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Old 03-29-2011, 01:33 PM   #1
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Linux Mint 10 Wireless Adapter Setup

Hi guys,

I'm trying to help my friend set up their wireless adapter on Linux Mint 10, but it's not showing up under "additional drivers".

The results of lspci | grep "Network":
06:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
Results of lshw show a disabled network though
  description: PCI bridge
  product: MCP79 PCI Express Bridge
  vendor: nVidia Corporation
  physical id: 17
  bus info: pci@0000:00:17.0
  version: b1
  width: 32 bits
  clock: 33MHz
  capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master cap_list
  configuration: driver=pcieport
  resources: irq:41 memory:feb00000-febfffff
  *-network DISABLED
    description: Wireless interface
    product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:06:00.0
    logical name: wlan0
    version: 01
    serial: 00:25:d3:88:3e:32
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion:2.6.35-22-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
    resources: irq:19 memory:febf0000-febfffff
And, the results for iwconfig:
lo         no wireless extensions

eth0       no wireless extensions

wlan0      IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:off/any
           Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=off
           Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off  Fragment thr:off
           Power Management:on

If there's anything else you guys need to know I'll get back to you on it!

Old 03-29-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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Install the package linux-backports-modules-wireless-maverick-generic.
Old 03-30-2011, 09:59 AM   #3
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I actually feel really stupid... the internet didn't work because the wireless adapter button was off! I should remember next time to check the basics before fiddling with anything else!


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