LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Debian
User Name
Password
Debian This forum is for the discussion of Debian Linux.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 03-25-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
SentralOrigin
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Gentoo, Ubuntu
Posts: 318

Rep: Reputation: 30
Wireless not working during Debian install


I have a Linksys WPC55AG (atheros-chip) wireless card, so I expected an ath0 interface. I booted up the latest stable Debian CD, and during the Debian install, it lists my eth0 ethernet connection and wlan0, which I assumed was the wireless. I selected the wireless, and it asked me to enter the ESSID and WEP, which I did. But when it was running the DHCP client, it could not establish a connection. I rebooted back into Ubuntu, and input my ESSID/WEP pass into my wireless connection, and it worked fine. Why won't the wireless connection work during the Debian install?

Last edited by SentralOrigin; 03-25-2009 at 03:31 PM.
 
Old 03-25-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
watcher69b
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2007
Location: /home/watcher69b
Distribution: RH, Fedora & CentOS
Posts: 550

Rep: Reputation: 40
try it with a static IP or with WEP turned off on the router.
 
Old 03-25-2009, 02:58 PM   #3
SentralOrigin
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Gentoo, Ubuntu
Posts: 318

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
I tried those. Still doesn't work.

But when I select the wlan0 device, and it says it's searching for broadcasting networks, it says there are no wireless networks found or it failed or something like that when in fact with a quick iwlist ath0 scanning in Ubuntu, there shows several networks broadcasting. Maybe I have to load a driver or some module after I boot up the Debian CD then try the install? I mean, it shows the correct AR5413 device or whatever (I forget the number) next to wlan0 when the network configuration screen begins

Last edited by SentralOrigin; 03-25-2009 at 03:32 PM.
 
Old 03-25-2009, 03:34 PM   #4
farslayer
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Northeast Ohio
Distribution: linuxdebian
Posts: 7,243
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 190Reputation: 190
Install using a Wired connection then configure the ath5k Driver for wireless.

http://wiki.debian.org/ath5k

That might possibly be the right driver since you seem to have forgotten the device number..

Last edited by farslayer; 03-25-2009 at 03:36 PM.
 
Old 03-25-2009, 03:38 PM   #5
SentralOrigin
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Gentoo, Ubuntu
Posts: 318

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
I'm doing this over wireless because I don't have a 200 ft. ethernet cable readily available and it'd be a hassle to move all the computer stuff upstairs just for this and I can't bring the modem/router downstairs because of the cable cord that comes out from the wall which there is none down here.

Hold on, I'll reboot with the Debian CD and write down the device
 
Old 03-25-2009, 03:48 PM   #6
SentralOrigin
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Gentoo, Ubuntu
Posts: 318

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
wlan0: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5413 802.11abg NIC (wireless

I thought drivers like these would be included with the install CD (I'm using the netinstall CD [not the business card one, the larger one])

Last edited by SentralOrigin; 03-25-2009 at 03:50 PM.
 
Old 03-25-2009, 04:00 PM   #7
frenchn00b
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2007
Location: E.U., Mountains :-)
Distribution: Debian, Etch, the greatest
Posts: 2,546

Rep: Reputation: 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by SentralOrigin View Post
I have a Linksys WPC55AG (atheros-chip) wireless card, so I expected an ath0 interface. I booted up the latest stable Debian CD, and during the Debian install, it lists my eth0 ethernet connection and wlan0, which I assumed was the wireless. I selected the wireless, and it asked me to enter the ESSID and WEP, which I did. But when it was running the DHCP client, it could not establish a connection. I rebooted back into Ubuntu, and input my ESSID/WEP pass into my wireless connection, and it worked fine. Why won't the wireless connection work during the Debian install?
that 's why backported debian, exists:
http://kmuto.jp/debian/d-i/

Enjoy this, your wireless will work like a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kmuto is the best !!
 
Old 03-25-2009, 04:00 PM   #8
frenchn00b
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2007
Location: E.U., Mountains :-)
Distribution: Debian, Etch, the greatest
Posts: 2,546

Rep: Reputation: 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by frenchn00b View Post
that 's why backported debian, exists:
http://kmuto.jp/debian/d-i/

Enjoy this, your wireless will work like a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kmuto is the best !!
if it works, please dont forget to send him an email to tell him and thank him!!
 
Old 03-25-2009, 04:17 PM   #9
SentralOrigin
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Gentoo, Ubuntu
Posts: 318

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Okay, so I just installed Debian with no internet, and when I booted into Debian, I was able to connect to my wireless network with dhclient just fine.

I wonder why it didn't work during the install.

Last edited by SentralOrigin; 03-25-2009 at 04:42 PM.
 
Old 03-29-2009, 07:08 AM   #10
urentity
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Posts: 48

Rep: Reputation: 15
Hi SentralOrigin,

I'm having similar problems, I also used the netinstall CD ... can you say which tool you used to set the WEP? I normally use iwconfig family of tools, but they don't seem to be installed.

Cheers.
 
Old 04-02-2009, 03:03 PM   #11
zebrose
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 9

Rep: Reputation: 0
I am having the same problem. In my case it seems like the driver isn't interacting with the hw switch on the acer Aspire 5515. gnome Network Monitor lists the interface as disabled. I tried unpluging the wired connection and using dhclient - with no luck. I have the ath5k driver. Below are listings from /etc/network/interfaces and the results from iwconfig,lspci | grep "Wireless", iwlist

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

#cat /etc/network/interfaces
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp


iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless-key s:mypasskey
wireless-essid myssid

auto wlan0

iwconfig gives my the following

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:"myssid"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
Encryption keyff
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

#lspci | grep "Wireless"

02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

#iwlist scanning
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0 No scan results
 
Old 04-02-2009, 11:33 PM   #12
farslayer
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Northeast Ohio
Distribution: linuxdebian
Posts: 7,243
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 190Reputation: 190
Zebros

I do not believe ath5k is the proper driver for your wireles chip in Debian.. you need the madwifi openhal driver. (worked for my Acer Aspire One.)

http://madwifi-project.org/ticket/1192

Persaonally I do not like network manager and it doesn't work properly with the OpenHAL driver, so I would remove it and install wicd
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
debian 5 wireless not working JET-33 Linux - Hardware 4 03-06-2009 06:56 AM
Intel Wireless 3945ABG Wireless NIC card not working after 8.04 clean install creature124 Linux - Hardware 4 05-03-2008 11:58 AM
Debian 4.0r3 on Lenovo z61m: looking for wireless drivers; wired only semi-working surfbass Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 03-13-2008 08:25 PM
madwifi under debian sarge smc wireless card not working! closetosomethingreal Linux - Wireless Networking 0 11-10-2005 10:46 PM
can't get ma111 wireless working in debian locn Debian 1 05-20-2004 05:37 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Debian

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:35 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration