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I am not a expert about UBUNTU, but I can tell you some steps to startup your card:
1.- go to menu, SYSTEM-> ADMINISTRATION -> DRIVERS HARDWARE or something like this.
Check if there is some driver for your card, disable it and restart.
2.- SYSTEM -> ADMINISTRATION -> SYNAPTIC or something like this and install this packet: linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic.
After restart, check if wireless card is OK.
Ok thanks for all the help but how do I find my network like in windows where it shows you all the networks in range the help on ubuntu says to go to system administration network but i don't have that the only thing i have there is network tools.
I just recently purchased a new laptop for school. Nothing wrong with the old one other than it was just alittle slow.
here is the lspci for network
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
the only way I can get my network to work is by plugging in a Belkin USB wireless G nic before I boot then my internal atheros card begins to work. I can remove the Belkin device after boot up and the atheros continues to work. Now if i plug in the Belkin device after boot up nothing happens and no joy for me.
Im at a total loss for what to do other than continue how Im going.
Now tot he madwifi part. I have tried madwifi without any success. I bought this computer for its compatibility with linux or so I thought.
I have heard about the ndiswrapper solution but would prefer to use native drivers.
How is the compatibility with ndiswrapper and is that my only route to go for complete functionality?
Please suggest a better way to get my atheros 5k device working properly.