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I hace an Asus netbook running Ubuntu 10.10 with Gnome. After experiencing problems with video (due to lack of resources) I've switched from Gnome to blackbox as a lightweight desktop. The problem is my wireles is fine under Gnome, but I can't configure it under blackbox, or fluxbox, or fxwm. The following is my lsmod, lspci. Also iwconfig under Gnome and iwconfig under blackbox.
The essid displays hex values under blackbox but shows correct essid under Gnome and the access point disappears under blackbox but is there under Gnome. Any help will be appreciated. I can't show the hex values because the posting gets messed up.
Hi, maybe you're using networkmanager with gnome. The difference between gnome and the other WMs is that gnome starts this program automatically and in Blackbox you'll have to integrate it into the menu manually or autostart it.
Afaik networkmanager provides wireless network only if a user is logged in. So when leaving gnome, the wireless network is shut down.
A workaround would be to configure your wireless connection in a way that is independend of the WM at all.
Ok, the wicd has had the most success, but still doesn't work. I'm now able to see the correct essid under blackbox and fluxbox, but when i try to actually connect, the essid suddenly becomes a string of hex characters as before. The partial success is that the gui portion does work, it does see the correct essid, and I see the correct channel. Blackbox and fluxbox, though, reinterprets the essid upon trying to connect and then fails.
Here is two screenshots. Sorry it took so long, but I lost my connection all together, even under gnome.
As you can see in the first screenshot, the essid along the bottom of the gui is nothing but garbage. In the second screenshot is a picture of my iwconfig, which also shows garbage for essid, even though iwlist shows the correct one. I tried iwconfig wlan0 ap [address] and the access point would not set.
i attached another screenshot to show whats happening when i try to execute. under gnome, the driver shows ath5k, but under blackbox it says the ath5k driver doesn't exist and doesn't execute at all. when i used wext, it did execute but still did not resolve the connection. it looks like it connects, then loses the connection.