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Old 11-15-2009, 08:52 AM   #1
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unsupported phy---Ubuntu


Hi. When I boot up Upuntu 9.10 on my laptop I get a message for a few seconds: "Error - unsupported phy". What does it mean, and how do I fix it?
 
Old 11-15-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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Hi. When I boot up Upuntu 9.10 on my laptop I get a message for a few seconds: "Error - unsupported phy". What does it mean, and how do I fix it?
Did you do a search already?

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Old 11-15-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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I've moved this to a new thread----please don't jump into existing threads with a new and unrelated question.

First, is there any problem once the machine is up and running? If not, then you don't have to worry too much about the error message.

Regardless, you can perhaps look in the logs for some context
 
Old 11-16-2009, 09:18 AM   #4
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I've moved this to a new thread----please don't jump into existing threads with a new and unrelated question.

First, is there any problem once the machine is up and running? If not, then you don't have to worry too much about the error message.

Regardless, you can perhaps look in the logs for some context
Sorry, pixel. I'll try to be more careful about where I post what.

No, the machine is fine. I think. I guess I just wanted to understand why the message appears. "Phy" refers to the Python programming language, does it not? No, I haven't done a web search. I thought this would be a good place to ask. I think the message started appearing after I did some update.
 
Old 11-16-2009, 09:30 AM   #5
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I suggested a search because someone else may have had the same question.
Looks networking related-http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...f&oq=&aqi=g-c1
 
Old 11-16-2009, 12:46 PM   #6
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"Phy" refers to the Python programming language, does it not?
I don't think so...

As I said, check the logs---eg:

grep "[Pp]hy" /var/logs/everything.log
 
Old 11-17-2009, 05:57 AM   #7
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I don't think so...

As I said, check the logs---eg:

grep "[Pp]hy" /var/logs/everything.log
How (exactly) do I do that? I found out grep is a command.
 
Old 11-17-2009, 06:51 AM   #8
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Something to do with Broadcom wireless cards, no driver installed maybe?

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=uns...ient=firefox-a

(That makes two of us who've done a search for you.)

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Old 11-17-2009, 07:10 AM   #9
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How (exactly) do I do that? I found out grep is a command.
Open a terminal and enter the command. Since you are on Ubuntu, you may need to add "sudo" at the beginning.

You will find the terminal in your menus somewhere---or you can always get a command interface by typing ctrl-alt-F1. (ctrl-alt-F7) to go back to the GUI.
 
Old 11-18-2009, 05:47 AM   #10
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Something to do with Broadcom wireless cards, no driver installed maybe?

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=uns...ient=firefox-a

(That makes two of us who've done a search for you.)
(My oh my. Forgive me for invading your Linux forum with questions about Linux. What was I thinking? I hope you are not too deeply offended. Gosh...)

Pixel - Thanks. Yes, I have written "sudo grep phy" in the terminal, but nothing happened. (And yes, I have googled. My Broadcom/internet/wireless drivers seem to be working like they should though.)I like the terminal. I'm not too good (yet) with commands though.

Concerning drivers.... My ethernet is OK. I don't have a wireless connection (I don't want to use wireless) - but I still switched on the wireless function on the PC in Linux, and all these "available networks" showed up. I guess that means my wifi setup is working?

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Old 11-18-2009, 07:54 AM   #11
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I have written "sudo grep phy" in the terminal, but nothing happened
As suggested, run 'grep phy' against a file in /var/log/, you'll get output something like this:
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#:grep phy /var/log/messages 
Nov 17 17:52:01 cythera kernel: phy1: hwaddr 00:22:5f:cc:96:49, RTL8187BvE V0 + rtl8225z2
Nov 17 18:23:08 cythera kernel: BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
Nov 17 18:23:08 cythera kernel: software IO TLB at phys 0x20000000 - 0x24000000
Nov 17 18:23:08 cythera kernel: phy0: hwaddr 00:22:5f:cc:96:49, RTL8187BvE V0 + rtl8225z2
Nov 18 07:35:32 cythera kernel: phy1: hwaddr 00:22:5f:cc:96:49, RTL8187BvE V0 + rtl8225z2

#:grep phy /var/log/dmesg 
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
software IO TLB at phys 0x20000000 - 0x24000000
phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel'
phy0: hwaddr 00:22:5f:cc:96:49, RTL8187BvE V0 + rtl8225z2
Maybe you get an error because it's trying a module for a different card first? I don't know, just a thought.
 
Old 11-18-2009, 12:41 PM   #12
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Pixel - Thanks. Yes, I have written "sudo grep phy" in the terminal, but nothing happened.
GREP syntax:

grep <keyword> <filename>

OR feed grep from some other command--eg:

ls -l | grep "^d" (finds all lines beginning with d---ie all directories
 
Old 11-18-2009, 01:44 PM   #13
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(My oh my. Forgive me for invading your Linux forum with questions about Linux. What was I thinking? I hope you are not too deeply offended. Gosh...)
Apology accepted.
 
Old 11-18-2009, 01:55 PM   #14
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Apology accepted.
OK--no more little jabs between you two...STOP...NOW...Thank You.
 
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