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    Default Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    Just installed 11.3 on an aging IBM Thinkpad X40. But the network (and xdm) does not work. I saw in the logs the cryptic message

    nl80211 driver does not support authentication/association or connect commands

    This machine worked on 10.3, so this is a confusuion.

    What should I try next?

    ==John ff

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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    jpff wrote:
    > What should I try next?


    i'd suggest you try methodically working through the three 'stickies'
    at the top of this page:
    http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...here/wireless/

    and, then if you still have no luck post again, but include the info
    requested in the "Welcome" sticky...

    there are some folks who hang here who can help you--if you can't
    figure it out i'm sure..

    oh, one thing most might also ask is: how did you get from 10.3 to
    11.3? format install, or upgrade in place..
    DVD, CD, what?

    hmmmmmm....by "xdm) does not work" are you saying X is not starting?
    if so, that is different issue and one which should be covered in
    install-boot-login (and is maybe easily cleared...but, i don't know
    how...there are those there who do know)

    --
    DenverD
    CAVEAT: http://is.gd/bpoMD [posted via NNTP w/openSUSE 10.3]

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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    Post result of:

    /sbin/lspci -nnk
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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    On 07/26/2010 12:06 PM, jpff wrote:
    >
    > Just installed 11.3 on an aging IBM Thinkpad X40. But the network (and
    > xdm) does not work. I saw in the logs the cryptic message
    >
    > nl80211 driver does not support authentication/association or connect
    > commands
    >
    > This machine worked on 10.3, so this is a confusuion.
    >
    > What should I try next?


    Please report your wireless device from the output of "/sbin/lspci -nnk". I
    think this message arises because the driver for your device does not use
    mac80211 and nl80211.

    Are you using ifup? If so, I just found a bug in ifup-wireless for devices that
    do not use nl80211. It is reported (Bug 625403) and a fix posted there, but it
    will take some time to propagate a fix.

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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Post result of:

    /sbin/lspci -nnk
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O
    Controller [8086:3580] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad R50e [1014:055c]
    Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    00:00.1 System peripheral [0880]: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor
    to I/O Controller [8086:3584] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad R50e [1014:055d]
    00:00.3 System peripheral [0880]: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor
    to I/O Controller [8086:3585] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad R50e [1014:055e]
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graph
    ics Device [8086:3582] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: IBM Device [1014:0557]
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Dev
    ice [8086:3582] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: IBM Device [1014:0557]
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) US
    B UHCI Controller #1 [8086:24c2] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad [1014:052d]
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) US
    B UHCI Controller #2 [8086:24c4] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad [1014:052d]
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) US
    B UHCI Controller #3 [8086:24c7] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad [1014:052d]
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Con
    troller [8086:24cd] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad [1014:052e]
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 81
    )
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge [808
    6:24cc] (rev 01)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller [8086:2
    4ca] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad [1014:052d]
    Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Contr
    oller [8086:24c3] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad [1014:052d]
    Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4
    -L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:24c5] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: IBM Device [1014:0558]
    Kernel driver in use: Intel ICH
    00:1f.6 Modem [0703]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem
    Controller [8086:24c6] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: IBM Device [1014:055a]
    Kernel driver in use: Intel ICH Modem
    02:00.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II [1180:0476] (rev 8d)
    Subsystem: IBM Device [1014:0555]
    Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
    02:00.1 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter
    [1180:0822] (rev 13)
    Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad X60s / Z60t [1014:0556]
    Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
    02:01.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82541GI Gigabit Ethernet Controlle
    r [8086:1077]
    Subsystem: IBM Device [1014:055b]
    Kernel driver in use: e1000
    02:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Net
    work Connection [8086:4220] (rev 05)
    Subsystem: Intel Corporation IBM ThinkPad R50e [8086:2712]
    Kernel driver in use: ipw2200

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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    On 07/26/2010 12:06 PM, jpff wrote:[color=blue]
    Are you using ifup? If so, I just found a bug in ifup-wireless for devices that
    do not use nl80211. It is reported (Bug 625403) and a fix posted there, but it
    will take some time to propagate a fix.
    I use traditional systems like ifconfig/ifup. Minimal GUI stuff

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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    On 07/27/2010 03:36 AM, jpff wrote:[color=blue]
    >
    > lwfinger;2196522 Wrote:
    >> On 07/26/2010 12:06 PM, jpff wrote:
    >> Are you using ifup? If so, I just found a bug in ifup-wireless for
    >> devices that
    >> do not use nl80211. It is reported (Bug 625403) and a fix posted there,
    >> but it
    >> will take some time to propagate a fix.

    >
    > I use traditional systems like ifconfig/ifup. Minimal GUI stuff


    Apparently, your configuration has not been tested and fails. As root, please
    make the following change to /etc/sysconfig/network/scripts/ifup-wireless

    Find the line that says "ipw2200|ipw2100|ipw3945|hostap_*)" and change to
    "ipw3945|hostap_*)". Immediately before that, insert the following block:

    ipw2200|ipw2100)
    WPA_DRIVER=wext
    ;;

    These changes will cause the ipw2X00 units to use wext rather than nl80211,
    which will restore the behavior of 10.3.

    Please report back on the success/failure of this change. It was not part of the
    fix I sent earlier and will need to be submitted if it helps.

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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    On 07/27/2010 03:36 AM, jpff wrote:[color=blue]

    Find the line that says "ipw2200|ipw2100|ipw3945|hostap_*)" and change to
    "ipw3945|hostap_*)". Immediately before that, insert the following block:

    ipw2200|ipw2100)
    WPA_DRIVER=wext
    ;;

    These changes will cause the ipw2X00 units to use wext rather than nl80211,
    which will restore the behavior of 10.3.

    Please report back on the success/failure of this change. It was not part of the
    fix I sent earlier and will need to be submitted if it helps.
    I made that change but it did not seem to give a working system, but the messages are different!

    Setting up (remotefs) network interfaces:
    eth1 device: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network
    Connection (rev 05)
    eth1 starting wpa_supplicant
    ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument
    ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument
    eth1 IP address: 172.16.4.17/24
    eth1

    All the problems remain.

    Am I hitting some change in authentication in the network code?

    I will try again, but there are physical problems with the attempt.
    The other problems like the long delay in booting after the message imapd and the non-functioning xdm get in the way
    ==John ff

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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    Just tried again with a full power cycle and i seem to have wireless back.
    Thanks

    Now onto th eother problems

    ==John ff

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    Default Re: Wireless failing to start on Thinkpad X40

    On 07/28/2010 03:36 AM, jpff wrote:
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    > Just tried again with a full power cycle and i seem to have wireless
    > back.
    > Thanks
    >
    > Now onto th eother problems


    As it seems that the fix to ifup-wireless helped, I'll add that change to my fix
    and push it as well.

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