HOWTO setup Atheros AR5007EG wireless on Feisty Fawn (with ndiswrapper)

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Make sure you use the appropriate version of the drivers for your version of Linux. If you're using a 64-bit version of Linux, you must use 64-bit drivers. You can check this using the following command:

getconf LONG_BITI

personally recommend using the wicd program for WiFi connectivity. It boasts built-in WPA support and has been successful where other network connection manager programs have failed.

This chipset showed up on my Acer Aspire 5050-3785. The lspci program spit out the following info:

Atheros Unknown device 001c (rev 01)

It also has been incorrectly labelled as an AR5006X device, in some cases.

Here is a step by step procedure to install the drivers manually . Open a terminal and copy/paste the following lines:

Download the ndiswrapper (v1.4 source code and AR5007EG Windows drivers:


Download the AR5007EG Windows XP drivers

If you're using a 32-bit version of Linux, use this command


For 64-bits of blazing WiFi glory, use this:


Extract the archives:

tar xvf ar5007eg-*.tar.gz

tar xvf ndiswrapper-newest.tar.gz

Ensure you have your kernel headers and the build essential package.

sudo aptitude update

sudo aptitude install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential

Blacklist the ath_pci kernel module (it doesn't support our chipset).

echo "blacklist ath_pci" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

Compile ndiswrapper

pushd ndiswrapper-*/
sudo make uninstall
sudo make install

Install the Windows drivers (using ndiswrapper):

pushd */ar5007eg/
sudo ndiswrapper -i net5211.inf

Make sure ndiswrapper loads up every time we start Linux

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
echo "ndiswrapper" | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

Restart your computer.

sudo init 6

Credit goes to bmartin

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1 Response

  1. Jones says:

    Ubuntu is really a great OS. Unlike windows, Ubuntu’s support and pre-installed drivers make it easy to work on any laptop/desktop without having to worry about drivers.

    Ubuntu rocks!!

    Thank you Ubuntu and Cannonical!!

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