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Enabling wifi on Lenovo R60 AR5212 using madwifi

Enabling wifi on Lenovo R60 AR5212 using madwifi-0.9.4.tar.gz :

Well i am sure everyone installed madwifi and it actually worked for some people ( see ankur‘s Directives ).
Basically:

1)open terminal in su mode and enter directory where the madwifi-0.9.4.tar.gz has been extracted.
2)type ‘make’ press enter

3) type ‘make install’ press enter.

4)type ‘ modprobe ath_pci’ press enter.

Now here some people would have gotten “unable to insert module ….. no such device”

Heres what to be done :

1) go to /lib/modules/2.6.23.1-42.fc8/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath5k

2) rename ath5k.ko to ath5k.so.bkp (actually you can just delete it or blacklist it see comments)

3) go back to the madwifi directory to termianl

4)type “make uninstall ” press enter.

5)type “make clean” press enter.

6)reboot

7) Rename re-extract your madwifi-0.9.4.tar.gz to a different folder ( THIS ISNT NECCESSARY, BUT EVERYTIME I HAD TO DO THIS)

8) enter the new madwifi directory . Type “make clean “press enter.

9)type “make” press enter . type “make install ” enter.

10) type “modprobe ath_pci ” press enter.

NOW no new errors should come your network manager will now have wireless network selection.

11) Reboot

!!!!!!!ENJOY!!!!!!! (PLZ COMMENT IF THIS METHOD WORKED FOR YOU OR NOT!!)

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  1. April 3, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Renaming or deleting ath5k.ko only works until your next kernel upgrade. You should blacklist it instead, which prevents it from being loaded by modprobe on startup:

    1. Unload ath5k (it’s loaded by default by Fedora): rmmod ath5k

    2. To blacklist ath5k, run: echo “blacklist ath5k” >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

  2. djays
    April 4, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Nice Suggestion but for 1 particular laptop of same series (lenovo R60)
    blacklisting didnt work very well.

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