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Jan 302009
 

Until today’s kernel update to 2.6.28.6, the Atheros wifi card was not functioning correctly. Since the update to new kernel, the wifi card can now be used with the ath5k module which can be found in linux-backports-modules.

In order to get the Atheros 5007EG card to work, you first need to disable the built-in hardware driver.

System >> Administration  >> Hardware Drivers > Deactivate “Support for Atheros 802.11 cards”

Selection of Hardware Drivers in Januty

Selection of Hardware Drivers in Januty

Disable the Support for Atheros 802.11 cards

Disable the Support for Atheros 802.11 cards

After the card has been deactivated, open the terminal and install the backports modules for Jaunty.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty

Install Jaunty backports modules

Install Jaunty backports modules

This adds the ath5k module which supports the Atheros 5007EG card.

The computer needs to be Shutdown and powered back on. Somehow Restarting doesn’t work at times. The card has to be completely powered down for a few seconds and then started during power up.

You should be able to see the available wireless network list by clicking on the network manager icon. Thereon, you all know what to do 🙂

  3 Responses to “Atheros 5007EG now works in Jaunty Jackalope”

  1. Last time I checked if you enable the Backports, it will break your wired ethernet adapter as it did mine. What is the chip set of your wired ethernet adapter?

  2. Mine is a Realtek:

    rick@tungsten:~$ lspci | grep Ether
    0e:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 01)
    14:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

  3. Hi, this ‘solution’ doesn’t work for me.
    I’ve got a dv6815nr with the Atheros AR242x and I’ve already tried every solution I read. I made it work a couple of times, but when restarted the machine the wifi stopped working, maybe by an update or something…
    Actually I have a corrupt upgrade session (‘partial upgrade’ message appears), I’ll see if fixing this enable me to activate the f***ing wifi (I’m very frustrated, you can tell).
    If you know how to solve it, or have another solution that can feets my machine I’ll apretiate it.
    Greetings

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