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    Default Acer Aspire One - wireless problem

    Hello there,

    I am trying to "fix" an aspire one computer, and it is not going well.

    I have installed OpenSUSE 11.2 from a usb. I plugged a LAN-connection to get all updates and followed the guide on Acer Aspire One - openSUSE

    The wireless would still not work. I then downloaded some "acer aspire one patches" but I have removed these again as they did not help. Also I downloaded the "broadcom-wl". Nothing seems to work.

    The computer can find the wireless connection which is secured with WPA. But when I try to connect it just says "receiving network address" (or something familiar) and stops.

    There are two more problems with the computer:
    - right clicking does not seem to work anymore?
    - when starting the computer, it freezes and I can only move on by logging off and on again.

    I have searched on your forums and on google, and all my problems seem to be well known. Though I have not found any solutions yet.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Acer Aspire One - wireless problem

    Your other problems are likely as a result of your happily installing this and that willy nilly.

    Open a terminal and post the result of

    Code:
    /sbin/lspci -nnk
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    Default Re: Acer Aspire One - wireless problem

    Well that is my thought too. Also I've read that the freezing-problem is due to some bug in flash in firefox?

    Here is the text from the terminal:

    Code:
    cecilie@linux-k9nf:~> /sbin/lspci -nnk
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub [8086:27ac] (rev 03)                                                  
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]                   
            Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel                                     
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27ae] (rev 03)                           
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]                   
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27a6] (rev 03)               
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]                   
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller [8086:27d8] (rev 02)                                       
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]                   
            Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel                                         
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:27d0] (rev 02)                                                       
            Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver                                   
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:27d2] (rev 02)                                                       
            Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver                                   
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 [8086:27d4] (rev 02)                                                       
            Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver                                   
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 [8086:27d6] (rev 02)                                                       
            Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver                                   
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:27c8] (rev 02)                                               
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]                   
            Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd                                          
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:27c9] (rev 02)                                               
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]                   
            Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd                                          
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:27ca] (rev 02)                                               
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]                   
            Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd                                          
    00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:27cb] (rev 02)                                               
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]                   
            Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd                                          
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:27cc] (rev 02)                                                 
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]
            Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:27b9] (rev 02)
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]
    00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller [8086:27c4] (rev 02)
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]
            Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:27da] (rev 02)
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]
            Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 02)
            Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:015b]
            Kernel driver in use: r8169
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:001c] (rev 01)
            Subsystem: Foxconn International, Inc. Device [105b:e008]
            Kernel driver in use: ath5k
    Edit:

    I thought this info might be relevant as well:

    Code:
    linux-k9nf:~ # iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wmaster0  no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:""  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Tx-Power=20 dBm                                                   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off              
              Encryption key:off                                                
              Power Management:off                                              
              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          
    
    linux-k9nf:~ # ifconfig
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1E:68:D5:81:45  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1     
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000                        
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)              
              Interrupt:28                                        
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:180 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:180 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
              RX bytes:12096 (11.8 Kb)  TX bytes:12096 (11.8 Kb)
    
    wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:23:4D:20:AF:72
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
    
    wmaster0  Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-23-4D-20-AF-72-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
              UP RUNNING  MTU:0  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

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    Default Re: Acer Aspire One - wireless problem

    So, your wireless device is

    :00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:001c] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Foxconn International, Inc. Device [105b:e008]
    Kernel driver in use: ath5k

    My guess is that kernel driver is correct.

    Can you just try dropping encryption to test it?
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    Default Re: Acer Aspire One - wireless problem

    That seems to solve the problem. Thanks But I would really like to get it working with encryption enabled.

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    Default Re: Acer Aspire One - wireless problem

    It was just that I notice here:
    HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless) - openSUSE
    The driver you have, all show unencrypted checked.

    Rather than use DHCP. Set a number range of LAN IP's for the WLAN and assign each connecting device an IP on thr LAN and If you allow access by MAC access control. This will help secure your network.
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    Ah okay, that might explain why my own laptop (from the 20th century) have to get an ip assigned manually as well. Anyway, it is my sister's computer, so i'll just tell her not to encrypt their network Thanks!

    But what about the right clicking and the freezing? When it freezes it sometimes pops up with a crash-report-window but obviously I can't copy that.

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    Default Re: Acer Aspire One - wireless problem

    Quote Originally Posted by wayn View Post
    Ah okay, that might explain why my own laptop (from the 20th century) have to get an ip assigned manually as well. Anyway, it is my sister's computer, so i'll just tell her not to encrypt their network Thanks!

    But what about the right clicking and the freezing? When it freezes it sometimes pops up with a crash-report-window but obviously I can't copy that.
    I'm away to bed now. But post and tell me if you are kde or gnome and also post result of this

    Code:
    zypper lr -d
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    Code:
    linux-k9nf:~ # zypper lr -d
    # | Alias                                                                             | Name                                                                              | Enabled | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI                                                                               | Service                 
    --+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+---------+---------+----------+--------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+--------                 
    1 | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/anubisg1:/aspireone/openSUSE_11.2 | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/anubisg1:/aspireone/openSUSE_11.2 | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/anubisg1:/aspireone/openSUSE_11.2 |
    2 | repo-debug                                                                        | openSUSE-11.2-Debug                                                               | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/                    |
    3 | repo-non-oss                                                                      | openSUSE-11.2-Non-Oss                                                             | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/non-oss/                      |
    4 | repo-oss                                                                          | openSUSE-11.2-Oss                                                                 | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/                          |
    5 | repo-source                                                                       | openSUSE-11.2-Source                                                              | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/                   |
    6 | repo-update                                                                       | openSUSE-11.2-Update                                                              | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.2/
    As what I can remember I have downloaded some packages named:
    acerfand
    acerhk-kmp (desktop, debug, xen, default, pae)
    aspireone-main-settings
    aspireone-main-settings-s2ram
    acer aspire one main confg ram2

    But I have removed all of them again. Likewise I have edited the etc/sysctl.conf according to the guide mentioned in my first post.

    The system is installed with the Live KDE.

    I appreciate your help

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    Default Re: Acer Aspire One - wireless problem

    Just ignore my previous post (well most of it). I decided to install opensuse again (still kde) - formatting the old installation. The network works, but it still freezes after startup, and the right-clicking is still disabled somehow.

    And this time I installed only the recommended updates. The problems seemed to be there at first startup though. I remember that last time I installed opensuse I _could_ use the right-click.

    Here is the code again:
    Code:
    linux-ln3r:~ # zypper lr -d
    # | Alias        | Name                  | Enabled | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI                                                             | Service
    --+--------------+-----------------------+---------+---------+----------+--------+-----------------------------------------------------------------+--------
    1 | repo-debug   | openSUSE-11.2-Debug   | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/  |
    2 | repo-non-oss | openSUSE-11.2-Non-Oss | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/non-oss/    |
    3 | repo-oss     | openSUSE-11.2-Oss     | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/        |
    4 | repo-source  | openSUSE-11.2-Source  | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/ |
    5 | repo-update  | openSUSE-11.2-Update  | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.2/

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