Check if madwifi drivers repository is in /etc/apt/sources.list
deb ftp://ftp.au.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free deb-src ftp://ftp.au.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free Use module-assistant to build drivers
# su # apt-get update # apt-get install madwifi-source # apt-get install madwifi-tools # m-a prepare # m-a a-i madwifi
If not rebooting and you need to load the module
# modprobe ath_pci
It should work now, with the use of Wicd rather than Network Manager (NN doesn't support static ip).