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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.

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    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-

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

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

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