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I've just installed KDE 3.5 and am trying to get drivers working for my Atheros 9271, when I type lsusb it is detected but not ifconfig (only ethernet and loopback).

I have tried following instructions here:

https://wiki.debian.org/ath9k_htc

But when I run apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-atheros it just comes up with:

Screenshot

Any ideas?

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firmware-atheros is a non free program , you should edit your /etc/apt/sources.list as follow (do not use the redirector httpredir):

deb http://deb.debian.org/debian jessie main contrib non-free
deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian jessie main contrib non-free

deb http://deb.debian.org/debian jessie-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian jessie-updates main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/debian-security/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/debian-security/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free

save and install the package:

apt update
apt install firmware-atheros

Solving this error:

E: The package firmware-atheros needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it

Try the following command :

apt install --reinstall firmware-atheros

If you still get the "half configured package" , backup your /var/lib/dpkg/status:

cp  /var/lib/dpkg/status status.bak

Open the status file:

nano /var/lib/dpkg/status

found the firmware-atheros then remove it with its description , save the file and run:

dpkg --configure -a
apt update
apt install firmware-atheros

The GPG error can be solved by installing the debian-archive-keyring and debian-keyring:

apt install debian{$1,-archive}-keyring
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    Thank you for the fast reply, I have just updated my sources with them pasted at the bottom and then ran apt-get install and then apt-get install firmware-atheros and it returned: Reading package lists...Done E: The package firmware-atheros needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it. – LangdonBrock May 17 '18 at 16:43
  • @LangdonBrock See my edit , please. – GAD3R May 17 '18 at 16:59
  • I managed to complete the instruction to search for firmware-atheros and delete, save and run dpkg --configure -a, when I try the next two lines, some errors show up saying Failed to fetch deb.debian.org/debia/dists/jessie and then quite a few lines after that with different locations, it says W: GPG error: security.debian.org jessie/updates Release: the following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available. Then when I try and run apt-get install firmware-atheros, it says Couldn't find package, could it be that it's not downloading this package? – LangdonBrock May 18 '18 at 0:48
  • @LangdonBrock run apt install debian{$1,-archive}-keyring – GAD3R May 18 '18 at 7:28

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