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Old 11-07-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
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Mandriva 2010: Wireless working...then not working,


I'm using Mandriva 2010. on a Dell e6500.
Wireless worked from the Live Disk and after the install. No issues configuring. Connected immediately. (I was psyched!)

Either after a reboot or (maybe) an update, wireless no longer works. The network is "seen" in both Control Center and in the tray applet, but I can't connect. Connectivity very low.

- iwconfig output:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11abgn Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz
Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=15 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Encryption keyff
Power Managementff
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

sit0 no wireless extensions.

- The iwlagn driver is what has worked with this card previously

Output from lspcidrake -v:

iwlagn : Intel Corporation|Wireless WiFi Link 5100 [NETWORK_OTHER] (vendor:8086 device:4232 subv:8086 subd:1321)

lsmod | grep iwlagn

iwlagn 160740 0
iwlcore 175976 1 iwlagn
mac80211 149236 2 iwlagn,iwlcore
cfg80211 89956 3 iwlagn,iwlcore,mac80211

Other odd symptoms:

In the tray applet, when I select to "Manage Wireless Networsk," ten networks are displayed, most are garbled. Only one lists my ssid.

I'm stumped. Something has changed. Thoughts?


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Old 11-07-2009, 09:45 PM   #2
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I've had strange problems like this on some machines when running the kernel from the Mandriva One LiveCD. The LiveCD installs kernel-desktop586 while the Install DVD uses kernel-desktop. I suggest switching to this kernel to give it a try. You can do this by installing the meta package kernel-desktop-latest, as in # urpmi kernel-desktop-latest
Old 11-08-2009, 02:48 PM   #3
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Thank you, Ongte. The step didn't work for me as far as my wireless goes, and I lost my video drivers as a result. But I rolled it back and will consider other kernel options that may help. I'm still puzzled that my wireless worked great from the Live CD and post-install, then something broke. I can see the AP and the connection, but the signal strength is almost nothing and I can't connect.


Thanks for your insight.


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