Ubuntu – How to install Qualcomm Atheros AR9565 wireless drivers


I purchased an HP laptop with the Qualcomm Atheros AR9565 (QCWB335) wireless adapter. I understand that this adapter is currently not supported on Ubuntu 12.04 and there is no way to get wireless access.

I installed compat-wireless-3.6.6-1 ath9k driver and it didn't work, lshw -C network still showed *-network UNCLAIMED after reset.

How can I figure out when Ubuntu will have driver for AR9565? Is there a workaround to get wireless working somehow?

Best Answer

Your device is covered in this package: http://www.orbit-lab.org/kernel/compat-wireless-3-stable/v3.6/compat-wireless-3.6.6-1-snpc.tar.bz2

The files with extra letters, in this case snpc, are pre-patched to add newer devices and, sometimes, features. Yours is a good example.