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Old 06-04-2009, 04:47 AM   #1
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Atheros with Ndiswrapper or with Madwifi?

When I left-click my network manager, I get Wired Network disabled (I suppose this is normal during wifi sessions, like this one), Wireless Network disabled and with no device, and no entries for 'Connect to other wireless network' or 'Create new wireless network'. The entry for VPN connections is OK.
I've got an Atheros wifi card which seems to work fine with ndiswrapper (maybe this is the reason), and Jaunty.
And when I right-click network manager, information connection, I get the error "no valid connection available".
lshw -c network gives:
description: Wireless interface
product: AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
logical name: wlan0
version: 01
serial: 00:1f:3a:35:a1:75
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ndiswrapper+net5211 driverversion=1.53+,07/26/2007, ip= latency=0 module=ndiswrapper multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@0000:02:01.0
logical name: eth0
version: 10
serial: 00:1b:38:f8:a6:74
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 latency=64 maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 module=8139too multicast=yes
*-network DISABLED
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 1
logical name: pan0
serial: 12:f8:65:7c:c6:1a
capabilities: ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A multicast=yes
lspci -nn | grep Atheros gives
01:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter [168c:001c] (rev 01)
I tried Madwifi. I did what is told in (Windows tells me that my Atheros Card is a an AR5007 one; I have a dual booting system). Everything went fine, with no errors, but the situation is the same.
Did I miss anything when I tried Madwifi? I installed Madwifi following the instructions, I switched Ndiswrapper off, I rebooted, and my network didnīt work at all (System, Administration, Hardware Controllers doesnīt seem to work well; when I try to activate the grey button next to Mmadwifi and make it turn green nothing happens). Then I reswitched Ndiswrapper on, I rebooted, and my networked worked again, but Network Manager didnīt.
I insist: my wifi works but my Network Manager doesnīt.
Why does Windows says that my Card is an AR5007 one and Linux that it's an AR242X one? Is it the same?
Should I include lshw -c network and lspci -nn | grep Atheros working under Madwifi?


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