Wireless networking

Latest drivers are needed for Ubuntu 8.10 and can be installed by following these instructions:


This is an alternative way to get the wireless working… posted by Jon Bradbury – http://netbook-forums.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=57#p276


11 Responses to “Wireless networking”

  1. Jon Bradbury Says:

    All as you say in your latest blog. I get the pointer jumping all over the place if I touch more than one spot on the pad at the same time. Ubuntu definitely loads the Synaptics driver, but the Gnome touchpad applet does not work.

  2. This works perfectly! Out of the box Ubuntu was using the Atheros driver which didn’t work, but this works flawlessly!

  3. Jon Bradbury Says:

    Oh, also, why is using the backports package not recommended (in the blog title entry)? Ndiswrapper is inefficient, but the backports package uses the up to date madwifi driver (IIRC). In any case it is much easier to setup than ndiswrapper!

  4. Jon – Only ‘not recommended’ because I had not tried it out myself… now that you and Jack have confirmed it works I’m happy, in fact as you say it is preferable to the use of Ndiswrapper

  5. Jon Bradbury Says:

    Indeed – I see you’re reporting a fail to reconnect after standby / suspend with ndiswrapper – I just tested mine and it works, so using backports has to be the better approach.

  6. Hi guys i have followed the guide to enabling the wireless on my nc10 for intrepid.

    I still cannot get the wireless to work. When i reboot the notebook the atheros driver is enabled again.

    I have disabled it in the hardware menu and also added the blacklist lines to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

    any ideas?


  7. Hey guys i solved the problem, it was due to the fact that in /etc/modprobe.d/madwifi there was a line

    blacklist ath5k

    i commented out this line and all is well in the world of wireless

  8. lee – sorry that you are having difficulties. You might want to follow this thread https://nc10ubuntu.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/problems-with-ndiswrapper-restart-hang-up/#comments

    Try posting in our forum http://nc10ubuntu.forumcircle.com/portal.php

  9. lee – Glad you got it fixed – has anybody else needed to modify /etc/modprobe.d/madwifi?

    If so you should update the instructions on the Wiki: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NC10#Wireless%20Networking%20-%20Atheros

  10. Hey jb,

    will i update the instructions in order to let people know what i had to do?

    Also, i now have a problem with the ath5k driver. When i restart or shutdown my laptop hangs on a black screen with a blinking cursor for a couple of minutes and then spits out some errors:

    ath5k: noise floor calibration timeout
    ath5k: cannot reset hardware (-11)

    anyone got any ideas?

  11. Lee – Not heard of anybody with the /etc/modprobe.d/madwifi issue. Why not post a comment in the forum to check with others before updating the Wiki? http://nc10ubuntu.forumcircle.com/portal.php – Not seen the ath5K error messages before. Good luck

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