Atheros Wifi Driver issue with Linux Mint 14


This is a guest post. The issue of wifi with atheros driver in Linux mint 14. Thank you to Sunija M Vijayan for this fix.

I tried various Wifi drivers and various methods to activate wifi in my Soni Vaio E Series Notebook.
When i first tried ‘ifconfig’ it returned ‘no device’…
I logged into windows and found out my Adapter ( Atheros 9285)…
Researched on it.. tried if I can install it manually.. but no use.. :
Tried modprobe ath9k
nothing happened…
Then i tried rfkill
rfkill
got a series of commands below rfkill
(Usage: rfkill [options] command
Options:
–version show version (0.4-1ubuntu3 (Ubuntu))
Commands:
help
event
list [IDENTIFIER]
block IDENTIFIER
unblock IDENTIFIER
where IDENTIFIER is the index no. of an rfkill switch or one of:
all wifi wlan bluetooth uwb ultrawideband wimax wwan gps fm)

Then tried rfkill list
0: sony-wifi: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: YES
Hard blocked: no
1: sony-bluetooth: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no
2: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

Thought I would unblock it first
so read about rfkill and unblocking it

http://www.geekmind.net/2011/01/linux-wifi-operation-not-possible-due.html

rfkill unblock wifi
then again tried rfkill

0: sony-wifi: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
1: sony-bluetooth: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no
2: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

Then tried
modprobe ath9k

I found another post that was helpful and let me undestand more about my driver and if the kernel is supported or not..
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/atheros-ar9285-wifi-not-working-in-slackware-14-a-4175430144/
This is what i have done… 🙂

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