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If you´re looking for a Linux driver for your Atheros WLAN device, you should continue here .

This card, using the AR2413 chipset, is working as of 2008-12-30 using madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6 on an Acer Aspire 5040 running Linux Mint 6

To get it working, I did this:

  • If you are using Ubuntu or an Ubuntu-based distro such as Linux Mint:
    • sudo nano /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common
    • add ath_hal between the quotes, save and exit (ctrl-o, ctrl-x)
  • If acer-wmi is not installed, install it, then set your wireless switch on with the following command:
    • sudo echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/acer-wmi/wireless
  • Check if you already have madwifi installed
    • Run the following two commands for all athX and wifiX interfaces you see when you run ifconfig
    • ifconfig athX down
    • ifconfig wifiX down
  • Next, grab the 0.10 sources and install everything you will need to compile them
  • Now you need to unload any previous versions of madwifi (0.9.4 is installed standard in many distros)
    • cd ./madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6/scripts
    • sudo ./madwifi-unload
    • sudo ./find-madwifi-modules.sh $(uname -r)
  • And now you just need to compile and install it
    • cd ..
    • make
    • sudo make install
    • sudo modprobe ath_hal
    • sudo modprobe ath_pci
    • sudo modprobe wlan
  • You should now be able to scan for networks and connect!