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Atheros AR928X on Ubuntu Linux

My friend Brandon mentioned the other day about Ubuntu that he installed on a friend’s laptop. It had an Atheros wireless card and wouldn’t see any networks. More specifically, lspci output this:

Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

So after some troubleshooting and Googling, here’s the solution he found to work:

  • If your card is not broadcasting you can use MadWifi Tools to have the network adapter enable broadcasting.
  • Download from http://packages.ubuntu.com/source/jaunty/madwifi-tools .
  • I suggest using madwifi-tools_0.9.4+r3685.20080531+dfsg.orig.tar.gz.
  • Run the scripts in your terminal.
  • Check your wifi.

Note that he says it works, and I haven’t done it myself to be more specific, so if you have any information to contribute, please do so in the comments below. Thank you!

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