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Ubuntu 8.04 Linux and the Atheros AR242x chipset

Madwifi has put out a super good fix for this device.
Here is how to get it working:

NOTE: Make sure you have disabled the Atheros Chipset driver in the Hardware Manager already and rebooted. (System > Administration > Hardware Drivers)

1. Download this file: CLICK HERE
Once it is downloaded right-click on it and extract it.

2. Make sure you have build-essentials installed. If you are not sure you should open a Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and enter this command:

sudo apt-get install build-essentials

Also install the linux-headers with this command:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

3. Now turn off all your wireless devices in the Terminal with these commands:

ifconfig ath0 down
ifconfig wifi0 down

If you get a message telling you the device is not found or something, that’s ok.

4. In the Terminal navigate to the folder you extracted from the file you downloaded earlier. Mine was on the Desktop so I entered this in the Terminal to get inside:

cd Desktop/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3875-20081105/

Now do the following to enter the scripts folder:

cd scripts

Now to remove the old modules from the system and its memory:

./madwifi-unload
./find-madwifi-modules.sh $(uname -r)
cd ..

5. Now to compile the new madwifi driver. Simple type make into the Terminal and wait for it to finish.
When its done make sure there were no errors in the output.

Now type in sudo make install to install the driver.

6. And finally load the module with:

sudo modprobe ath_pci

And to make the module load with startup we need to edit a file, so do this in the Terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/modules

Add this line to the end.

ath_pci

Then save and close the file.

If the wireless is not working just reboot your computer.

Your Done!

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Fresh install of Intrepid …

After about a week of having had updated from Hardy to Intrepid I decided to reformat and go with a fresh install of Intrepid.

All went well through the installation as usual. When I booted up the first thing that caught my attention was the wireless connectivity which seemed completely hopeless. I could see wireless networks but could not connect to them. I am still seeing how it goes but basically what I have done so far is to install Wicd to replace the default Gnome Network Manager and install ubuntu-restricted-extras from Synaptic Package Manager. After a reboot it seems to have been better … but time will tell.

The next thing I noticed was that the printer (HP LaserJet 1010 USB Printer) was not printing from any applications and the only thing that worked was printing a Test Page from the Printing Properties dialogue. This turned out to be a problem with the driver that was installed by default. To fix it I just deleted the installed printer and created a new one with the CUPS+Gutenprint driver instead of the Foomatic one.

Altogether it took me about 2 and a half hours to reinstall Ubuntu and reinstall all my 32 previously used programs as well as migrate all my Email and other settings from my backup. Incredible!

Upgrading from Hardy to Intrepid …

So I finally took the plunge and went with the fully automatic upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 from 8.04 on my Lenovo Thinkpad R61, and I am pleased to announce that it went EXTREMELY WELL!

Because I had a horde of applications installed as well as the full KDE4 gui of things, I had to download 1GB of updates to move me from one Ubuntu release to another. It sounds like a lot, but when we are talking about a fully automated upgrade — its actually totally awesome!

There were three “main” things that I had to repair once the upgrade was finished and the system restarted:

1. I had to reinstall Samba (for networking)
2. I had to reinstall AWN (Dock App)
3. I also had to reinstall Flash for Firefox

Upgrading an Operating System has never been easier!

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