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Ok, I'm fed up with Wireless USB Lan adapters...everytime I get it running something else messes up.
I've helped a few people get their adapters to work, but now I've decided to give RH 9 a chance, not that I had it running much better in RH 7.3 or 8.0.
So Here are some of my problems:
1) I can access the internet most of the time...but I have to pay attention during startup because if it doesn't list anything past "Reassociation Response" or something like that, then it means I'm not connected and nothing I do after that works for getting onto the internet.
2) If I disconnect the adapter at anytime, when I go to shutdown I get this nice little message and RedHat will not shutdown: "unregister_netdevice:waiting for eth0 to become free. Usage count = 2"
Real annoying because it means shutting down imporperly, risking messing up linux.
3) The graphical network tools supplied with RH 9.0 just don't work with the atmelwlan driver I have, and the adapter doesn't work without the driver...but it would be nice to control the network stuff from a GUI. It just gives me a message about Debugging information.
4) when I reboot from Windows to Linux the adapter doesn't work, the first time, and requires that it be unplugged and replugged at a certain point early in the startup.
5) When starting up, sometimes RH just freezes before it even gets close to the Interactive startup part of startup. (Where is says Pass or Fail)
Good things about Linux networking:
my windows XP couldn't stay connected to the router for more than 80 seconds...or something like that...I timed it a few times and almost exactly 80seconds when it didn't want to work. I even tried lowering the speed from 11Mbit/s to 1.0 and it still had that problem...but when I was able to get Linux working, I had no problems.
Hopefully someone can help with some of these problems, I've found Wireless networking in Linux to be a deadzone in terms of people able to help, they usually just want to ignore it, or the problems are too personalized.
If only someone could develop a universal driver package, that would incorporate Atmel and Prism drivers, and have a nice simple to use GUI install program, that would be great!!
A nice GUI install for these drivers would make my life sooo much easier. I have no idea how to get my linksys wmp11 to work. http://prism2.unixguru.raleigh.nc.us/
is the closest i have come to figuring it out.
"If only someone could develop a universal driver package, that would incorporate Atmel and Prism drivers, and have a nice simple to use GUI install program, that would be great!!"
For the reassociation response, I also had that problem too.
I found an interesting thing in my computer. That's when WindowsXP shuts down or reboot, the power and Rx lights in the USB wireless NIC keep 'on' while the Linux shuts down or reboots, the Rx light in the USB wireless NIC 'off' and power light 'on'.
I try to switch off the main power source for a while (at the back of the computer) (which also power off the USB wireless NIC of course) whenver I want to shift between Windows and Linux. And that solved my problem. Hope that is helpful.
I had lots of the same problems when using the atmelwlandriver for my WUSB11 card- need to reboot twice after using WinXP, computer hangs while rebooting, etc. I fixed my system by switching to the Berlioz driver at http://at76c503a.berlios.de/index.old.html.
Watch out, Linux fried my USB wireless adapter after a crash caused by switching OS. No smoke or anything, it just doesn't get recognized by linux or windows as a Linksys WUSB11 v2.6 adapter anymore.
I went with a d-link 520+ pci card, and now I have no problems associated with wireless networking thanks to the acx100 chipset driver project found at http://acx100.sourceforge.net/
So now I'm bidding farewell to the community of ATMEL based USB adapter users. Goodluck.