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Old 09-24-2008, 11:22 PM   #1
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Slackware 12.1 wifi connection problem.

I have a strange problem with Slackware 12.1 and my Toshiba A105-S4074, with an intel ipw 3945 chipset. I have setup my routers to be correct to the best of my knowledge. I am using dd wrt replacement os on a linksys, I'm not sure if this router has anything to do with my problem, but using Windows on the same laptop and the dhcp server works fine in that situation.

root@kr4kl4p:/# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"bluebox"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.442 GHz Access Point: 00:1E:E5:4E:2C:31
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2346 B
Encryption key:5ED5-5A59-881D-61CF-F6B1-2A21-EF
Link Quality=92/100 Signal level=-39 dBm Noise level=-127 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0


root@kr4kl4p:/# ifconfig
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:33 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:33 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:3360 (3.2 KiB) TX bytes:3360 (3.2 KiB)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:13:02:bd:6a:7e
inet6 addr: fe80::213:2ff:febd:6a7e/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:87 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:23610 (23.0 KiB)

wmaster0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-13-02-BD-6A-7E-6C-6F-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)


root@kr4kl4p:/# route
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface * U 0 0 0 wlan0
loopback * U 0 0 0 lo
default UG 0 0 0 wlan0

>running the startup script posted at the bottom.
>I'm wondering what the hell wmaster0: unkown hardware address type 801 means.

root@kr4kl4p:~# wifi
SIOCADDRT: File exists
SIOCADDRT: File exists
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.6
Copyright 2004-2007 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit

wmaster0: unknown hardware address type 801

wmaster0: unknown hardware address type 801
Listening on LPF/wlan0/00:13:02:bd:6a:7e
Sending on LPF/wlan0/00:13:02:bd:6a:7e
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 6
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 15
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 17
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 13
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 10
No DHCPOFFERS received.
No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.

>the next set is the scripts I'm temp using to start the connection.

route add -net netmask dev wlan0
route add default gw
iwconfig wlan0 essid linksys
iwconfig wlan0 ap 00:18:39:84:B7:57
iwconfig wlan0 key 5ed55a59881d61cff6b12a21ef
dhclient wlan0

(you may notice the ip here is, I changed which router I was connecting to.)

p.s. - I am using the original driver and mac80211 kernel module that was installed with the Full install option.

p.s.s. - this is my second post in 6 months, I'm not sure if my email is getting posted, but gets checked often.

-Thank you.

Last edited by hatchetwkd; 09-25-2008 at 05:42 PM. Reason: added url
Old 09-25-2008, 01:29 AM   #2
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