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Old 04-18-2010, 03:08 AM   #16
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Well, maybe another clue. The client list in the router setup is listing "bob-laptop1" with its HWaddr and a hostname of "Sprocket". It also shows "bob-laptop" with its HWaddr and a hosthane of "Sprocket".

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Old 04-18-2010, 03:35 AM   #17
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Not being a networking expert I don't have clue what most of this means, but I run:

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wpa_supplicant -du -Dwext -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
It produces line after line of fast moving text, but some of the pertinent ones look like this:

Quote:
WPA: Invalid EAPOL-Key MIC when using TPTK - ignoring TPTK
WPA: Could not verify EAPOL-Key MIC - dropping packet
wpa_driver_wext_set_operstate: operstate 0-> (DORMANT)
WEXT: Operstate: linkmode=-1, operstate=5
wpa_driver_wext_deauthenticate
No keys have been configured - skip key clearing
EAPOL: External notification - portEnabled=0
EAPOL: SUPP_PAE enterning state DISCONNECTED
It repeats this many times until I press Control-c to stop it. Also, I tried changing the name of the DHCPHOSTNAME to the laptop hostname and it made no difference.

Does anyone know what this output means?

Bob
 
Old 04-18-2010, 03:42 AM   #18
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Well, maybe another clue. After making the DHCP hostname change and rebooting, I checked the client list in the router and the laptop is list with an IP address of 192.168.1.37! But Slack dropped the IP address and assigned the failed address of 169.254.181.78. What in the world could be going on?

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Old 04-18-2010, 04:23 AM   #19
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Tried another wireless card that used the zd1211 module. Loaded the module fine, but same result as the other card, so it is not a driver issue.

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Old 04-18-2010, 04:43 AM   #20
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iwconfig on the working machine and the failed machine are the same except as follows:

working machine:

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Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Encryption keyff
Power Managementff
Link Quality=70/70 Signal level=-38 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
The machine I cannot connect with:

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Encryption key: XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX Security modepen Fragment thr=2352 B
This might also be a clue.

I apologize for replying to my own posts but it is an effort provide as much information as I can to an expert who may recognize what the problem is.

Bob
 
Old 04-18-2010, 05:56 AM   #21
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A couple of years ago I had a brand new router that took me six months to realise it was faulty... changed to an old spare one ... problem solved. !
 
Old 04-18-2010, 06:00 AM   #22
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A couple of years ago I had a brand new router that took me six months to realise it was faulty... changed to an old spare one ... problem solved. !
Thank, I had considered that. But it works with every other distro and is currently working fine with four other machines. Not the router. I think I have narrowed it down to this problem:

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WPA: Invalid EAPOL-key when using TPIK - ignoring TPIK
But, I have no idea how to fix it or whether I ever will be able to.

Thanks for the reply.

Bob

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Old 04-18-2010, 06:50 AM   #23
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Hardware resetting

What about resetting the hardware to factory defaults... ! sorry if my guessing is useless ! but sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.
 
Old 04-18-2010, 06:58 AM   #24
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...and does your lappy connect with no encryption, sans wpa...?

I've been following your threads and have always had a niggling suspicion about wpa_supplicant and its ilk (what kept me from responding were a)the issue occurs with *wired* connections, as well and b)i figured a wireless guru might have chimed in.) However, I seem to recall past issues specifically with wpa (though none have ever affected me, and I can't point you to any thread in particular....)

cheers,
 
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What about resetting the hardware to factory defaults... ! sorry if my guessing is useless ! but sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.
Thank you for your help. I did that already. No dice.

Bob
 
Old 04-18-2010, 07:20 AM   #26
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...and does your lappy connect with no encryption, sans wpa...?

I've been following your threads and have always had a niggling suspicion about wpa_supplicant and its ilk (what kept me from responding were a)the issue occurs with *wired* connections, as well and b)i figured a wireless guru might have chimed in.) However, I seem to recall past issues specifically with wpa (though none have ever affected me, and I can't point you to any thread in particular....)

cheers,
Thanks for your reply. I have tried disabling the security on the router and I get the same errors. I have found dozens of forum posts about this issue on the net now that I have dug deep. It's amazing to me that not ONE of these posts had ever had a solution. I don't recall a linux issue that was unresolvable, and I suspect that there is an answer to this one as well, but whether I will ever find it I am beginning to doubt. However, the point is close to being moot. I was trying to revive this laptop for my wife and finally get her to "trust" Linux. Windows will not run on it in any usuable way, no other Linux distrobution will handle the graphics, so if I cannot get this fixed, the laptop will go on the trash heap. Pity, though, I think there would have been a few years of life left in it.

I may try to download the -current .iso and install that. If that fails, it's the trash heap.

Bob
 
Old 04-18-2010, 07:26 AM   #27
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...if that fails, it's the trash heap...
noooooooooooooo!!

seriously, I'll be in the UK in early June, and I could use it...(one of my projects is reviving old stuff and giving it away, spreading the linux *love* virus; just starting a program with a local first nations group...)

cheers,
 
Old 04-18-2010, 07:57 AM   #28
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noooooooooooooo!!

seriously, I'll be in the UK in early June, and I could use it...(one of my projects is reviving old stuff and giving it away, spreading the linux *love* virus; just starting a program with a local first nations group...)

cheers,
Yes, that is a little extreme. It does still work with live cd's (with a network connection, I might add).

You are probably right about wpa_supplicant. When I run it, it associates, connects and then just hangs, no further output at all.

Bob
 
Old 04-18-2010, 08:27 AM   #29
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You are probably right about wpa_supplicant. When I run it, it associates, connects and then just hangs, no further output at all.
That's normal. Now open a second terminal and do 'dhcpcd wlan0' or whichever interface you are using.
 
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That's normal. Now open a second terminal and do 'dhcpcd wlan0' or whichever interface you are using.
Thanks

same result

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option 43 has zero length
      failed to parse packet
 
  


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