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Old 09-12-2012, 08:02 AM   #16
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I'm unsure as to why you've started a new thread as the problem was explained to you in the other thread...

The device uses the ath9k module, the ath9k in the 2.6.37 kernel is too old and does not support AR9485. You need at least a 3.2 kernel. Grab the source, build a 3.2 kernel, install -current or use a distro which supports your wireless chipset out of the box.
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Does the ath9k now in -current work properly? I tried the one in earlier iterations of kernel 3.2, some months ago and it would disconnect regularly every 25-30 seconds or so. Which oddly enough is better than than the buggy module seems to do with 3.x kernels other than 3.2.

Since ath9k was rock stable on 2.6.37, the OP might want to try compiling a custom 2.6.39 series kernel first, which was the only 2.6 series to incorporate support for the AR9485 chipset.
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Hi, I'm new to this forum and am trying to solve some problems with my wireless conection, i have Slackware 13.37, on an Acer Aspire 5349 laptop, i have some problems with my wifi card which an Atheros AR9485.

I've found some answers to my questions in this forum, thanks to the people who answered them, as i was reading and looking for information using google i found some tutorials and advices.

I found a page where someone said the only thing he had to do to have wifi working was to enable the 'wlan0' network interface and configure wicd to use it, but for some reason i don't know i get and error message.

But when i type:

/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 wlan0_start

But it doesn't seem to work even though i don't get any error message.

This is the thread where i first posted my problems:
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:51 AM   #19
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sorry for that one, in the ither thread i was trying to look for a solution for making my 'ath9k' modules load because it was not being loaded...and guess what? now it loads at system start-up it even shows the frequency of my anthena which is good but then:

lp: module loaded but device not found

I know trying to help others solve their problems can be frustraring and even anoying but imagine how frustrating this is getting for me, am almost giving up to this... i've made many things trying to solve this, i think it's time to stop.

thanks for taking time to read my post
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We still don't know what kernel you're running. We do know that 2.6.37 did not include support for your wireless chipset. ath9k support specifically for AR9485 was added beginning with 2.6.39.

So if you're running the default kernel 2.6.37 from your 13.37 install, there are at least a couple of approaches to take. You can go to, download source for one of the 2.6.39 series kernels, use an appropriate kernel .config file from Slackware 13.37 (for example the one for huge.smp ) and compile and install a kernel which is as close as possible to the one that you currently run that supports your chipset.

Or you can download and install (not upgrade) the Slackware-current packages for kernel 3.2.28 and kernel-modules. The only potential downside for this is the ath9k driver seems to operate very erratically in a lot of 3.x.x kernels. For me and my particular chipset, the ath9k in 3.2.27 would drop connections every 30 seconds or so, and I reverted to the more stable version in 2.6.37.

But if you're already running a kernel and ath9k version known to support your AR9485 chipset, you still haven't answered Alien Bob's question, which was: from a root console, what output does the command iwconfig give you? Does it recognize wireless extensions on any device node? The ath9k driver does not need to have put your card on wlan0; it could just as easily have put it on eth1 or elsewhere. If ath9k put the card on a different node than wlan0, that's the node you work with in your configuration, not wlan0.


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