As vostro A840 comes with preinstalled ubuntu 8.04. The wifi was working properly but upgrading it to 8.10 caused me soo much trouble .. so I freshlyinstalled 8.04 but now the (Atheros) wifi is not at all available for me..I have enabled the restrictive drivers.. even then it's of no useAfter few googling I found that I have to make use of madwifi driver... but I just want to know is there a backport for the same atheros card..here are few o/plspci09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)0c:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01) lshw -C network *-network UNCLAIMED description: Network controller product: AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter vendor: Atheros Communications Inc. physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:0c:00.0 version: 01 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix cap_list configuration: latency=0 *-network description: Ethernet interface product: RTL8101E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0 logical name: eth0 version: 02 serial: 00:21:70:89:a2:90 size: 100MB/s capacity: 1GB/s width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.2LK duplex=full ip=192.168.1.2 latency=0 link=yes module=r8169 multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100MB/s
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Great forum - Here is the solution that worked for me. It took me long to reply 'cause I forgot ....