Wireless with wpa does not work after upgrade to intrepid OR in intrepid live cd session

Bug #299822 reported by Zed on 2008-11-19
This bug affects 1 person
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linux-restricted-modules (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have an IBM Thinkpad R40 2722 GDG with this wireless adapter:
Printed from command lshw:
                description: Wireless interface
                product: AR5211 802.11ab NIC
                vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
                physical id: 2
                bus info: pci@0000:02:02.0
                logical name: ath0
                version: 01
                serial: 00:05:4e:42:46:f6
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
                configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ndiswrapper+net5211 driverversion=1.53+,05/02/2007, ip= latency=128 link=yes maxlatency=28 mingnt=10 module=ndiswrapper multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11b

lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 8.10
Release: 8.10
 apt-cache policy linux-restricted-modules

apt-cache policy linux-restricted-modules-2.6.27-7-generic
  Installed: 2.6.27-7.12
  Candidate: 2.6.27-7.12
  Version table:
 *** 2.6.27-7.12 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

In a default install the driver will be ath_pci, and connections to wpa access points will time out. In Gutsy the default - whatever that was, worked fine.
My wireless now works with the following:

* Install ndisgtk and cabextract
* Download 77wc39ww.exe from
* Put 77wc39ww.exe in an empty directory DIR
* In DIR, run cabextract 77wc39ww.exe
* Run ndisgtk from System->Administration->Windows Wireless Drivers
* Select the .inf file in DIR.
This is the state of my system. May not be necessary:
* Make sure that no linux-backports-modules-* packages are installed
* Make sure that there are no blacklists of any ath* modules in /etc/modprobe.d/* (grep -r ath /etc/modprobe.d/*)
* Make sure the Atheros driver is enabled in System->Administration->Hardware Drivers

Also, in gutsy I needed stronger signals from an ap to connect to it than when I needed in Windows XP. Hopefully I will now enjoy the XP performance in Intrepid since I have the Windows driver.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.10
Package: linux-restricted-modules-2.6.27-7-generic 2.6.27-7.12
SourcePackage: linux-restricted-modules
Uname: Linux 2.6.27-7-generic i686

Zed (scientist47-xyz) wrote :
Zed (scientist47-xyz) wrote :

tar -cvvf report.tar report
drwxr-xr-x per/per 0 2008-11-19 09:23 report/
-rw-r--r-- per/per 14482 2008-11-19 09:21 report/lshw
-rw-r--r-- per/per 1621 2008-11-19 09:21 report/lspci
-rw-r--r-- per/per 4813 2008-11-19 09:21 report/lsmod
-rw-r--r-- per/per 114369 2008-11-19 09:22 report/lshal
-rw-r--r-- per/per 38050 2008-11-19 09:23 report/dmesg

Jon (t-tim-timmy) wrote :

This is/was discussed in the following thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=963379

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