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Old 02-24-2007, 02:51 AM   #1
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Wireless won't connect at boot

Kubuntu 6.06.1 on a sony laptop. Generally very satisfactory, but I'd like to have the wireless connection made at boot.

When I had it set up with a cabled connection, all was well, but now I have gone wireless.

My chipset uses ipw2200, and works fine (even with WPA!).

Originally, I thought it was going wrong because eth0 (wired) was also being "brought up", but it was not physically connected. So I disabled eth0 at boot.

My modem/router/switch is at, and I have a static IP of

From a cold boot, there is no wireless connection. Information follows:
root@vaio:~# ifconfig
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:16:6F:41:24:CE
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:1538 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:462 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
          Interrupt:217 Base address:0x6000 Memory:b0006000-b0006fff

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:9 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:9 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:721 (721.0 b)  TX bytes:721 (721.0 b)
It looks OK, but doesn't work. I can't even ping the router:
root@vaio:~# ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
From icmp_seq=3 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=4 Destination Host Unreachable

--- ping statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 0 received, +2 errors, 100% packet loss, time 4003ms, pipe 2

root@vaio:~# route
Kernel IP routeing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface        *            U     0      0        0 eth1
default         UG    0      0        0 eth1
If I bring eth1 down then up again, either through the Network Settings GUI or like this, it works:
root@vaio:~# ifdown eth1
root@vaio:~# ifup -v eth1
Configuring interface eth1=eth1 (inet)
run-parts --verbose /etc/network/if-pre-up.d
run-parts: executing /etc/network/if-pre-up.d/wireless-tools
run-parts: executing /etc/network/if-pre-up.d/wpasupplicant
wpa_supplicant: ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
wpa_supplicant: guessing wpa-driver type of "wext" for eth1
wpa_supplicant: /sbin/wpa_supplicant -B -P /var/run/ -i eth1 -C /var/run/wpa_supplicant -D wext
Starting /sbin/wpa_supplicant...
wpa_supplicant: ctrl_interface socket located at /var/run/wpa_supplicant/eth1
wpa_supplicant: configuring new network block "0"wpa_supplicant: wpa-ssid : OK
wpa_supplicant: wpa-passphrase : OK
wpa_supplicant: enabling network 0 : OK

ifconfig eth1 netmask broadcast up
 route add default gw  eth1
run-parts --verbose /etc/network/if-up.d
run-parts: executing /etc/network/if-up.d/mountnfs
run-parts: executing /etc/network/if-up.d/ntpdate
root@vaio:~# route
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface        *            U     0      0        0 eth1
default         www.routerlogin         UG    0      0        0 eth1
root@vaio:~#  ping -c 1
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=238 time=26.8 ms

--- ping statistics ---
1 packets transmitted, 1 received, 0% packet loss, time 0ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 26.843/26.843/26.843/0.000 ms
My /etc/network/interfaces file:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

iface eth0 inet static

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static
wpa-passphrase issecret
wpa-ssid Routerssid
wireless-channel 11

auto eth2
iface eth2 inet dhcp

auto ath0
iface ath0 inet dhcp

auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp

What am I doing wrong? Why won't eth1 come up at boot?
And where did "www.routerlogin" in the route table come from?


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