latest release of my fav distro won't conn to coffee shop
In every release of Ubuntu-based remixes I've ever tried (Linux Mint, PeppermintOS, Crunch Bang), as well as KNOPPIX, connecting to a coffee shop's wifi is “automagic”. It was that way too in BackBox Linux 2.05 (based-on Ubuntu 11.04). But now that I've upgraded that partition to Backbox 3.0, the dang NetworkManager pops-up a dialog-box on me, and wants info I don't have. It says I need ssid, bssid and mac address, and “clone mac address” (whatever * that * is).
Yes, I md5-check any distro before I use it, to help make sure I got an uncorrupted d/l.
I've searched mightily on the web, and d/l-ed and read several Linux networking tutos.
I wonder if this could be a setting, changed by the makers of the distro (BackBox Linux). I've consulted the distro's documentation and forums-posts, but no luck. I'm gonna try posting on BackBox forums next. BackBox 3.0 is based-on Ubuntu 12.04, so this shouldn't be such a mystery.
I want my BackBox back! (I don't use the “hacker-ware” that's in it—it's just that it makes a * very * nice desktop—with the addition of a handful of softwares from reops. And Backbox 2.05 had the ** best ** public WAP/coffee-house/airport ability-to-connect I've yet encountered in a Linux distro, which is why I'm so hot after it.) Back * Track * seems much harder to make into a good desktop.
I wonder why the 3.0 version is not able to connect to * my * favorite * coffee-house I frequent, whereas the 2.05 release did so just fine—and so do all the other os I have installed—such as Linux Mint 13 XFCE: it's just that my other distros * will * not * connect to many of the * other * coffee-houses in my city—though the older (2.05) version of Backbox always will. And Windows 7 Starter always will connect. So I don't see a problem with these businesses' routers.
I notice my install of Ubuntu 12.04 (in another partition), connects to most of these local coffee houses just fine.
If I run “nm-tool”, in Backbox 3.0, I get:
- Device: eth0 -----------------------------------------------------------------
HW Address: 1C:75:08:B9:C0:18
Carrier Detect: yes
And that's all.
I hope I have been clear.
I am using an AAO d255e-2677, model PAV70, 32-bit CPU, Intel Atom N450, dual-core, 10.1” screen, traditional platter-type hdd ( 160 Gb WD1600BEVT-2 ), 1 Gb RAM it came installed with, Broadcom b43-n [BCM4313 802.11b/g/n] wifi controller.
Any ideas would be helpful.
All I get when clicking on the NM icon in the panel, is a tick-box to “enable wireless networking”. I've toggled that off and on, but no results. And an option to “edit wireless networks”. This brings up a dialog:
[I tried to put screenshot here, but I couldn't figure out right now how to get it to paste in. Maybe if i can update this post, later.....]
If I highlight the only shown interface with a click of my mouse, and click the “ADD” button, I get another dialog: this one asks for ESSID, BSSID, MAC and MAC-clone.
Anyway, the os knows the correct time and date, and also says “there are 176 updates waiting”.
I'll try to update this post, as I do more research.
Last edited by Dreiland; 01-05-2013 at 04:57 PM.