SOLVED to restore Atheros AR9285 after failed win7 DRV updt

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SOLVED to restore Atheros AR9285 after failed win7 DRV updt

Postby sunsatori on Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:07 pm

Hi, newbie here, broke my working AR9285 Wifi after trying to update to a new Win7 driver to improve signal.

I am searching for the commands to restore the LM15 drivers extensions so my HP Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook will play nice again with Mint. I think I nuked the Ath9k(?) by accident trying to install Win drivers. Everything was working fine before I did that.

After searching a few topics in the Forum, I thought I should include the following:



gimpy@Salterine ~ $ rfkill list
0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

gimpy@Salterine ~ $ iwconfig
eth0 no wireless extensions.

lo no wireless extensions.

gimpy@Salterine ~ $ inxi -Fx
System: Host: Salterine Kernel: 3.8.0-19-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.7.3) Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 15 Olivia
Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard product: Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook PC version: 0487130002200D10000620000
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 3612 version: 09.67 Bios: Hewlett-Packard version: F.63 date: 03/08/2010
CPU: Single core Intel Celeron CPU 900 (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 4389.51 clocked at 2194.755 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
X.Org: 1.13.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1366x768@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 9.1.4 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card: Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.8.0-19-generic
Network: Card-1: Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: N/A state: N/A mac: N/A
Card-2: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 3000 bus-ID: 01:00.0
IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:26:2d:be:72:3d
Drives: HDD Total Size: 252.1GB (3.0% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST9250410AS size: 250.1GB
2: USB id: /dev/sdb model: DataTraveler_2.0 size: 2.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 90G used: 5.5G (7%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.07GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info: Processes: 144 Uptime: 6 min Memory: 294.0/1934.4MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.7.3 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4

gimpy@Salterine ~ $ sudo lshw -C network
[sudo] password for gimpy:
*-network DISABLED
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 02
serial: 00:26:2d:be:72:3d
size: 10Mbit/s
capacity: 100Mbit/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
resources: irq:42 ioport:3000(size=256) memory:90410000-90410fff memory:90400000-9040ffff memory:90420000-9043ffff
*-network UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
version: 01
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
configuration: latency=0
resources: memory:92600000-9260ffff
gimpy@Salterine ~ $


From A LIVE DVD session, my HD partition info:

mint@mint ~ $ sudo blkid
/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda1: LABEL="SYSTEM" UUID="E0325CEF325CCBE2" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda2: UUID="CECC1158CC113BE1" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda3: LABEL="RECOVERY" UUID="66A88F3BA88F08AF" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda5: UUID="a914faca-664f-4897-b014-f48433547ac8" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sr0: LABEL="Linux Mint 15 MATE 64-bit" TYPE="iso9660"
mint@mint ~ $
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SOLVED: How to restore Atheros AR9285 after failed win7 DRV

Postby sunsatori on Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:32 pm

Me again,

I found a way around it.
I reinstalled from the Live DVD using the same partitions and swap, and it rebuilt all the wireless and hardware configs.
It works again.

Even my superuser configs were not overwritten.

This was an experiment on my part. Just reporting what happened.

A couple of my installed applications got flaky, so I am removing and reinstalling. That seems the worst of it.
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Re: SOLVED to restore Atheros AR9285 after failed win7 DRV u

Postby sunsatori on Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:34 pm

POST MORTEM

A real tech (smarter than me) suggested this line of code.

ls -l /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/ath9k.ko

Since I am up and running already, I leave it to others when/if they want to try it in the future.

Good luck to all
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