Atheros wifi fix (AR2413 - AR5005G & maybe others) (SOLVED)

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Atheros wifi fix (AR2413 - AR5005G & maybe others) (SOLVED)

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This took DAYS....so i thought i'd leave this for the next chap (or lady) going down this road...my setup is listed but hopefully it will work for other hardware and versions of Mint/Ubuntu/Who Knows What....

Installing Mint 9 (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) on a friend's Acer Aspire 3640 with the dreaded Atheros wifi (AR2413 802.11bg in this case), the native ath5k driver worked -- only a little. I could use it at home; i could use it at work for exactly ONE day including several restarts, then it would show a connection but i couldn't load any web pages. I installed madwifi according to the directions here (reprinted below), installed WiCD, and finally searched Synaptic for "Atheros" and downloaded everything i didn't already have -- in my case, two packages: hostapd (which i think was the one i needed) and collectd-core. You might need to download more packages that are found by searching for "Atheros," idk...

After doing all this -- finally reached success, i can connect at work, at another network that failed before, and also at a local hotspot -- this includes open, WEP-encrypted, and WPA 1/2-encrypted networks.

Hope this helps somebody else!
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Here are drpjkurian's instructions from the above link, in case it disappears...(many thanks, drpjkurian!!)
Hi guys in this thread you will find the instructions to install Madwifi drivers for Atheros wireless cards. Please follow the instructions to the word.
Open the 'terminal' by navigating through Applications-->Accessories--> Terminal
Now type the following commands in terminal
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sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
From there make sure you uncomment anything that starts with "deb" in there. So changer it from "#deb" to "deb" Something along thoes lines. To exit and save hit "CTRL+X" the answer "YES" to do you want to save, then finally hit "ENTER"
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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
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sudo apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev
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sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
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sudo apt-get install subversion
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sudo -i
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sudo svn checkout http://svn.madwifi-project.org/madwifi/trunk/ madwifi-ng
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cd madwifi-ng
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echo "" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
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echo "#Remove To Install MadWIFI Drivers" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
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echo "blacklist ath9k" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
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echo "blacklist ath5k" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
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make && make install
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echo ath_pci >> /etc/modules
Restart your machine. It should work

To install Wicd type the following commands in terminal [or you can use Synaptic]
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sudo apt-get update
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sudo apt-get install wicd
Kernal updates of your system will kill your driver. Well no need to worry about that.Just recompile your driver.
For that you open a terminal and type the command
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sudo -i
and just repeat the steps from No 8. Your madwifi will cone back to life again.

Best of Luck
Dr Kurian
Last edited by drpjkurian; December 6th, 2009 at 04:22 AM..
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P.S. - don't forget to check for any other packages related to "Atheros!"

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Re: Atheros wifi fix (AR2413 - AR5005G & maybe others) (SOLV

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Please post tutorials in the section of that name
[Edit] your original post and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.

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Re: Atheros wifi fix (AR2413 - AR5005G & maybe others) (SOLV

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Mea culpa! So done...i would delete it from this forum if i could figure out how.

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