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I am using Ubuntu 9.04, I cant access my wireless driver, I activate the madwifi in administration>hardware drivers, but I could'nt activated the wireless too.

when I type lspci I get the following message,

################################################## #
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 04)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 04)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f4)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
################################################## 

but when I tried in Windows I found that the driver for my laptop is

################################################
atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter
################################################

so what can I do for solving this problem.

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The Ubuntu Forum offers the following solution:

First disable Atheros Hardware Access Layer [HAL]: Go to System>Administration>Hardware Drivers and uncheck Atheros Hardware Access Layer then reboot

after reboot type these into a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install build-essential
wget http://snapshots.madwifi.org/special/madwifi-nr-r3366+ar5007.tar.gz
tar xfz madwifi-nr-r3366+ar5007.tar.gz
cd madwifi-nr-r3366+ar5007
sudo make
sudo make install
sudo modprobe ath_pci

then reboot and it should work!

Note that these instructions are for Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. In 9.04, you must connect to the internet (usually via ethernet) first in order to setup proprietary wireless drivers. Ubuntu cannot distribute proprietary drivers with the install!

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i think you sholud use he ndiswrapper utility...

Atheros AR5007 driver

get the .inf file from above link,

use it using ndiswrapper, ENJOY :)

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