Pretty noob with ubuntu... really need some assistance.
Here's the deal. I want to change my MAC address so I can (more) anonymously connect to a wireless network. Unfortunately, I cannot connect to a wifi network after having changed the MAC (I used macchanger (AND manual ether cmd)), after which the MAC is usually automatically reset to default and I can access network again. Now, I have been working on this for a good 20 hrs, reading through fora and trying to get my head around the actual issue.
This is what I assume is the issue: my atheros wifi adapter has a generic driver (something with ath5k & ath9k), so I should get it to use madwifi drivers instead. I followed this guide in order to do that:
So I followed the whole guide, which is pretty up-to-date, but alas, to no avail. After a reboot, the adapter did not work at all and I could not even connect with my default MAC anymore. At startup Lubuntu also took a while to start up, and eventually told me that lubuntu would start up without network settings. To get back to "status quo" I had to go back into /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and remove the "#block ath5k" , "blacklist ath9k" and "blacklist ath5k" . My card works again, but obviously I still have the same issue. Strongly seems like this is the issue:http://forums.eeebuntu.org/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=1997&start=0. In this thread someone is advocating using "madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3998-20090413.tar.gz" driver, but I have no clue how to do this and not sure if I would be missing anything else to do if I just plainly instally this new driver... Any experience with this?
Possible malfunctions: - The only deviation from the guide was that when I was going to add "ath_pci" in /etc/modules, it was already in there! - Also, I assume that "#blacklist ath_pci" in /etc/modprobe.dk/blacklist-ath_pci.conf should indeed be with the "#" in front when saving and exiting. - Should the newly created "options ath_pci autocreate=adhoc" file be saved in a specific folder maybe? - In the very last step of the guide, are the parameters maybe off or outdated? ie I just copied and pasted his text in the box into /etc/network/interfaces
My atheros adapter has following parameters (before using the above mentioned guide):
01:00.0 0280: 168c:002b (rev 01)
AR9285 wireless network adapter (PCI Express) phys id: 0 logical name wlan0 00:25:d3:78:9b:74 driver=ath9k driver version=3.2.0-36-generic 802.11 bgn
I really hope someone can help me with getting the new driver installed. It is still quite opaque to me but I need a helping hand with this. Anyone? Cheers, much appreciated!
Best Regards, N LW PS I run Lubuntu thru a wubi install dual boot, Asus EEEPc 2gb ram