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Old 02-03-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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Unhappy Wireless startup issues.


I have a Dell Latitude D410 that I have had Kubuntu 7.x working on just great. I then upgraded to 8.1. and that is where trouble began. The wireless did not work!. To get the wireless to now work I have to do sudo iwconfig eth1 essid " gateway name" and you know the rest. What happened in this distro. Why doesn't it discover the wireless properly. I have to use the ipw200 drivers and they are all there. Some help needed.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 07:41 AM   #2
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Yes,something is wrong with the wireless.I am looking for a way to resolve this.I had to manually install the driver,configure the kernel etc. etc. and now I "only" have to enter my WPA key every time I want to connect,because at the moment I'm not sure why it doesn't remember the key.I've installed Ubuntu 8.04.2 on my laptop yesterday just to try it out and I'm not too much happy so far.
I think that I had my first freez on Linux yesterday,if I remember correctly.Well,that did bring some memories back,bad memories from the Winblows days.
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I had to use ath_pci driver to make things start to work.With ath5-zero,nada.It's blacklisted now.
Wireless and Network GUI for that matter is a disaster.

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Old 02-06-2009, 12:41 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by alan_ri View Post
I've installed Ubuntu 8.04.2 on my laptop yesterday just to try it out and I'm not too much happy so far...

I had to use ath_pci driver to make things start to work.With ath5-zero,nada.It's blacklisted now.
Wireless GUI and Network for that matter is a disaster.
You might consider upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10 and installing the linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic package. See this:
http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/rele...20by%20default
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If you have an Atheros device that does not work with madwifi, you will want to install the linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic package, which includes an updated version of the ath5k driver. While not installed by default, this linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic package is included on the Ubuntu 8.10 CD and DVD images for ease of installation.
 
Old 02-06-2009, 06:59 AM   #4
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tommcd,
That was very useful info.I'm glad that this problem is recognized,it's just that I didn't search for the solutions too much,because,as I've said,I've installed 8.04.2 a few days ago.Now I wonder will that driver work on Hardy or maybe there is a package available for it somewhere.It would be good to know that there is,since lots of people might have issues with the wireless on Hardy.I guess that this was reported to launchpad.
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I've resolved my problem completly with the wicd wireless manager.That is one great app.I recommend it to everyone who might have some wireless issues.

Last edited by alan_ri; 02-06-2009 at 07:10 AM. Reason: adding info
 
Old 02-06-2009, 09:23 PM   #5
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Now I wonder will that driver work on Hardy or maybe there is a package available for it somewhere.It would be good to know that there is,since lots of people might have issues with the wireless on Hardy.
There is a linux-backports-modules-hardy-generic package that will get Hardy on updated modules:
http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy-upd...-hardy-generic
but the package will not be as up to date as the one for Intrepid. Hardy is a LTS release, so long term stability takes priority over up to date packages.
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I've resolved my problem completly with the wicd wireless manager.That is one great app.I recommend it to everyone who might have some wireless issues.
The fact that you solved the problem with wicd means that your problem was not due to faulty drivers, as wicd does not install any drivers, it just helps you manage wireless networks better. The linux-backports-modules-hardy-generic package may still give you updated drivers though.
 
Old 02-06-2009, 09:46 PM   #6
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The fact that you solved the problem with wicd means that your problem was not due to faulty drivers, as wicd does not install any drivers, it just helps you manage wireless networks better. The linux-backports-modules-hardy-generic package may still give you updated drivers though.
You didn't understand me.The only problem that was not resolved was that I had to enter manually my WPA key every time I wanted to connect and wicd resolved that.I've been on the wicd forums and wicd developer gave me a very good explanation about how wicd deals with wireless encryption.It's something that is missing in the HH.

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Old 02-07-2009, 06:57 AM   #7
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I know this is solved, but did lspci identify your wireless device as AR242x?

IGF
 
Old 02-07-2009, 07:32 AM   #8
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I know this is solved, but did lspci identify your wireless device as AR242x?
Hi Indy,
Yes it did,why do you ask?

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05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
Subsystem: Askey Computer Corp. Unknown device 7106
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
Memory at f0800000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [50] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: [60] Express Legacy Endpoint IRQ 0
Capabilities: [90] MSI-X: Enable- Mask- TabSize=1
 
Old 02-07-2009, 11:55 AM   #9
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To permanently set connection security for a particular SSID right click the networking icon in the applet bar and select edit connection.
 
Old 02-07-2009, 07:27 PM   #10
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Hi Indy,
Yes it did,why do you ask?
Just curious... I had a lot of problems w/ that device in Hardy(I have two laptops w/ that device)... Even madwifi was extremely problematic. I ended up finding and assisting w/ a patched version of madwifi, that makes it work perfectly. I've actually kept it in the event I run into someone w/ Hardy having issues w/ that chipset.

Intrepid, the device is easy, just install the backports, restart, and you're good to go.

and yes, wicd is awesome.

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