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Old 03-14-2008, 12:42 PM   #16
apeace
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Here is the output from wlist wlan0 scan:

Code:
wlan0     Scan completed :
          Cell 01 - Address: 00:0B:86:8B:C3:20
                    ESSID:"NUwave"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:1
                    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                    Quality=83/100  Signal level=-46 dBm  Noise level=-62 dBm
                    Encryption key:on
                    IE: WPA Version 1
                        Group Cipher : TKIP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : 802.1x
                    Bit Rates:5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s
                              18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=000000005e11bc30
          Cell 02 - Address: 00:0B:86:8B:C3:21
                    ESSID:"NUwave-guest"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:1
                    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                    Quality=81/100  Signal level=-48 dBm  Noise level=-62 dBm
                    Encryption key:off
                    Bit Rates:5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s
                              18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=000000005e11be6b
          Cell 03 - Address: 00:0B:86:96:DC:A0
                    ESSID:"NUwave"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:1
                    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                    Quality=65/100  Signal level=-64 dBm  Noise level=-62 dBm
                    Encryption key:on
                    IE: WPA Version 1
                        Group Cipher : TKIP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : 802.1x
                    Bit Rates:5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s
                              18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=0000000060d0dc7f
          Cell 04 - Address: 00:0B:86:96:DC:A1
                    ESSID:"NUwave-guest"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:1
                    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                    Quality=63/100  Signal level=-66 dBm  Noise level=-62 dBm
                    Encryption key:off
                    Bit Rates:5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s
                              18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=0000000060d0deba
          Cell 05 - Address: 00:0B:86:47:29:41
                    ESSID:"NUwave-guest"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:4
                    Frequency:2.427 GHz (Channel 4)
                    Quality=53/100  Signal level=-75 dBm  Noise level=-62 dBm
                    Encryption key:off
                    Bit Rates:5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s
                              18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=000000004187a0d9
          Cell 06 - Address: 00:0B:86:8B:AF:40
                    ESSID:"NUwave"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:8
                    Frequency:2.447 GHz (Channel 8)
                    Quality=50/100  Signal level=-79 dBm  Noise level=-62 dBm
                    Encryption key:on
                    IE: WPA Version 1
                        Group Cipher : TKIP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : 802.1x
                    Bit Rates:5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s
                              18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=00000001786b76b4
          Cell 07 - Address: 00:0B:86:8B:AF:41
                    ESSID:"NUwave-guest"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:8
                    Frequency:2.447 GHz (Channel 8)
                    Quality=53/100  Signal level=-75 dBm  Noise level=-62 dBm
                    Encryption key:off
                    Bit Rates:5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s
                              18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=00000001786b78ef
          Cell 08 - Address: 00:0B:86:47:29:40
                    ESSID:"NUwave"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:4
                    Frequency:2.427 GHz (Channel 4)
                    Quality=53/100  Signal level=-75 dBm  Noise level=-62 dBm
                    Encryption key:on
                    IE: WPA Version 1
                        Group Cipher : TKIP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : 802.1x
                    Bit Rates:5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s
                              18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=0000000041879e9e
And in fact, all those network names correspond to those that I see in Windows.

Clearly the card is working in some way...

Thank you again for anything else you can get back to me on.
 
Old 03-14-2008, 12:55 PM   #17
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OH MY GOSH I GOT IT

I realized my problem. In System->Administration->Services, I had checked "NetworkManager" but had not checked "NetworkManagerDispatcher". Once I checked it and started it, I was able to left-click on the networking icon and connect to my preferred network!!

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your help. This problem of wireless drivers has always been a problem for me with every Linux distro I have tried. However, I think I now understand basically how to fix the problem in the future.

My one question is this: how did you know which file to extract with b43-fwcutter? In other words, where did you find that tar file that you gave me the link to? If I have the same problem with another laptop in the future, how do I find the correct file to extract?

Again, thank you so much. Now I can begin my process of de-windowfying my life.
 
Old 03-14-2008, 04:28 PM   #18
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Hello apeace

Really pleased that the wireless works. A point to you that you tried NetworkManager Dispatcher. Some machines here I have it running on and some not but the wireless still works. I'd not considered that it might be stopping yours.

As I understand it, its function is to run scripts when NM changes state. It's obviously not necessary on this machine, maybe when I've got an odd moment I'll try disabling it on one of the others and see if there is a difference.

As to knowing which file to cut, well, when f8 came out, there was only one file to cut. When I saw the updated b43 material in fedora recently I tried it with the new firmware off the b43 site and as I probably said, that got my 4306 working.

It appears to me you have to watch what is happening to Fedora by the way of updates and have reference to this site:

http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Dr...devicefirmware

which is the homepage of the b43 driver and which specifies which firmware to use with which b43-fwcutter.

By the way, now you have your wireless running, you might be updating, and that will include the b43 driver and fwcutter. I'm pretty sure that the update will be painless as far as those are concerned and that you won't have to recut any firmware.

There have been some reports on the Fedora forum of problems with their most recent kernel though so if you do have a problem just reboot with the previous one. Yumex and Grub between them are set to retain two kernels and present them as boot options.

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