January 17, 2008 · Networking · Email This Post

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For those, who have an Atheros 5007EG chipset and can't get it working with ndiswrapper, I have this guide from polish ubuntuforum. This is the only solution that worked on my computer (Toshiba SAT-A210-128), and my brothers computer.

This guide only works on i386 platforms, so if you're running an x64 linux, then you've to try again with ndiswrapper or wait for a new solution from atheros and madwifi.

1. Open you terminal

2. Get this version of madwifi:

wget -c http://snapshots.madwifi.org/special/madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007.tar.gz

3. Untar the downloaded package:

tar xvf madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007.tar.gz

4. Get inside the unpacked directory:

cd madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007

5. If you haven't compiled anything from source before on your linux then you propably need the build essential package:

sudo apt-get update && sudo aptitude install build-essential

6. Now you can build your madwifi and install the modules:
make

sudo make install
sudo modprobe ath_pci
sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta

The last 2 commands can cause some complications on some systems. If they do check your System >> Administration >> Restricted Drivers Manager and disable atheros here. Then try again.

7. Now restart your computer and you should be able to see any aviable networks in your Network Manager.

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94 Comments to “Atheros 5007EG with madwifi on i386 platform”

  1. Chuqui says:

    By the way, my wireless card is Atheros AR5006X, in an Acer Aspire 4720 notebook, but I believe it should work as well.

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  2. Gonzalo says:

    You are my hero!!!

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  3. Chuqui says:

    Hi, my first response to this post somehow disappeared. I was saying that I followed the tut step by step, as described, but it didn’t work.

    After step 5, it asked me to put the Ubuntu CD, which I did. Then it returned an error after step 6, in “sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta”.

    It isn’t working and I would really appreciate further help. I have Wicd installed and it does not detect any wireless net. My card is Atheros AR5006X, but I think it should work with this tutorial as well.

    Please help. Thanks in advance.

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  4. Charly says:

    hi, your post is very good. But I have problems with the last command:

    $ sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta

    FATAL: Error inserting wlan_scan_sta (lib/modules/2.6.22-14generic/net/wlan_scan_sta.ko) : Unknow symbol in module, or unknow parameter (see dmesg)

    I hope you can help me.

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  5. Yann says:

    Thanks, you are my hero !!!

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  6. xodeus says:

    #3. No this tutorial is for 5007EG only.
    #4. this should not be a problem. Go ahead and restart and check your Network Manager in your Tray next to the clock.
    #5. I’m nobodys hero, but you’re welcome… :D

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  7. Saudi Marzoq :) says:

    Thank u so much my brother :)

    it’s like a magic !!

    i know ur nobodys hero BUT UR MY HERO :)

    Thanx again

    Marzoq , Saudi Arabia

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  8. ANDRES says:

    Thanks Thanks Thanks
    You are the best !!!!

    simple and direct to the head, I was stumbling around for solutions with ndiswrapper, but this is brilliant.
    Thanks again

    I’m gonna drink a beer in your name

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  9. tja says:

    OMG! its really work for me now! i love u, man!
    u’re my GOD~

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  10. tja says:

    my laptop : lenovo r61, build-in atheros ar5006ex.

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  11. Pablo G. says:

    Dear Xodeous :

    Thank You Very much !!!!!!, I installed ubuntu in a Compaq F755LA, and the only thing that is not working beside the webcam is the wifi, I followed your guide step by step, and the wifi is working now.

    One question :

    When I reboot the computer, the wireless doesn’t work until i run the two commands modprobe, How can I do to make these two commands run automatically every time the machine is booted ?

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  12. McBooCZech says:

    You can add modprobe commands in to the
    /etc/modules
    This way modules will be loaded automatically after boot.

    HTH.

    Petr

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  13. Scotty says:

    i have been trying to get this thing to work for freaking ever, i am VERY new to this, im sick of vista so i heard this was the real deal but im starting to disagree…i have a acer 5570z POS computer i instaled the opensuse 10.3

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  14. Stevo says:

    Hi! I have wrestled with this chipset on my laptop before and used the same solution. For those reporting a 5006X, the 5007EG was often misreported as this by Linux. If you have a wired connection, you can update your PCI ID’s (what lspci uses) with the root terminal command:

    update-pciids (put sudo in front for you sudo users)

    for USB devices:

    update-usbids

    After updating, it gets reported as

    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    In the US at least, laptops with this chip have an FCC sticker on the bottom reporting an AR5BXB63, which is the FCC ID# for the chip.

    By the way, the patched madwifi driver contains a binary blob from Atheros, which is why it won’t work for 64 bit. The FCC won’t let them open-source it, since they are afraid someone will boost the radio signal beyond legal limits….

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  15. Stevo says:

    Oops–should have been update-usbids.

    Moderator, could you fix that?

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  16. Stevo says:

    >>>>One question :

    When I reboot the computer, the wireless doesn’t work until i run the two commands modprobe, How can I do to make these two commands run automatically every time the machine is booted ?——

    I run a different Debian based distro, so the solution should be the same. You should have a text file: /etc/modules Add the module names to this text file to force loading at boot.

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  17. huuthanh says:

    It’s work for me too. Thanks.
    My laptop: Acer Aspire 4315.

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  18. Swapnil Borgaonkar says:

    Thanks a lot :)

    I was all means to get wireless up on my ACER 4520G
    ndiswrapper was working with Suse 10.3. But was not able to work with Kubuntu 8.04.
    all my previous atempts of installing madwifi would detect ath_pci but would never get ath0.

    Now m really happy that my wifi is working great.

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  19. Ravi Sagar says:

    I have Atheros AR5006X Wireless Network Adapter (Compaq Presario C772TU)and Fedora 8.

    I am unable to get my wifi working with ndiswrapper and madwifi.

    Will this method work for my case??

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  20. Ondrej Tomec says:

    Works on Ubuntu 8.04 too. (Acer 5601ZWLMi)

    Thank you!

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  21. David says:

    It wont work under opensuse 10.3 (64b) … and neither ndiswrapper does…

    what can i do?

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  22. mawdwmaw says:

    It worked on my Sony Vaio N365E. You’re the best!!

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  23. Shapord says:

    Thanks!

    Works on Kubuntu 8.04 (Acer 5610Z), and new driver in the web madwifi:

    http://snapshots.madwifi.org/special/madwifi-nr-r3366+ar5007.tar.gz

    Ciao desde Lima-Peru

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  24. daniel says:

    I put the modprobe “sudo modprobe ath_pci and sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta” commands in the /etc/modules but I still have to run the two commands every time I start the computer. I am running Ubuntu 8.04. Everything else works like a champ though. Any ideas?

    Thanks.

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  25. Miguel says:

    Worked fine in a COMPAQ Presario F755LA running Ubuntu 8.04. Not even need to include modules in /etc/modules. Daniel, if it doesnt work for you, just put “ath_pci” and perhaps “wlan_scan_sta” in /etc/modules and not all that sudo modprobe…

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  26. daniel says:

    Marvelous! I love the the open source software community and their willingness to help each other out. I have been running 7.10 exclusively on my laptop for a few months and just had to try the new ubuntu 8. This was the only thing holding me up.

    THANK YOU. Working beautiful now!

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  27. perro says:

    works perfectly with an atheros AR5007 chipset (compaq presario C700)
    thanks a lot for the help ;)

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  28. To Perro says:

    Hey Perro,

    I am just being curious… your laptop is 32 bits right? (I have the 64 bits verion of the same laptop (Compaq Presario C700) with the same chipset AR5007 and want to give this method a try, althoug I am almost sure it won’t work).

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  29. BaPu says:

    I also read these instructions elsewhere on the ubuntu forums and got it to work on a HP DV6704nr laptop. I did not run these two commands that are on this page:

    Step 5: “sudo apt-get update ” part
    Step 6: “sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta”

    I can connect to my wireless network but the problem is that now the laptop cannot suspend/hibernate anymore. When trying to suspend, the black X screen appears and after a few lines of output does nothing and then laptop shuts down instead of suspending.

    How can I fix it now to re-enable suspend/hibernate ?

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  30. oldnorm says:

    Read the whole post carefully but feel it will not solve my problem since I have an Asus F5R laptop with an Atheros AR242x PCI adapter.
    With dual boot installed wireless works fine in Windows but cannot find a way of getting it going in Hardy?

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