maya mate edition dialup and wireless problems
I'm an old hand at getting dial up and wireless working on ubuntu from feisty to lucid. Due to hardware issues I felt the need to upgrade from lucid. Precise did not work for me for many reasons. I discovered Mint Maya Mate edition and installed it to Virtualbox in Lucid. After a couple of days of tweaking I was really happy with Mint.
In virtualbox mint was sharing a working internet connection with the Lucid box. When I installed mint to the actual hard drive and tried to connect to my dialup isp everything was okay except that the dns did not work. The dial up connected and assigned a remote address and dns server. Everything I tried from ping to Firefox reported no route to the internet.
I tried sudo route delete default without good results. I edited /etc/ppp/options and added the line replacedefaultroute also with no results.
Because I'm a glutton for punishment I installed mint on the test partition on my laptop and drove the 18 miles one way to a public high speed connection.
I did the following at the command line:
sudo iwlist wlan0 scan
sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid "public123"
sudo dhclient wlan0
Everything worked up to dhclient. I got "dhcpdiscover on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67" (various intervals). This went on until I got tired of looking at it without ever connecting.
On every version of ubuntu up until now the command line sequence above worked great.
I don't know what has changed in network management to cause all of the above. Extensive google search is not helping me. Part of the problem is that anyone who has any choice does not use dialup any more.
I have no choice other than satellite. If you read the terms and conditions for satellite service you get a certain amount of high speed bandwith per month. Then you are throttled down to nothing. So you must pay a minimum $50 a month for about a weeks service. I can't justify that on my tight budget.
Also even if I had satellite given my experience with public wifi access I'm not sure mint would even connect.
Thanks for any help in advance.