How to setup abit AirPace PCI-e WiFi card without ndiswrapper in Ubuntu Intrepid

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This tutorial will explain how to setup abit AirPace PCI-e WiFi card without ndiswrapper in Ubuntu Intrepid

Note:-It ought work for any card with an Atheros AR242x chipset, but is untested.

First thing to do is disable the suggested drivers; go to the Restricted Drivers Manager wherever it is on your system (Applications>System>Hardware Drivers) and disable "Support for Atheros 802.11 wireless LAN cards". There may be something else relating to HAL and Atheros based cards.Reboot your system.

We need to blacklist the usual drivers, so open up your editor of choice

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

We need to add the suggested driver to this list to prevent it being loaded. Add the following to the bottom of this file

# This is the wrong driver for the AirPace WiFi card
blacklist ath9k

If you've been mucking about with MadWifi and/or ndiswrapper then add the relevant lines also:

blacklist ath_pci
blacklist ndiswrapper

Save the file and exit

Now, we can find and install the driver which works.Install the backported modules:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-intrepid

Go back to the Restricted Drivers Manager and "Support for 5xxx series of Atheros 802.11 wireless LAN cards" should be "Activated but not in use" if you click on it.

We can now load the driver.Check that none of the blacklisted drivers are running

sudo rmmod ath9k
sudo rmmod ath_pci
sudo rmmod ndiswrapper

Load the new driver:

sudo modprobe ath5k

Right-click on the network manager applet in the notification area, disable wireless, enable it again. If you now left-click on it, your network should show up on the list. Click your network and if it connects, then we've just got to make it permanent.

Time to make it permanent.Add it to the list of kernel modules loaded at boot:

sudo gedit /etc/modules

Delete any line which is one of the modules blacklisted earlier (ndiswrapper, ath9k or ath_pci) and add the following line to the bottom


Save and exit.

Reboot and check your WiFi still works

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1 Response

  1. marotoweb says:

    Work on Ubuntu Jaunty but when wakeup from spleep there is a error like that:

    [ 4131.071734] ath5k phy0: failed to wakeup the MAC Chip
    [ 4131.071738] ath5k phy0: can’t reset hardware (-5)
    [ 4199.232517] ath5k 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A disabled
    [ 4213.212261] cfg80211: Using static regulatory domain info

    I fix this error with my /etc/modprobe.d/madwifi.conf

    blacklist ath_hal
    blacklist ath_pci
    blacklist ath_rate_amrr
    blacklist ath_rate_onoe
    blacklist ath_rate_sample
    blacklist wlan
    blacklist wlan_acl
    blacklist wlan_ccmp
    blacklist wlan_scan_ap
    blacklist wlan_scan_sta
    blacklist wlan_tkip
    blacklist wlan_wep
    blacklist wlan_xauth

    Maybe it’s not necessary to lock all this modules but now its work 😉
    Sorry my bad english.

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