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

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:

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 Responses

  1. james says:

    missing snapshot help me

    this is old please post new

  2. MESSIAH says:

    Jeeeeeeeeee me too. We need new one – actual information.

  3. Michel says:

    none of the madwifi are valid, none. I saw a couple of posts and every time I tried following the instructions I got stuck trying to get a package from madwifi. Is there even a patch for AR5007EG at the moment for Ubunbu 10.04? if so, where can I find it. right now I can’t use aireplay since the authentication never takes place, it fails and I need the patch to make it work.


  4. ALTracer says:

    They moved the entire site from “” to “” and the right link is

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