Atheros 5007EG with madwifi on i386 platform

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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 thoughts on “Atheros 5007EG with madwifi on i386 platform

  1. I did what you said but at “sudo make install” terminal tells me “taranis@taranis-laptop:~$ cd madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007
    taranis@taranis-laptop:~/madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007$ sudo make install
    [sudo] password for taranis:
    make: *** No rule to make target `install’. Stop.”

    what do i do wrong?:S

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  2. i need some help guys…my laptop aceraspire5315 dont want to take realtek.What can i do?pls help me!

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  3. hi again guys!
    can help me someone with two chipsets for acer aspire 5315?
    the chipset are from “Display adapters”:
    1.Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
    2.Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family

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  4. that is to say, in module… not sure where to go from here… modules looks like this:

    # /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
    #
    # This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
    # at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with “#” are ignored.

    fuse
    lp
    sudo modprobe ath_pci
    sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta

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  5. Sorry I was at a party last night when I posted that… A Halloween party. Ok, so I got it working last night, but after reboot it stops. Posted my modules file above.

    However, now that I’m trying at work it will not find the new network even after putting the code in manually again (2 lines at the end there). Still just shows the old network from home… but obviously doesn’t connect to it.

    Any help, on either or both issues? Thanks so much this is the closest I’ve come to getting this working!

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  6. When i add the “sudo make install” command, i get an error “make: *** No rule to make target `install’. Stop.”

    I am trying this on Kbuntu 8.l0

    Thanks

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  7. Hi all,

    I have a Compaq Presario C700 laptop (32 bits) and I have installed the ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS Desktop Edition, I have tried the two ways , I meen madwifi and ndigtk, but it doesn’t work. In fact I have a switch to activate or deactivate the Wireless network adapter, which is by default on off and I can’t turn it on.
    I have seen that someone in the discussion have a C700, could you please help me on this.

    Thanks.

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  8. When I tar xvf madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007.tar.gz I’m getting “This does not look like a tar archive” – what’s up with that? (Likewise if I tar xfz madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007.tar.gz I get “gzip: stdin: not in gzip format”.) Apparently it downloaded fully because after downloading it says “`madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007.tar.gz’ saved [555/555]”.

    I’m using an Atheros AR5007EG on a Toshiba Satellite L315 using Ubuntu 8.10

    Thanks for your help!

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  9. im getting the same issue as a few other ppl… i keep geting this no matter how manytimes i reboot and retry..

    numlock@numlock-laptop:~/madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007$ sudo make install
    make: *** No rule to make target `install’. Stop.
    numlock@numlock-laptop:~/madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007$ sudo modprobe ath_pci
    numlock@numlock-laptop:~/madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007$ sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta

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  10. ok my bad i read more into the comments and got the update so now im passed that error.. now i have a new one when i run install…

    numlock@numlock-laptop:~/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604$ sudo make install
    Checking requirements… ok.
    Checking kernel configuration… ok.
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.27-9-generic/build SUBDIRS=/home/numlock/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604 modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.27-9-generic’
    CC [M] /home/numlock/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604/ath_hal/ah_os.o
    cc1: warnings being treated as errors
    /home/numlock/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604/ath_hal/ah_os.c: In function ‘ath_hal_lookup_register_name':
    /home/numlock/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604/ath_hal/ah_os.c:451: error: format not a string literal and no format arguments
    make[3]: *** [/home/numlock/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604/ath_hal/ah_os.o] Error 1
    make[2]: *** [/home/numlock/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604/ath_hal] Error 2
    make[1]: *** [_module_/home/numlock/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.27-9-generic’
    make: *** [modules] Error 2
    numlock@numlock-laptop:~/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604$ sudo modprobe ath_pci
    numlock@numlock-laptop:~/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3698-20080604$ sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta

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  11. hello i have a compaq persario cq50 with atherox 802.11 and im trying to get it to work on ubuntu 8.10 having lots of trouble. i have followed the instructions above and i diabled atherox for the last two commands. i can not get it to work can anyone help me please.

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  12. At last my interconnection worked following the above procedure on my Acer Aspie 7520G laptop. I have still to solve one problem: the connection does not start automatically at startup of ubuntu.

    Suggestions would be appeciated.

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  13. Hello

    Newbie here trying to get my wifi running on Satellite 215-S5837 under Kubuntu. After following the steps in the original post and am only slightly aware of what each does, I got down to #6 and everything looked like it was taking until then. When I entered

    sudo make install

    I got the following response:

    *** No Rule To Make Target ‘install’. Stop

    Any Help???

    Thanks Mark

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

    sudo make install
    sudo modprobe ath_pci
    sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta

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  14. I notice several posts concerning the problems at step #6, many going back several months and do not see a single response or solution to the situation.

    Am I missing something?

    Mark

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  15. 1. Open you terminal

    2. Get this version of madwifi:

    wget -c http://snapshots.madwifi-project.org/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3942-20090205.tar.gz

    3. Untar the downloaded package:

    tar xvf madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3942-20090205.tar.gz

    4. Get inside the unpacked directory:

    cd madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3942-20090205

    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.

    i think this should work testing it now

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  16. I FUCKING LOVE YOU GUYS, OSCAR THANKS SO MUCH! I REALLY DIDNT THINK THIS WAS GOING TO WORK IV TRIED SO MANY THINGS… BUT IT DID…THANKYOU!

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  17. If you live in Manhattan, I will take you out to lunch if you can help me out here. I am a complete Ubuntu noob.

    I have the AR5007EG chipset too and followed these instructions to a tee. I still don’t have wifi.

    When I type lsmod, the ath_pci module shows up. So does ath_hal.

    However, when I type sudo iwlist scan, I only see: lo, etho0, and pan0. ETH0 is my wired lan. I don’t know what the other two are.

    In my /lib/modules/2.6.27-11/volatile directory, I see two files called ath_hal.ko and ath_pci.ko. In the Hardware Drivers manager, it says “No proprietary drivers are in use…” But then I see a line that says “Support for Atheros 802.11 wireless LAN cards.” I’ve tried deactivating it before following your walkthrough and no dice.

    How do I get from here to detected wifi networks???

    Don’t mean to disagree with Linux lovers, but I’ve tried Linux/ubuntu for 2 days and I absolutely hate it. I mean, if it’s so hard to install a driver (I’ve spent 2 days on trying to get Madwifi to install), imagine the other things. I’m a DOS and Windows expert and a computer geek and I can’t figure out drivers???!!!

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  18. YES! Yes! YES!!! I finally got it to work after 3 days of frustration. It turns out the MADWIFI drivers I downloaded were 2 months old (9.4.0.2). I tried the ones Oscar mentioned and they worked perfectly. Now I have wifi.

    Look at the insane lenghths I’m going to get free wifi access:

    1) Wanted to borrow neighbor’s connection.
    2) found out about aircrack.
    3) wasted a day before realizing that aircrack and the win xp drivers don’t work very well.
    4) spent a ton of time reading up on Linux and choosing an OS
    5) spent a ton of time learning archaic LINUX commands
    6) SPENT 2 DAYS ON THIS MADWIFI DRIVER GARBAGE.
    7) Now need to learn how to use aircrack.

    This is like an absolute Gordian’s knot – where to begin and how to untangle all the ridiculous knots. I seriously hope I’ll have easier luck with aircrack. If installing a driver takes 2 days of nonstop Googling, I don’t know how hard that’s gonna be.

    Thanks for this incredible webpage that solves ONE of my many obstacles on my way to free wifi!

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  19. You guys are the best in the world. I have been trying for the last 3 months to get my atheros card to work on my toshiba satellite. Many thanks to you Oscar, you are a saver.
    Linux “to the world”

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  20. I’m seeking peek drivers for WinXP for AR5007EG…tryied all from “wildpackat”
    but nothing…Any suggestions??

    P.S.I know this is a Linux bases forum but i’m really despared!!Please HELP!!

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  21. hi all
    i m new at linux but i know i need internet connection to execute this command
    “sudo apt-get update && sudo aptitude install build-essential”

    so why i m reading this thread cause i dont have it. is there any way to install it manuel ? or dont prefer me use ethernet connection also doesnt work …

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