Did a fresh install + updates of Kubuntu 8.10 on a customer’s laptop and had no wireless even though it’s an Atheros chipset.
I recently tried this method on a similar Acer laptop with Ubuntu 8.10 AMD64 with no results. After searching, I used another guide that makes compiling madwifi from source simple. If my method doesn’t work for you, remove the backports modules:
[sourcecode language=’bash’]sudo apt-get remove linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic
then reboot, and try out the below guide. Thank you Hyperandy.
- Laptop: Acer Aspire 4520
- Wireless Card: Atheros AR242x Communications Inc. 802.11abg
[sourcecode language=’bash’]lspci | grep “Atheros”
07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
[sourcecode language=’bash’]sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic
After above install completes, reboot, then open up the Hardware Drivers manager (jockey-gtk or jockey-kde) and disable “Support for Atheros 802.11 wireless LAN cards” and make sure that “Support for 5xxx series of Atheros 802.11 wireless LAN cards” is enabled then reboot. You may need to reboot to see both drivers in the Hardware Drivers manager.
This is at least a temporary fix, you’ll end up with the ath5k drivers- hopefully a stable universal method for Atheros card support will become available soon.
8.10 Release Notes | Ubuntu