Last time I have been write article to activate the Atheros wireless Acer Aspire on Ubuntu 8.04. But after upgrade to the latest kernel of Ubuntu 8.04, The Atheros wireless was gone. Based on uname -a, The kernel upgrade do on 21st October 2008, its mean after upgrade I can not use my atheros wireless. This happen did not notice by me until I got order to check the Wireless connection on the client. I could not connect to the wireless network due to my atheros wireless on acer aspire was disable. So, I need to reactivate again the atheros wireless on my laptop acer aspire.
simplyeko@simplyeko:~$ uname -a
Linux simplyeko 2.6.24-21-generic #1 SMP Tue Oct 21 23:43:45 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
I delay to reactivate the Atheros wireless because the new Ubuntu Linux Intrepid Ibex will launching on November. I’m awaiting and download the ISO image of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex to burn on CD. I got new Ubuntu 8.10 liveCD. I’ll try the Ubuntu 8.10, but after do iwconfig on console, seems the Atheros wireless did not support directly by Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex. I decide to did not upgrade my Ubuntu Linux to the Ubuntu 8.10 version.
So, my main job is to reactivate the Atheros wireless. I do several step below to bring up the the Atheros wireless on my laptop acer aspire 3684. I write this article to share all of you if you face the same problem but i know it’s too late.
In order for Atheros wireless to start working again, you need to rebuild the drivers. To rebuild and install an updated set of the drivers, go to the directory on your computer where the madwifi driver sources are located and do the following:
The above step should rebuild and install the Atheros wireless drivers that will run for the newly updated kernel on your Acer Aspire. After the installation, reboot your laptop. If everything goes well, you will see your Atheros wireless on console like this;
lo no wireless extensions.
wifi0 no wireless extensions.
ath0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:”" Nickname:”"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power:18 dBm Sensitivity=1/1
Retry:off RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=0/70 Signal level=0 dBm Noise level=0 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
eth0 no wireless extensions.
The ath0 is atheros wifi that installed on Acer Aspire 3684. I hope this article will help you.