[SATLUG] Toshiba Laptop with Atheros WIFI Card

David Kowis dkowis at shlrm.org
Thu Aug 14 14:27:27 CDT 2008

Quoting Mario Compean <mariocompeanc at yahoo.com>:

> Last month I bought a Toshiba Laptop Model P305D-S8828 on-sale    
> ($699) at a local Circuit City that has an Atheros WIFI Card.  In   
> addition to the price  the Atheros WIFI Card  was a big factor in my  
>  decision to buy it since I had read at several forums  that   
> atheros-based cards worked in Linux.  So far I have only loaded SUSE  
>  11.0 and Mandriva 2008 live cd distros on it.  PCLOS 2007 live cd   
> would not load. Mandriva recognized  and configured it with a few   
> clicks of the mouse without any problems, but not so for the wired   
> network card. SUSE wanted me to configure  it using NDIS wrapper,   
> which I did not attempt. Hope this is useful.

I have an atheros MiniPCI (at least I think it's minipci, it's about  
the size of a stick of laptop RAM) wifi card that I got out of a  
laptop that was going to be thrown away. I've stuck it in a different  
laptop and it works. I had to use the madwifi package, because the  
in-kernel one only supports a small subset of atheros chips. I'm  
feeling pretty confident that madwifi will work with the atheros,  
iirc, atheros is pretty linux friendly.

David Kowis
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