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    Default How to get ar9170 chipset usb adapter working

    ****AR9170 DEVICES SHOULD WORK OUT-OF-THE-BOX ON THE BackTrack 4 R2 Release****

    If yours doesn't;
    I noticed that the BackTrack 4 R2 iso doesn't have the one stage firmware, which is needed for the AVM FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N and AVM FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick 2.4 and possibly others. So any one still having problems, see if you have ar9170.fw in /lib/firmware.
    If you are missing it:
    Download ar9170.fw and put it in /lib/firmware.


    ================================================== ===================
    ================================================== ===================

    This applies to the original Backtrack4 release only.


    The following devices with the atheros AR9170 chipset need the drivers updated to work correctly with BT4:
    • Arcadyan - WN7512
    • Atheros - 9170
    • Atheros - TG121N
    • AVM - FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N
    • AMV - FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N 2.4
    • Cace - Airpcap NX
    • D-Link - DWA 160A1
    • D-Link - DWA 160A2
    • IO-Data - WNGDNUS2
    • Netgear - WNDA3100
    • Netgear - WN111 v2
    • Planex - GWUS300
    • Sphairon - Homelink 1202
    • TP-Link - TL-WN821N v2
    • Z-Com - UB81 BG
    • Z-Com - UB82 ABG
    • Zydas - ZD1221
    • Zyxel - NWD271N

    ----
    Here is how to update the drivers:

    Download ar9170.fw, ar9170-1.fw, ar9170-2.fw and put them into /lib/firmware

    Download compat-wireless-2.6.32.3.tar.bz2

    Open a terminal and run:
    Code:
    tar -xf /root/compat-wireless-2.6.32.3.tar.bz2
    cd compat-wireless-2.6.32.3
    make
    make install
    make unload
    *If you get a "No such file or directory" error when you run make, run this command:
    Code:
    ln -s /usr/src/linux /lib/modules/2.6.30.9/build
    Open /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist with any text editor and add blacklist arusb_lnx to the list and save the file.

    then:
    Code:
    reboot
    Last edited by dustyboner; 04-06-2011 at 04:10 AM.

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    Unhappy Re: How to get ar9170 chipset usb adapter working

    Hey,

    I got D-Link DWL-G132 USB WiFi... i have the firmware and drivers too.. but i dont know how to load the firmware in BT4..
    Plz help..

    Thanks
    Mi2

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    Hey, how did you know to use that driver pack and those firmware files?

    Hey, cant figure out how to turn the wireless adapter on, yes I have googled to no avail.

    And thanks so so sos sosososososososososososososos sooooooooooooooooooooo mcuh for the answer, I am almost there all I have to do is get the damb LED flashing, it also says when I type dhclient wlan0 that there are no dhcp servers. why. and yes my router is a dhcp server
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    Quote Originally Posted by mohdismail_2 View Post
    Hey,

    I got D-Link DWL-G132 USB WiFi... i have the firmware and drivers too.. but i dont know how to load the firmware in BT4..
    Plz help..

    Thanks
    Mi2
    all you need to do is put the *.fw files in /lib/firmware/

    Quote Originally Posted by Simbachips View Post
    Hey, cant figure out how to turn the wireless adapter on, yes I have googled to no avail.

    And thanks so so sos sosososososososososososososos sooooooooooooooooooooo mcuh for the answer, I am almost there all I have to do is get the damb LED flashing, it also says when I type dhclient wlan0 that there are no dhcp servers. why. and yes my router is a dhcp server
    Is it just the led that isn't turning on or the adapter itself? I need more info,
    Run
    Code:
    ifconfig
    iwconfig 
    lsmod
    and post up the output.
    Last edited by Archangel-Amael; 03-13-2010 at 07:52 PM.

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    Default Re: How to get ar9170 chipset usb adapter working

    What I did before giving you the results of the commands you ask for is as follows:

    Set a default gw

    set a ip and netmask

    wlan0 up

    ifconfig wlan0

    wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:27:19:f1:5e:d7
    inet addr:192.168.22.5 Bcast:192.168.33.0 Mask:255.255.255.254
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

    iwconfig wlan0

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=20 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Encryption keyff
    Power Managementff

    lsmod--> only showing you what I think you need to see any more just ask, though it make it easier for you

    ar9170usb 54140 0
    mac80211 205220 1 ar9170usb
    led_class 3608 1 ar9170usb
    ath 7732 1 ar9170usb

    iwlist wlan0 power

    wlan0 current mode: off

    Tried to change the mode but to no avail. maybe not doing it right?

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    Default Re: How to get ar9170 chipset usb adapter working

    besides the lines you listed, you should have these 2 lines in your lsmod output
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    cfg80211               84236  3 ar9170usb,mac80211,ath
    rfkill_backport        17056  1 cfg80211

    iwlist wlan0 power

    wlan0 current mode: off
    thats normal

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    Default Re: How to get ar9170 chipset usb adapter working

    Dude I tried what you've posted but when I make the file , I get "WARNING: Symbol version dump /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.30.9/Module.symvers is missing; modules will have no dependencies and modversions." What am I supposed to do about that?

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    Question Re: How to get ar9170 chipset usb adapter working

    hi I have done what you said OP but I'm still having problems connecting to the Internet via my wn111 v2.I'm currently running backtrack 4 via Virtualbox,also could you precise where we should add "blacklist arusb_lnx" on the blacklist?

    Code:
    
    Interface       Chipset         Driver
    
    ath0            AR9001U         Otus
    
    root@bt:~# ifconfig
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 08:00:27:22:d3:8c
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:5 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:1710 (1.7 KB)
              Interrupt:10 Base address:0xd240
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    
    root@bt:~# iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    ath0      IEEE 802.11-MIMO  Frequency:inf GHz  Access Point: C2:BF:FF:03:00:00  
              Sensitivity=0
              Encryption key:<too big>
              Power Management:off
    
    root@bt:~# lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    vboxvideo               1940  1
    drm                   142208  2 vboxvideo
    agpgart                29356  1 drm
    vboxvfs                33384  0
    sbs                    10940  0
    sbshc                   4500  1 sbs
    video                  18024  0
    output                  2388  1 video
    cpufreq_ondemand        7080  0
    cpufreq_performance     1300  0
    cpufreq_conservative     7048  0
    cpufreq_stats           4728  0
    cpufreq_powersave       1268  0
    freq_table              3476  2 cpufreq_ondemand,cpufreq_stats
    iptable_filter          2324  0
    ip_tables              10916  1 iptable_filter
    x_tables               13592  1 ip_tables
    lp                      9412  0
    snd_intel8x0           29616  0
    snd_ac97_codec        100824  1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus                1364  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm_oss            37728  0
    snd_mixer_oss          14324  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm                67704  3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy           2424  0
    snd_seq_oss            27328  0
    snd_seq_midi            5952  0
    ar9170usb              54140  0
    mac80211              205220  1 ar9170usb
    led_class               3608  1 ar9170usb
    ath                     7732  1 ar9170usb
    cfg80211              118824  3 ar9170usb,mac80211,ath
    rfkill_backport        17096  1 cfg80211
    snd_rawmidi            19488  1 snd_seq_midi
    rtc_cmos               10156  0
    rtc_core               15792  1 rtc_cmos
    psmouse                41732  0
    parport_pc             24292  0
    parport                30572  2 lp,parport_pc
    rtc_lib                 2388  1 rtc_core
    arusb_lnx             430888  0
    serio_raw               5016  0
    i2c_piix4               9796  0
    snd_seq_midi_event      5972  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                47568  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              19068  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device          6048  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    snd                    50468  10 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore               5856  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc          7836  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    vboxguest             133672  7 vboxvfs
    evdev                   9120  6
    pata_acpi               3892  0
    ata_generic             4536  0
    fuse                   53104  1
    root@bt:~#
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    Default Re: How to get ar9170 chipset usb adapter working

    Quote Originally Posted by varpur View Post
    Dude I tried what you've posted but when I make the file , I get "WARNING: Symbol version dump /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.30.9/Module.symvers is missing; modules will have no dependencies and modversions." What am I supposed to do about that?
    Don't worry about it, everybody should get that warning.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    hi I have done what you said OP but I'm still having problems connecting to the Internet via my wn111 v2.I'm currently running backtrack 4 via Virtualbox,also could you precise where we should add "blacklist arusb_lnx" on the blacklist?
    you can put "blacklist arusb_lnx" on any open line
    I just put it at the bottom like:
    Code:
       --------snip------------
    # replaced by asus-laptop (Ubuntu: #184721)
    blacklist asus_acpi
    
    # low-quality, just noise when being used for sound playback, causes
    # hangs at desktop session start (Ubuntu: #246969)
    blacklist snd_pcsp
    blacklist rt73
    blacklist r8187
    
    # replaced by ar9170usb 
    blacklist arusb_lnx

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    Default Re: How to get ar9170 chipset usb adapter working

    Hey,

    I just like to say thanks for the info and driver. I have been looking for this stuff for a few days. If you could offer any advice on what im doing wrong id be very appreciative. I followed the above instructions for driver installation.

    I have the D-Link DWA-160A2 (version A i think with a minor revision?).

    Is this the same chipset as the DWA-160A or does it have the DWA-160B chipset?

    Needless to say my USB adapter isnt working, just my virtual ethernet connection to my onboard wireless card. The light on the USB is always off when mounted by VWware. Backtrack can see my device as an EHCI Host Controller - 11n adapter. Here are the details from backtrack.

    Code:
    11n adapter
    
    Manufacturer: ATHER
    Serial #: 12345
    
    
    Class
    255
    (Vendor Specific Class)
    Subclass
    255
    (Vendor Specific Subclass)
    Protocol
    0
    USB Version
    2.00
    
    Vendor ID
    0x7d1
    (D-Link System)
    Product ID
    0x3a09
    Revision
    0.00
    
    Speed
    480 Mbit/s
    Channels
    0
    Max. Packet Size
    64

    Below are results of ifconfig, iwconfig, and lsmod.

    Code:
    root@bt:~# iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    root@bt:~# ifconfig
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0c:29:dc:79:37
              inet addr:192.168.204.128  Bcast:192.168.204.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::20c:29ff:fedc:7937/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:91 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:63 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:18498 (18.4 KB)  TX bytes:5651 (5.6 KB)
              Interrupt:19 Base address:0x2000
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    
    root@bt:~# lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    ipv6                  239348  8
    video                  18024  0
    output                  2388  1 video
    sbs                    10940  0
    sbshc                   4500  1 sbs
    cpufreq_performance     1300  0
    cpufreq_powersave       1268  0
    cpufreq_ondemand        7080  0
    cpufreq_stats           4728  0
    freq_table              3476  2 cpufreq_ondemand,cpufreq_stats
    cpufreq_conservative     7048  0
    ppdev                   7096  0
    vmblock                12436  1
    vsock                  39040  0
    vmmemctl                8380  0
    vmhgfs                 51240  0
    pvscsi                 14308  0
    acpiphp                21288  0
    iptable_filter          2324  0
    ip_tables              10916  1 iptable_filter
    x_tables               13592  1 ip_tables
    lp                      9412  0
    snd_ens1371            21216  0
    gameport                9984  1 snd_ens1371
    snd_ac97_codec        100824  1 snd_ens1371
    ac97_bus                1364  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm_oss            37728  0
    snd_mixer_oss          14324  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm                67704  3 snd_ens1371,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy           2424  0
    psmouse                41732  0
    serio_raw               5016  0
    snd_seq_oss            27328  0
    snd_seq_midi            5952  0
    snd_rawmidi            19488  2 snd_ens1371,snd_seq_midi
    parport_pc             24292  1
    parport                30572  3 ppdev,lp,parport_pc
    snd_seq_midi_event      5972  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                47568  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              19068  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    rtc_cmos               10156  0
    rtc_core               15792  1 rtc_cmos
    rtc_lib                 2388  1 rtc_core
    snd_seq_device          6048  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    snd                    50468  10 snd_ens1371,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore               5856  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc          7836  1 snd_pcm
    i2c_piix4               9796  0
    intel_agp              26108  1
    agpgart                29356  1 intel_agp
    shpchp                 31560  0
    vmci                   27620  1 vsock
    evdev                   9120  5
    sg                     25064  0
    ata_generic             4536  0
    pata_acpi               3892  0
    fuse                   53104  1
    vmxnet                 17624  0

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