Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter Driver Update
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Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter Driver Update

I’m assuming that at some point I may have mistakenly assigned the wrong driver to my wireless card while attempting to boost signal strength. Is there any commands that would allow me to reclaim my wifi card and set the correct drives?

It took a minute to find it, but I think this is the command that did it.

sudo apt-get install firmwire-b43-installer b43-fwcutter

which did not install, or this one,

sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source

In the windows driver installer the files were netathr.inf and netathrx.inf. The program marked them with an error of which I can’t remember.

I have re-installed bcmwl-kernel-source and nothing. I don’t even know if it is related to my problem.

My card is

Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01).

I have Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in which I have just upgraded to in hopes that it would fix this same problem I experienced in 12.04 LTS.

I’m currently running wifi from a usb controller, but I need the internal card to work because this wifi usb controller is not mine, nor is it small. It is very large for what it is and I would much rather have my laptop work like it is supposed to.

sudo lshw -C network

*-network UNCLAIMED description: Network controller product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) vendor: Qualcomm Atheros physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:07:00.0 version: 01 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list configuration: latency=0 resources: memory:f0100000-f010ffff

In case more info is needed.

rfkill list all

0: phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no

nmcli nm

RUNNING STATE WIFI-HARDWARE WIFI WWAN-HARDWARE WWAN running connected enabled enabled enabled enabled