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Xubuntu 6.1 Hangs with AirLink101 AWLC4130 Wireless Super G Cardbus Adapter

I have a Xubuntu 6.1 running on my Super Digital Media Terminal. And it's been running on a 802.11b wireless adapter all this time. Recently, I have the need for higher bandwidth, so it's time to upgrade it to 802.11g. I figure my new AirLink101 AWLC4130 Wireless Super G Cardbus Adapter is perfect for this purpose. This network adapter uses the Atheros chip set.

But last night, I found that booting Xubuntu with this card in the PCMCIA slot hangs Xubuntu on startup. I removed the card and rebooted. It booted into Xubuntu fine. But when I tried to inserter the card after booting up, it hangs again.

I am really baffled at this problem. Booting Xubuntu from CD with the network adapter works just fine. But not when the operating system is already installed and working with a different network adapter. If anyone could shed light on this problem, I would be eternally grateful.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 02 Jun 2008 17:24:50 +0000

Had an idea today. I loaded the Synaptic Package Manager and searched for "atheros". I noted that I have linux-restricted-modules-2.6.17-10-generic version 2.6.17.5-11 installed. This package included the MadWifi driver for Atheros chipset. Maybe upgrading this package will solve the problem. So I clicked on "Mark for Upgrade" and then on the "Apply" button. But I got the following a package not found error message.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 02 Jun 2008 20:49:14 +0000

I never did solve this problem with the AirLink101 AWLC4130 network card. Instead, I got the EDUP PCMCIA 802.11B/G Wireless Wifi Card for Laptop, which worked as soon as I plugged it in and booted up the machine.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:38:05 +0000

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