I'm new to Linux, so please use small words :-)
First of all, let it be known that I have searched and attempted to find a solution without posting for help, but my attempts have all been unsuccessful. This could be because my situation is slightly different than those posted, but it could also be because I couldn't fill in the blanks of how to perform the necessary steps for fixing the problem, so I need step-by-step instructions if you have any suggestions (please/thanks).
I have a Zotac MAG (specs are here). It has built-in wireless. Please don't be fooled by my ability to find the following information, I was only able to find it because of other posts telling people to post that....I truly am Linux-illerate.
I'm using Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition and the kernel's info is 2.6.28-19-server.
The entry in
sudo lspci -v is:
04:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communcations Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01) Substystem: Device 1a3b:1089 Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11 Memory at febf0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K] Capabilities:  Power Management version 3 Capabilities:  Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable- Capabilities:  Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00 Capabilities:  Advanced Error Reporting <?> Capabilities:  Virtual Channel <?> Capabilities:  Device Serial Number xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx Capabilities:  Power Budgeting <?>
The output of iwconfig is:
lo no wireless extensions. eth0 no wireless extensions.
According to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k, my kernel is not new enough to use the ath9k driver, so I checked for an update to my kernel by doing
apt-cache search linux-image, but the resulting list doesn't show anything newer than 2.6.28-19-server.
One person suggested using
sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty and then restarting, and then others exclaimed how it amazingly started working for them. Wish I could join them, but although it installed OK, my situation remains unchanged.
I have seen people suggesting to use ndiswrapper or MadWifi, but I couldn't follow their instructions well. Some tutorials often suggest using the GUI, but I need to figure it out via the command-line interface.
I'm sorry for posting a topic that has been discussed so much all over, but I've already spent too much time failing at figuring this out on my own.
Let me know if any other information is needed.