11 December 2009

Ubuntu Wi-Fi on Toshiba Satellite A215-S4747 w/out ndiswrapper

I finally got my wifi adapter working without ndiswrapper on my Toshiba Satellite A215-S4747 in Ubuntu Linux. This should work with any recent version of Ubuntu 32-bit or 64-bit, but I am running Ubuntu 8.10 32-bit. These are the steps I took:

Download the latest version of madwifi hal source from http://snapshots.madwifi-project.org/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-current.tar.gz
$ tar -zxvf madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-current.tar.gz
$ sudo make install
$ sudo modprobe ath_pci
$ sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta

Update: After testing this on both 64-bit and 32-bit Intrepid installs I've come to the conclusion that it is only reliable on the 32-bit install. On the 64-bit install, it only works intermittently and can be very frustrating.

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