well first, im not a complete noob with linux, just really close to one. lol. And any time i try to get wireless up, regardless of the hardware, i just cant seem to get it right.
Recently I bought a new laptop cuz im going to be starting school this summer term. obviously the first thing i wanted to do with it was throw linux on. So I did. The laptop is an HP G71. And im running Xubuntu 9.10 amd64. Everything works except for my sound and my wireless. the sound is another issue. i get to it eventually or ill ask for help on here again. lol. My problem is the wireless. i have no clue what to do right now.
my lspci output shows the device.
02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
iwconfig shows a wlan.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr
ff Fragment thr
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 the xubuntu network manager is saying that wireless is disabled. If you need more info just ask. any help would be greatly appreciated.