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Old 05-16-2006, 12:37 AM   #1
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atheros AR5BMB5 wifi


I have built in wifi in a new Toshiba Satellite A105 laptop that is using the atheros AR5BMB5 chipset. Madwifi says that it no longer supports this chipset due to a defect. If anyone had this same thing working, or can point me to a driver download for ndiswrapper, or has some code that could be useful, I would be very appreciative.

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Old 05-16-2006, 04:52 PM   #2
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You can use the Windows driver that comes with your laptop, of course using ndiswrapper.

Good luck
 
Old 05-16-2006, 07:11 PM   #3
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I actually got it working just a few mintes ago with madwifi and this http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/Distro/Slackware. It is working great except that I can't get an ip issued by dhcp (which I am about to research). I can assign one manually though, and this is working for me now.

Thanks for your help though.

btw:
I did consider using ndiswrapper, although the driver that is supplied by Toshiba is in a windows exe installer (not a cabinet .exe), so I was not able to extract the drivers from that. I tried calling there customer support, and the first guy I talked to said that they do not offer support for linux, and that I should reload windows with the cd I have. So I called again and tried saying that I lost the cd and there was no download on their website (which there wasn't) and eventually got all the way up to a Level 1 tech support that said he he could send me another cd (which I already have) for $35 or I could try searching online for the driver (which I already did). Can you believe that?
 
Old 05-17-2006, 05:52 PM   #4
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The best option is then to execute the exe file in windows machine.Then goto c:\windows\system32\drivers and look for the .inf file, copy to a usb device and once under linux install it using ndiswrapper. If you cannot do this due you have not a windows machine, I can do it for you. In that case, send me the file to dutts@vodafone.es

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