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Old 11-27-2010, 05:36 AM   #1
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Wicd WiFi connection fails - bad password -wpa2


I am running Ubuntu 10.04 on a PackardBell notebook and have just got an Orange Livebox 2 for broadband connection(after years of dial-up as no adsl in my area).

I am trying to connect via WiFi to the Livebox to configure, but neither NetworkManager nor Wicd will connect. NM sees the Livebox but simply fails to connect after trying; Wicd says "Bad password".

The WPA2 password I have entered is definitely correct, and I have connected without any problem from an AcerOne under Linpus.

Any ideas?

I have also tried to connect using Wicd and an ethernet cable, and this doesn't connect either, returning "Connection Failed: Unable to Get IP Address"
 
Old 11-27-2010, 05:44 AM   #2
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What happens if you setup the Livebox with WEP, or no password ?
Can you connect then?


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Old 11-27-2010, 06:13 AM   #3
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Wicd will not allow me to change the type of key - it says that the Livebox requires encryption, so I can't turn that off.
Wicd displays the Livebox as WPA2 encryption. If I change the Properties in Wicd to WEP the connection fails with Bad Password.
 
Old 11-27-2010, 06:30 AM   #4
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it says that the Livebox requires encryption, so I can't turn that off.
You need to turn it off in the Livebox
Do you have wpasupplicant installed?

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Old 11-27-2010, 06:51 AM   #5
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Yes, wpasupplicant is installed.

I am happy to turn encryption off, but I am surprised that Wcid does not handle WPA2, as it asks for a "WPA1/2 passphrase" or a "WPA1/2 Preshared key".
 
Old 11-27-2010, 07:08 AM   #6
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I am happy to turn encryption off,
It's just to test
You could try to install the latest version from wicd
http://sourceforge.net/projects/wicd/files/

Make sure to use Wext
Try to put the password between "", like this
"mypassword"

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Old 12-05-2010, 07:17 PM   #7
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Smile

This is that work for me.

After try network manager, wicd, router configuration and wpa_supplicant without any positive results to connect to my house wireless.
Then I decide to update the kernel version of my notebook from 2.6.32.xx to 2.6.35.22 and congratulations that work.

Some Data:
Distro: Ubuntu 10.04
Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-N320E
Router: Linksys WRT160N V3

Steps to kernel update:
Code:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Now I enjoing my wireless !!!
 
Old 12-06-2010, 07:11 AM   #8
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I have upgraded to Ubuntu 10.10.

I have played around with various settings (not recommended but I was getting desperate and had to try something!!); now I can connect using Network Manager to the WiFi of my Orange Livebox 2, and also through an Olitec 85 CPL (connection over the electric wiring in the house). I cannot connect over an Ethernet cable, as for some reason I have no eth0 link (as shown by ifconfig).

I have removed Wicd.

I am connected to the Livebox with no security - originally I could not connect if the Livebox was set to Wpa2 security. Luckily we are very remote and have no neighbours within a kilometre or so, so lack od security is not a problem.

Thanks for all messages.
 
Old 12-06-2010, 07:58 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by frank4360 View Post
I am running Ubuntu 10.04 on a PackardBell notebook and have just got an Orange Livebox 2 for broadband connection(after years of dial-up as no adsl in my area).

I am trying to connect via WiFi to the Livebox to configure, but neither NetworkManager nor Wicd will connect. NM sees the Livebox but simply fails to connect after trying; Wicd says "Bad password".

The WPA2 password I have entered is definitely correct, and I have connected without any problem from an AcerOne under Linpus.

Any ideas?

I have also tried to connect using Wicd and an ethernet cable, and this doesn't connect either, returning "Connection Failed: Unable to Get IP Address"
Is there a problem with your dhcp client? Since it says Unable to get IP address seems to point to this, especially since you were also having problem connecting with a wired ethernet cable.
 
Old 12-06-2010, 02:29 PM   #10
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Is there a problem with your dhcp client?
Possibly - but how do I check if there is; and what do I do to cure it?
 
Old 01-05-2012, 11:37 PM   #11
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Solution to wicd bad password

It has been several days reading countless forums in search for a solution for the "bad password" issue... None worked for me. Now that I found a solution on my own that I couldn't see anywhere else, I decided to share.

I have a Dell Vostro 1310 notebook with BT5 (2.6.39.4) and Windows Vista, and my network card is the RTL8169. The wired connection works, but no luck with wireless under RT5; in Vista it worked perfectly.

I tried many proposed fixes which did not work, such as (not in any particular order):
- uninstall wicd and reinstall
- removed network-manager (since I didn't have it, I installed and uninstalled it)
- change the wifi channel of my router
- changed my router's encryption type (TKIP/AES), mode (WPA/WPA2), SSID, etc
- disabled the wake on lan under windows
- downloaded, compiled and installed the latest driver from Realtek under BT5
- downloaded the latest Realtek driver for Windows
- used wpa_supplicant manually to connect (this is when I was sure it isn't a wicd issue)
- tried all available drivers on wpa_supplicant (such as wext)
- reinstalled BT5
- added b43 to load up at boot
- downgraded kernel
- disabled the rx offload on my eth0

I did many other things that I can't even remember... Even opened up my laptop and cleaned the board!

Well... finally I found the solution. The problem in my case is with the RTL8169 architecture, it seems.

Since my computer is a Dell and despite the fact that I had already installed the latest official Realtek driver on both Windows and RT5, I decided to try one last desperate attempt. I went on Dell's support site and downloaded their latest network driver package for my machine and installed it on WINDOWS. I rebooted and went into RT5 to test, and to my surprise, it worked on the first try and has been working since then.

The only possible explanation I can come up with is that the Dell update (which was over 50Mb) had also a firmware upgrade embedded, which fixed some issue with the NIC that was the cause of the problems in RT5. Crazy, but worked.

My advice to all those who have not been able to fix the "bad password" or any other wireless connectivity problem is to get the computer manufacturer's update for the network card instead or the card's manufacturer (Realtek in this case). Do it on Windows if you have dual boot, it is likely that they care more for those clients and work harder on the updates.

This may work for other brands and other distros, it may be worth a shot.

I hope this helps anyone with the issue. Just as a reminder, my config was DELL + BT5 + VISTA + RTL8169.

Take care,
-Ricardo
 
Old 02-18-2012, 03:52 PM   #12
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Bad Password

I have a Toshiba Satellite A135. Im trying to run Linux Mint 12 as a primary OS and Linux Backtrack 5 R1 for secondary. I am new to any form of Linux so I am trying to learn. Mint will let me on the internet but Backtrack keeps saying Bad Password and I am certain I am using the right password. This combination of Backtrack and Mint worked fine at another location as I could get online on both OS but at home I can only get online using Mint. I am trying to log on using WICD. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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