Wireless not working on HP-G60

I am running OpenSUSE 11.3
I had OpenSUSE 11.3 installed before and everything worked fine. I eventually went back to Windows for a bit. I have a Wireless Button that glows Orange. When I went back to windows it remained orange everytime I turned on my mp or woke it up. When I press it, it goes blue and wireless works. It was really annoying but I ignored it, I could never find a solution. I reinstalled OpenSUSE today, to find out Wireless doesn’t work at all. I press the button but it remains Orange. My wireless adapter is a: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter.


eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:26:2D:B8:F1:51
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::226:2dff:feb8:f151/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:4929 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:4147 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:5123275 (4.8 Mb) TX bytes:639624 (624.6 Kb)
Interrupt:28 Base address:0xe000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:284 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:284 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:34726 (33.9 Kb) TX bytes:34726 (33.9 Kb)

LSPCI(Only including my adapter):

02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)


lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off

I need help getting this to work please.
If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.


This thread should be able to help you out.

Installing ATH9K Support In OpenSuse 11.x

Sorry that really is hard to understand

If you want easy, you have the wrong card. But, you could take this opportunity to learn something.

You should be able to use compat-wireless from this repository.

Index of /repositories/driver:/wireless/openSUSE_11.3

You can add the repository through yast and then search for the compat-wireless package in yast and install it. (Then you won’t have to compile stuff)

Hi iLeet, I had this problem exactly with my G60. Start on the last page of this post… Wireless does not support scanning and you should get it working in minutes.

You will also see a link to lwfinger’s excellent “how to”. This you must read.

You need to install rfkill (via Yast is easiest).

Stick with Knetworkmanager it is best.

The driver choices are the ath5k or ath9k drivers and SuSE has probably installed the right one by default.

The problem is that the blue/red (or orange) wireless light/button is actually a button - but pressing it makes no difference to the colour of the light. Enter “rfkill list” in a terminal window, press the wireless button and then repeat the “rfkill list” command and you will see the hard block change state.

I spent about a week on this and when I realised the light was a switch - everything cleared up nicely. I then set up my other laptop in under a minute.