[ubuntu-za] Ath5k wireless with ubuntu

David Rubin drubin at ubuntu.com
Tue Oct 5 09:13:07 BST 2010

Hi Josh

On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 4:17 PM, Josh Brodrick <josholikestofly at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone
> I just wanted to ask a more general question relating to the atheros
> wireless card in my acer aspire one 110L netbook.
> I've been running the ubuntu netbook edition on it since jaunty and now run
> lucid, and although the wireless was detected "out of the box" and does
> work, it does not work perfectly.
> The card is an AR5BXB63 chipset.
> Basically the wireless does work, however it becomes intermittent and drops
> connections on medium to heavy network loads such as downloading large files
> or streaming video.
> I have read numerous threads and forums from other people with this issue
> with the ath5k driver, and the issue has still not been resolved in Lucid
> that I have experienced.
> Some suggestions include installing
> linux-backports-modules-wireless-lucid-generic (or something like that) to
> make it more stable but this has not yet made a difference for me.
> My question is really if anyone knows if there is a chance these issues will
> every be fixed (like in maverick) or if anyone else has any experience with
> the ath5k driver or similar such issues.

I can't answer your other questions but as to the Maverick one. If it
isn't already fixed in Maverick it wont be. (Feature freeze and
already in beta).

Download the Maverick live CD and give it a shot. If it works you will
know it has been fixed if not. You are going to have to wait for


> Otherwise is it worth buying a usb-wireless adapter that is better supported
> in ubuntu and not using the internal card?

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