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Configuring wireless card for acer aspire one in Ubuntu 8.10

Recently I configured the wireless card in an acer aspire one, on a ubuntu 8.10 include, for the ubuntu version 9.04 it is recognized by default, well, at least I read it somewhere, but for version 8.04 will have to several steps:
Setting Atheros AR5006EG card 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express acer aspire one

1. Install the kernel headers:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

2. Download and decompress from Atheros drivers for the console:

$ wget “”
$ tar -xzvf madwifi-hal-
$ cd madwifi-hal-*/

3. Compile and install:

$ make
$ sudo make install
$ sudo modprobe ath_pci

4. Edit the file /etc/modules:

$ sudo gedit /etc/modules

And add ath_pci to the end, it shall be as follows:

# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
# This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
# at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with “#” are ignored.


5. Restart and enjoy!, LED wireless not work, it takes other steps to make it turn. However the wireless card is already running, once restarted, in the upper right corner, you will get two computers (network manager), now left click on them and you will need to scan the wireless networks that are in our range.

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