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Acer Aspire One vs. Ubuntu 8.10

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Ok, I am aware of the known issues surrounding the wireless adaptor in the Aspire One and the latest Ubuntu release, but I've followed the guide here, and I'm still having trouble. I can get it to recognise the wireless adaptor under sudo lshw, and I have an 'Enable Wireless' option when I click on the network icon on the taskbar. However, if I attempt to scan for wireless networks with
Code:
iwlist wmaster0 scanning
I get 'wmaster0 Interface does not support scanning. Also, if I choose either 'Connect to hidden wireless network' or 'Create new wireless network', and enter my router's SSID, it tries to connect for about 2 minutes, and then reports 'Disconnected'

I'm getting pretty fed up here, mostly as I feel I'm in way over my head. I'm very new to Linux (only played a bit in a VM before), and simple things like checking which driver I'm actually using are not intuitive. If any can give me some noob friendly advice, I'd be most grateful!
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You could try using the ath5k module, personally nothing worked to get my built-in wireless running on my AA1, but others have had luck with ath5k.
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I wasn't getting any luck with the ath5k module, but some digging on the Madwifi site revealed a new ath_pci module - having installed that I feel I've made a step in the right direction, in that iwlist ath0 scanning returns "No scan results". Still can't find the wireless network mind you, but at least it appears to be trying.

I've also gotten rid of the default network manager, and have switched to Wicd. That doesn't seem to have made a lot of difference either

Update: GOT IT WORKING!!!! A bit more tinkering with iwconfig, and I'm now connected!! I also had to disable MAC filtering on the router (leaving our network 100% unsecured - ugh), but now my laptop will connect! It seemed to survive re-activation of MAC filtering, haven't been brave enough for a reboot yet though. If all goes well, I may even have a crack at encryption over the weekend!
Edited by chemicalfan - 12/26/08 at 5:37am
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Be careful what you update, my Ubuntu install broke itself and now it can't join WPA networks.
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Yeah, I've read somewhere that after each kernel update, I'll have to re-compile the Madwifi module. It'll be a drag until they put the right module in the kernel itself
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