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Old 11th June 2008
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Default Guide: Atheros ar5007 wifi cards in freebsd7

A friend recently bought a new laptop with an atheros ar5007 card in it; which FreeBSD 7 couldnt see at all. (these drivers probably in -current, I havent checked)

I came across this page (after some time of searching)
This was the closest thing I found and it worked straight away so heres the short and relevent info:
You NEED the src code for FreeBSD.

The Atheros card which would normally be supported by FreeBSD's ath driver, except that the HAL in the stock driver does not support PCIe

download this patched copy of MadWifi, which does have support for the wireless card: http://snapshots.madwifi.org/special...+ar5007.tar.gz

Decompress the tarball and then run the following as root:

Code:
#cd madwifi-ng-r2756+ar5007/hal
#cp -R * /usr/src/sys/contrib/dev/ath/
Recompile your kernel, and reboot. When the system comes up, you should have wireless networking. The NIC will show up as ath0.

* Important warning: DO NOT USE Fn+F2 ONCE THE WIRELESS CARD DRIVER IS LOADED! Fn+F2 will do what it says (toggle power to the wireless card), but the driver does not know how to handle this state and will get rather angry at you if the wireless card disappears.
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