Vostro A860 failing atheros wireless card

Mario Limonciello mario_limonciello at Dell.com
Fri Mar 6 12:59:46 CST 2009

Hi Nigel:

I may be mistaking this with another platform, but I had thought there
was a Vostro platform that shipped with an Atheros card but used a fork
of madwifi because at the time it shipped it wasn't stable. You'll want
to check your recovery media for debs to setup this alternative driver.
I believe it should also be stable on the latest ath5k/ath9k though.


Nigel Ridley wrote:
> We recently bought a Dell Vostro A860 pre-installed with Ubuntu Hardy Heron (did a fresh install 
> on Kubuntu Hardy Heron) and now suddenly the Atheros wireless card comes and goes. It can be 
> working then stops working - as if there is no card.
> I have to open the 'Hardware Drivers Manager', disable the atheros drivers, reboot the laptop, go 
> back to 'Hardware Drivers Manager', re-enable the drivers, reboot and then the wireless woks for 
> about 5 minutes before dying - 'No connection'.
> How can I determine the exact problem - if it's a driver or hardware issue?
> Blessings,
> Nigel
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Mario Limonciello
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