Atheros in Dell Precision M60 Radio Button

Posted on 2006-04-14
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I replaced the original wireless card (Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN MiniPCI Card) on my Dell Precision M60 with an Atheros AR5212A card. The default radio button for wireless on the laptop is Fn+F2. However, this does not work with the new card.

I have tried using a number of different drivers, but none of them worked. In the advanced options of most of the drivers there is an option for the radio. I also have the radio keyboard control turned on properly in the BIOS.

Is the functionality of the radio button dependent on drivers, or is it strictly hardware based? Are there specific drivers I should be using for the card? (I've already tried the Ekahau and the Wild Packets drivers.)

I am dual booting Windows XP and Ubuntu on this machine. (I use Windows the most.)
Question by:staticsage
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    Its controlled by bios and will only work on the cards shipped by dell.

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    Thanks, I'll give points tomorrow as long as no one else replies with an alternative solution.
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    Well that's a whole different problem... I tried updating the BIOS before, but I get this error:

    I'm not really sure what to do with that. It's a school issued laptop, so they might have some sort of block on it? If that might fix the radio button issue, thn I would like to upgrade.

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    I upgraded the BIOS using a USB Flash Drive. I now have the current BIOS and the radio button still will not work.
    Thanks for your help.

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