I'm running Windows 7 normally on my Acer laptop, and it works like a charm. However, whenever I boot up Ubuntu, the network card doesn't even seem to exist.

I've looked for hours for a solution, to no avail.

These are some specs of the chip:

Atheros Communications Inc. AR9287 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

What steps do I have to take to get some kind of network connection? The networking was the one thing I liked about Ubuntu, however, this is kind of a turn-off.

I have tried running the "Additional Drivers" tool but it did not work.

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    Have you tried plugging in the ethernet and running "additional drivers"? May 7, 2011 at 14:57
  • I don't know what "additional drivers" is, but I will go try that.
    – Ian Cordle
    May 7, 2011 at 16:05
  • Okay, I tried that, and I get no results. It updated my Natty, but no change in network status. Is there a place where I could get a driver? Or how could I use ndiswrapper?
    – Ian Cordle
    May 7, 2011 at 17:35

2 Answers 2


Googling around - as you have found, some of the Atheros drivers in the 2.6.38 kernel are broken.

This website suggests the following workaround until the kernel is fixed:

sudo su
echo "options ath9k nohwcrypt=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/ath9.conf

Then reboot

Note - I've seen other websites that say that the file should be ath9k.conf. So if the above doesnt work, try

sudo su
echo "options ath9k nohwcrypt=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf

Remove the ath9.conf / ath9k.conf file when a new kernel is released (assuming of course the new kernel fixes this issue).

  • Okay, I've given up at this point, but I might as well try it. I'll take it for a test spin later.
    – Ian Cordle
    May 29, 2011 at 12:46
  • @IanVal - its perhaps also worth when testing, disabling any WEP/WPA protection you have in your router. If you can get it working unprotected, then try enabling WEP, then WPA then WPA2 etc.
    – fossfreedom
    May 29, 2011 at 13:25
  • Thank you for the help! For me, this line didn't work. I typed it like this: sudo su then echo "options ath9k nohwcrypt=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/ath9.conf
    – st3fUn
    Jul 13, 2011 at 16:12

I was able to solve this with the solution here, which is to manually update the kernel to 3.6: Artheros AR9287 Txpower

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