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Old 10-06-2006, 08:33 AM   #1
DonaldUK
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wifi connection


Hello,

I'm running Slackware 10.2, kernel 2.4.31 on my laptop. I have it set up to connect to the Internet through a router at home, and also through wireless, so I can connect at work or on the train. I have a Broadcom wireless chip and set everything up with ndiswrapper.

Mostly it works fine. Just one quirk tough. It will only connect at work through wifi on alternate boots. In other words, I boot into Slackware and the wifi connects. The next time I boot, it does not connect. So I reboot and it connects. The next boot it does not and so on and so on.

While I can live with this, it is annoying. Any ideas what I need to do to put this right?

Donald
 
Old 10-06-2006, 01:54 PM   #2
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That's odd (or is it even)

If you're not changing anything after each reboot on your laptop, then it might be your wireless AP. After a successful connection, powerdown, wait about 5 minutes, then power back up to see if you get a connection again.
 
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Originally Posted by DonaldUK
Hello,

I'm running Slackware 10.2, kernel 2.4.31 on my laptop. I have it set up to connect to the Internet through a router at home, and also through wireless, so I can connect at work or on the train. I have a Broadcom wireless chip and set everything up with ndiswrapper.

Mostly it works fine. Just one quirk tough. It will only connect at work through wifi on alternate boots. In other words, I boot into Slackware and the wifi connects. The next time I boot, it does not connect. So I reboot and it connects. The next boot it does not and so on and so on.

While I can live with this, it is annoying. Any ideas what I need to do to put this right?

Donald
Hi,

When you reboot and don't get a connection, try as root;

Code:
cardctl config         #see the pcmcia device configuration
ifconfig -a            #see the network devices, is the device up with IP
iwlist wlan0 scan      #then check to see what's seen
If you can see scan results from the last command(iwlist wlan0 scan) then your AP is not getting the dhcpd request from you. Maybe the AP lease is short or the MAC is mangled on your interface.

The other problem could be with ndiswrapper, check the lsmod to see if modules are indeed loaded and correct.
 
  


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