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Old 11-03-2008, 12:14 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by dordor09 View Post
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
This is your wireless card. If you do a search for "Linux" plus this card,you will find, I believe, that you need the madwifi package. I'd think this would come with Ubuntu by default, but maybe not.

If you know how to check for status of a package, see if it is installed. If not, you can download and install using aptitude or apt-get. Google is your friend.

Check the madwifi website for details on how to install.
Old 11-03-2008, 12:20 PM   #17
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From your post at #10:
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
So your wireless is an Atheros AR242x
You will need to use ndiswrapper and the 32-bit windows driver
See here:
or do a search of LQ
Old 11-03-2008, 12:40 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by webquinty View Post
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.
Restart PC.

After restart, check if wireless card is OK.

Best regards
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.
Old 11-04-2008, 11:22 AM   #19
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Not sure, but maybe this one ...
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
Try to type "lspci | grep Wireless" or "lspci | grep wlan"
also "dmesg | grep Wireless" ...

If you wlan card is an Atheros, you should try mad-wifi ... had a better compatibility with Atheros cards than Ndiswrapper.
Old 11-04-2008, 11:59 AM   #20
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Hello dordor09,

I said you yestarday that you need to load driver for your card.
As say Kaamos, you can try with mad-wifi, I think is the best option.

Best regards.
Old 11-04-2008, 01:10 PM   #21
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go here, go to last post
Old 11-04-2008, 01:19 PM   #22
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iwlist wlan0 scan
Will Scan for available WAP's
Old 02-03-2009, 10:27 AM   #23
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Ath242x and madwifi

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
lspci output:
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

lshw output:
description: Wireless Interface
product: AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
logical name: wmaster1
version: 01
serial: 00:23:4d:2b:64:ad
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath5k ip= latency=0 module=ath5k multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg

ifconfig output:
wlan3 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:23:4d:2b:64:ad
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::223:4dff:fe2b:64ad/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:3855 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3743 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:3871632 (3.8 MB) TX bytes:680583 (680.5 KB)

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.

Many thanks to the gurus here.
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your laptop has the atheros AR242x chipset...heres something to help

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