I'm absolutely certain this question has been answered before, so I apologize upfront for the re-post. It's been well over an hour of looking and I'm just fed-up with it.
Thanks for your time.
Problem: I have no wlan0 card module registered with iwconfig.
I have a fairly-new low-end Toshiba Satellite notebook. K Info Center reveals the following two ethernet controllers:
Atheros Communications, Inc.: Unknown Device 001c (rev 01)
Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
I'm guessing that the wireless one is the Atheros, due to the information I've gathered on their website and Realtek's (The Realtek documentation for this model # lists eth0 rather than wlan0 as the module name, leading me to this conclusion)
Failed (or incomplete) solutions:
I've downloaded madwifi but (being a nub) I don't know how to actually launch it after extracting it. I tried sh on everything I could get my paws on and I tried make, which doesn't exist in kubuntu as far as I can tell, and won't install via Adept because it'll break another package... or something.
This is the main tutorial I've been following, I moved on from this to madwifi after a solid hour of struggle:
I know how nubbly this question must be, but if you know the answer, please let me know.