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    Default Atheros ar9285 Driver

    I'm trying to get wireless capabilities going on my new laptop in backtrack and I'm having some problems. I have googled around a bit and I ended up installing the ath9k drivers. I successfully installed it and recompiled the kernel with the Ath9k module. I can verify this was successfuly by producing no errors with the command: modprobe ath9k.

    When I do iwconfig however, I still see no wireless device. Does anyone have any information on how to get my wireless card working in backtrack? I used this tutorial to install this:

    How to install the development version of atk9k - ThinkWiki

    Thanks in advance for any helpful info. I'd really like to get my wireless up and running


    ***I actually have the AR9287 wireless card. Could one of the mods change the title of this post to reflect that? Thank you.***


    Turns out it wasn't that difficult. Just needed the newer compat wireless driver from here

    Then, follow the instructions of dusty boner. I skipped the make unload step because I forgot and my internet was working. Didn't want to mess with it anymore. Anyways, here are the commands I used:

    tar -xf /root/compat-wireless-2.6.33.tar.bz2
    cd compat-wireless-2.6.33
    make install
    shutdown now -r
    Once rebooted
    Then, Wicd Manager=>Preferences=>Wireless Interface: wlan0

    Refresh and you should see some wireless networks. Hope this works for everyone else.
    Last edited by mixit; 03-30-2010 at 09:05 AM.

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