Okay, so running the newest release of Mint on my laptop, Lenovo t500. The wireless card in it is an Atheros AR242x. It basically wasn't recognized correctly on install, so going through wired NIC, I ran through this http://madberry.org/2008/08/how-to-get-atheros-ar242x-wireless-to-work-2/ and got the wireless "working."
For those who don't want to go through the whole link, basically did the following:
wget -c http://snapshots.madwifi-project.org/ma ... ent.tar.gz
tar xvf madwifi*.tar.gz
sudo apt-get update && sudo aptitude install build-essential
sudo make install
sudo modprobe ath_pci
sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta
Afterwards, I had to also blacklist ath_hal (on /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist).
Reboot and it worked, mostly. It takes FOREVER to connect. The howto above also noted that updates to the kernel will break it again and I will have to perform the same steps over, at least from the update and build-essential. Just testing, I reboot my machine to make sure it would continue to work. No good.
Basically every time I boot, I have to run make clean, make, sudo make install, and then the two modprobe commands. Then half the time it works (no reboot) and half the time it doesn't and I have to reboot and try again.
On a slight side note, I also wasn't running DHCP on my wireless router, so I had to assign a static to the Atheros. Yea, that didn't work. It would never connect no matter what I did. I eventually had to turn DHCP back on, which I would rather have off, given the option. Like I said, though, this is more of a side note than the main point of the post.
Anyone have any ideas?