

    Aaron

    http://paste.ubuntu.com/283418/

  • joemar
    September 9, 2009 - 2:06 am | Permalink

    Hello good day. Is there any possible solution that you can tell me to work with ubuntu jaunty im able to get it work but when my computer shutsdown it return to the same problem ang i have to follow the same command above. Thanks in advance

  • Alivallo
    September 10, 2009 - 11:46 am | Permalink

    http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6

    this method worked for me…..I tried all the above methods also without luck.

    short story: my ATI radeon Xpress will not use openGL in ubuntu 9.04
    solution: went back to 8.10…and used the ‘unsupported’ proprietary FGLRX driver

    NEW Problem!!:
    8.10 will not work with my atheros wireless card.
    solution:
    tried everything from. NDIS wrapper, MadWifi, proprietary drivers. arrrrhhhhhhggghhh.
    short of getting a USB wireless card and using that instead of by built-in card.

    Real Solution:
    follow the steps above in this article!

    Thank you SOOOOOO much MadBerry!!!!!
    Been learning with many different linux distros since ubuntu 7.10 caught my with Beryl, emerald and compiz. and due to the frustration and many lonely weekends wasted of so many incompatibilities over the years I was ready to give it up and stay with XPsp3 or Windows 7. But you save the day.

  • Ivica
    September 28, 2009 - 10:38 am | Permalink

    uname -a:
    Linux ivica-laptop 2.6.27-14-generic #1 SMP Mon Aug 31 13:01:41 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

    cat /etc/issue:
    Ubuntu 8.10 n l

    iwconfig:
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    iwlist wlan0 scanning:
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

  • victor
    October 22, 2009 - 4:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you soooo much!

    It was easy to follow and efficient.
    It worked fine on my FS V6505 with Ubuntu 9.04.

    God bless you!

  • Rebroad
    October 26, 2009 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks! This worked!

    Well, I had to deviate slightly. For example, I had two tar files, and when untarred they gave two different directories. As the cd command can take only one argument, your cd compat-wireless-* command fails. I ended up deleting the older version, and just using the newer one, and it seemed to work.

    ath5k needs adding to /etc/modules BEFORE the reboot you mention, also.

  • NeptuneUK
    November 2, 2009 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    [mad]Berry you are the man!!!!!

    Had tried everything else without luch, was about to give up and then found your info.

    Followed the tutorial and hey presto! working wireless……..

    Thanks very much.

  • Likun
    November 29, 2009 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

    The method is not totally work for compat-wireless-2.6.32-rc7.tar.bz2 and kernel 2.6.27-11-generic. It seem this is there are some misconfig in compat-wireless-2.6.32-rc7.tar.bz2.

    You can get though by this way (at least this works for my ThinkPad T400 with ubuntu 8.10). After make install and make unload, before make load, here is what you have to do:

    cd /lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/updates
    sudo mv net/mac80211/mac80211.ko net/mac80211/mac80211-bak.ko
    sudo cp lbm_cw-cfg80211.ko net/mac80211/mac80211.ko
    sudo mv net/wireless/cfg80211.ko net/wireless/cfg80211-bak.ko
    sudo cp lbm_cw-mac80211.ko net/wireless/cfg80211.ko

    For those cases that not works, Hope this will help.

  • Pengio
    February 9, 2010 - 4:53 am | Permalink

    Words cannot express my gratitude… This worked beautifully the first time through. Thank you very much!

  • Melvin
    June 9, 2010 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

    This worked nicely! thanks man!

  • Florin
    July 21, 2010 - 7:43 am | Permalink

    I have a Toshiba NB205 netbook, dual boot with Windows 7 and Linux Mint 9. Everything OK in Win7, but I cannot enable wireless on Mint 9. I tried to load Windows driver, with inf file, it found the hardware, LED is on, but in Network Manager I don’t have wireless option. I removed Windows driver, LED still ON.
    In Hardware Drivers utility is nothing, “No proprietary drivers are in use”
    I followed your instructions, it didn’t work. I am new to Linux, don’t know what the steps were supposed to do, but I followed the one by one. The file I used is
    compat-wireless-2010-07-20.tar.bz2
    Here is the info from terminal from running the command you specified:

    mint@mini ~ $ uname -a
    Linux mini 2.6.32-21-generic #32-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 16 08:10:02 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
    mint@mini ~ $ cat /etc/issue
    Linux Mint 9 Isadora n lmint@mini ~ $ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    mint@mini ~ $ iwlist wlan0 scanning
    wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

    I also run the command to load on boot
    mint@mini ~ $ echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
    [sudo] password for mint:
    ath5k

    Thank you.

    • July 21, 2010 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

      What is the wireless card in your netbook? Please run:
      lspci | grep Ethernet

      [mad]Berry

  • Florin
    July 23, 2010 - 12:04 pm | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry, Sorry for late reply, I selected to get a message when there is a reply and I didn’t get it. Here is the output
    mint@mini ~ $ lspci | grep Ethernet
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)

  • Florin
    July 29, 2010 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    @Florin, I don’t know what command to issue to display the wireless card info, but from booting up in Win 7 I know it has an Atheros AR9285 card. Does this thread apply to my card? Any patch for this one? Thank you.

  • Florin
    July 29, 2010 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    @[mad]Berry, I replied to the wrong user.
    I don’t know what command to issue to display the wireless card info, but from booting up in Win 7 I know it has an Atheros AR9285 card. Does this thread apply to my card? Any patch for this one? Thank you.

    • August 27, 2010 - 12:58 am | Permalink

      That would be the command lspci | grep Atheros. Or if that doesn’t yield results try: lspci | grep Ethernet. If it is a USB card change lspci to lsusb and run the above mentioned commands.

  • Florin
    September 13, 2010 - 7:37 am | Permalink

    I finally solved the network on my Toshiba NB250 netbook. I reinstalled Linux Mint 9, this time I used LXDE. It worked right of of the box, no adjustments needed. The one that didn’t work was Gnome 32 bit build.
    Thank you for yor help, now I am less afraid of Linux.

  • krie
    September 16, 2010 - 3:57 am | Permalink

    My Atheros AR242x 802.11abg work well in karmic…
    after fresh install Lucid,wireless completely gone

    lspci shown nothing bout atheros…

    lspci | grep Atheros == nothing..

    laptop model presario F762au…

    any advice??? thanks!

    • September 18, 2010 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Did you look at the restricted drivers in the settings menu to make sure the restricted drivers are in use?

  • Brad
    January 26, 2011 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    This worked perfectly with Ubuntu 10.10 on my HP dv7 1264nr. Thanks!

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