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    salsanev NNTP User

    Default Another "wireless not working" problem

    Boy do I need help on this one.

    OK.....I'll be much more specific. I've have a dual boot Fujitsu Siemens Laptop (XP, Partition 1 & Novell SLED, Partion 2). The wired ethernet connection works fine and I can access the internet. However problems occur when I try to use the wirelss connection which otherwise works fine under XP.

    Here are some details of the problem:

    1. Make and model of the wireless device:
    00:0b.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

    2. Driver version in use - Copied from the Windows system directory to a linux directory in an earlier attempt to sort this out. However I do not know where it is currently installed
    bcmwl5.inf

    3. Linux Kernel & Novell SLED version:
    Linux version 2.6.16.27-0.6-smp
    Novell SLED 10.2

    4. Error messages - None that I can see or work out

    5. What have i done to rectify this problem:
    First up. I made sure NDIS Wrapper was installed. I installed the version that came with the distro via YAST
    ndiswrapper-kmp-smp 1.10_2.6 16 21_0.8-19.2 i586
    I've deleted and reinstalled the WLAN 0 interface via YAST

    6. I've run the following commands (logged in as root su. Output is listed:

    linux-u4t1:/home/nevski # lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 645xx (rev 51)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)
    00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS963 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 14)
    00:02.1 SMBus: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS961/2 SMBus Controller
    00:02.3 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] FireWire Controller
    00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE]
    00:02.6 Modem: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Modem Controller (rev a0)
    00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Sound Controller (rev a0)
    00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)
    00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)
    00:03.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)
    00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
    00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet (rev 91)
    00:09.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711M1/MC1 4-in-1 MemoryCardBus Controller (rev 20)
    00:09.1 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711M1/MC1 4-in-1 MemoryCardBus Controller (rev 20)
    00:09.2 System peripheral: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711Mx 4-in-1 MemoryCardBus Accelerator
    00:0b.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10]


    dmesg | less

    Having run the above command this is the output pertaining to the wireless driver and ndis wrapper. I see no reference to the chipset e.g.
    04:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 01) - taken from "My wireless does'nt work primer"

    ndiswrapper: module not supported by Novell, setting U taint flag.
    ndiswrapper version 1.10 loaded (preempt=no,smp=yes)
    device-mapper: 4.5.0-ioctl (2005-10-04) initialised: dm-devel@redhat.com
    dm-netlink version 0.0.2 loaded
    ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5 (Broadcom,12/29/2002, 3.10.36.0) loaded
    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:0b.0[A] -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 177
    ndiswrapper: using irq 177
    wlan0: vendor: ''
    wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:90:4b:18:26:c9 using driver bcmwl5, 14E4:4301.5.conf
    ndiswrapper (set_auth_mode:694): setting auth mode to 3 failed (C0010015)
    wlan0: encryption modes supported: none

    These are the wireless devices this command found.

    linux-u4t1:/home/nevski # iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:off/any
    Mode:Ad-Hoc Frequency:2.462 GHz Cell: Not-Associated
    Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Tx-Power:14 dBm
    RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
    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

    sit0 no wireless extensions.

    The cell I wish to connect to is IGLOO45
    linux-u4t1:/home/nevski # iwlist scan
    lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

    eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

    wlan0 Scan completed :
    Cell 01 - Address: 00:18:4D:AB:FB:D4
    ESSID:"IGLOO45"
    Protocol:IEEE 802.11b
    Mode:Managed
    Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
    Quality:0/100 Signal level:-56 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
    Encryption key:on
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
    Extra:bcn_int=100
    Extra:atim=0
    Cell 02 - Address: 00:14:7F:46:BE:50
    ESSID:"BTHomeHub-929E"
    Protocol:IEEE 802.11b
    Mode:Managed
    Frequency:2.442 GHz (Channel 7)
    Quality:0/100 Signal level:-79 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
    Encryption key:on
    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
    24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    Extra:bcn_int=100
    Extra:atim=0

    sit0 Interface doesn't support scanning.


    Things I'd have'nt tried:

    I have downloaded the newest version of NDIS Wrapper 1.53.tar.gz
    however I have no idea how to de-install the old one and install this version.

    Upgraded the firmware. I have no idea whether I should do this (I don't want to mess up my XP wirelss connection) or how !

    My thoughts on this:
    From these last two commands clearly, despite ndiswrapper and the device driver loading ok, (or it seems) the chipset recieves broadcasts but does not associate with the cell.

    I am very stuck at this point and can see no way forward (desperate plea) I would really appreciate some help.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Another "wireless not working" problem

    Have you configured the device in YaST - network devices - network cards ? ( i think that's where it is in sled,haven't used sled myself )

    Andy
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    Default Re: Another "wireless not working" problem

    salsanev wrote:
    > Boy do I need help on this one.
    >
    > OK.....I'll be much more specific. I've have a dual boot Fujitsu
    > Siemens Laptop (XP, Partition 1 & Novell SLED, Partion 2). The wired
    > ethernet connection works fine and I can access the internet. However
    > problems occur when I try to use the wirelss connection which otherwise
    > works fine under XP.
    >
    > Here are some details of the problem:
    >
    > 1. Make and model of the wireless device:
    > 00:0b.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4303 802.11b
    > Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
    >
    > 2. Driver version in use - Copied from the Windows system directory to
    > a linux directory in an earlier attempt to sort this out. However I do
    > not know where it is currently installed
    > bcmwl5.inf
    >
    > 3. Linux Kernel & Novell SLED version:
    > Linux version 2.6.16.27-0.6-smp
    > Novell SLED 10.2
    >
    > 4. Error messages - None that I can see or work out
    >
    > 5. What have i done to rectify this problem:
    > First up. I made sure NDIS Wrapper was installed. I installed the
    > version that came with the distro via YAST
    > ndiswrapper-kmp-smp 1.10_2.6 16 21_0.8-19.2 i586
    > I've deleted and reinstalled the WLAN 0 interface via YAST


    With a kernel this old - it predates any of the open-source drivers
    for bcm43xx devices - you will need to use YaST.

    > 6. I've run the following commands (logged in as root su. Output is
    > listed:
    >
    > linux-u4t1:/home/nevski # lspci
    > 00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 645xx (rev 51)
    > 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS AGP Port
    > (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)
    > 00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS963 [MuTIOL
    > Media IO] (rev 14)
    > 00:02.1 SMBus: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS961/2 SMBus
    > Controller
    > 00:02.3 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] FireWire
    > Controller
    > 00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE]
    > 00:02.6 Modem: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Modem Controller
    > (rev a0)
    > 00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
    > AC'97 Sound Controller (rev a0)
    > 00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0
    > Controller (rev 0f)
    > 00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0
    > Controller (rev 0f)
    > 00:03.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0
    > Controller (rev 0f)
    > 00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0
    > Controller
    > 00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900
    > PCI Fast Ethernet (rev 91)
    > 00:09.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711M1/MC1 4-in-1 MemoryCardBus
    > Controller (rev 20)
    > 00:09.1 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711M1/MC1 4-in-1 MemoryCardBus
    > Controller (rev 20)
    > 00:09.2 System peripheral: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711Mx 4-in-1 MemoryCardBus
    > Accelerator
    > 00:0b.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4303 802.11b
    > Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
    > 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility
    > Radeon 9600 M10]
    >
    >
    > dmesg | less
    >
    > Having run the above command this is the output pertaining to the
    > wireless driver and ndis wrapper. I see no reference to the chipset
    > e.g.
    > 04:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g
    > (rev 01) - taken from "My wireless does'nt work primer"


    No built-in driver will recognize your device, thus no mention in dmesg.

    > ndiswrapper: module not supported by Novell, setting U taint flag.
    > ndiswrapper version 1.10 loaded (preempt=no,smp=yes)
    > device-mapper: 4.5.0-ioctl (2005-10-04) initialised:
    > dm-devel@redhat.com
    > dm-netlink version 0.0.2 loaded
    > ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5 (Broadcom,12/29/2002, 3.10.36.0) loaded
    > ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:0b.0[A] -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 177
    > ndiswrapper: using irq 177
    > wlan0: vendor: ''
    > wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:90:4b:18:26:c9 using driver
    > bcmwl5, 14E4:4301.5.conf
    > ndiswrapper (set_auth_mode:694): setting auth mode to 3 failed
    > (C0010015)
    > wlan0: encryption modes supported: none


    I have no idea what encryption is supported by this old a copy of
    ndiswrapper.

    > These are the wireless devices this command found.
    >
    > linux-u4t1:/home/nevski # iwconfig
    > lo no wireless extensions.
    >
    > eth0 no wireless extensions.
    >
    > wlan0 IEEE 802.11b ESSIDff/any
    > Mode:Ad-Hoc Frequency:2.462 GHz Cell: Not-Associated
    > Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Tx-Power:14 dBm
    > RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
    > 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 cell I wish to connect to is IGLOO45
    > linux-u4t1:/home/nevski # iwlist scan
    > lo Interface doesn't support scanning.
    >
    > eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
    >
    > wlan0 Scan completed :
    > Cell 01 - Address: 00:18:4D:AB:FB4
    > ESSID:"IGLOO45"
    > Protocol:IEEE 802.11b
    > Mode:Managed
    > Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
    > Quality:0/100 Signal level:-56 dBm Noise
    > level:-256 dBm
    > Encryption keyn
    > Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
    > Extra:bcn_int=100
    > Extra:atim=0
    > Cell 02 - Address: 00:14:7F:46:BE:50
    > ESSID:"BTHomeHub-929E"
    > Protocol:IEEE 802.11b
    > Mode:Managed
    > Frequency:2.442 GHz (Channel 7)
    > Quality:0/100 Signal level:-79 dBm Noise
    > level:-256 dBm
    > Encryption keyn
    > Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18
    > Mb/s
    > 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    > Extra:bcn_int=100
    > Extra:atim=0
    >
    > sit0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
    >
    >
    > Things I'd have'nt tried:
    >
    > I have downloaded the newest version of NDIS Wrapper 1.53.tar.gz
    > however I have no idea how to de-install the old one and install this
    > version.
    >
    > Upgraded the firmware. I have no idea whether I should do this (I
    > don't want to mess up my XP wirelss connection) or how !


    First of all, updating the firmware CANNOT have any effect on XP. The
    Windows driver includes firmware, which is reloaded every time the
    driver is restarted. Secondly, no open-source driver will work, thus
    the existence of Broadcom firmware in /lib/firmware is irrelevant.

    > My thoughts on this:
    > From these last two commands clearly, despite ndiswrapper and the
    > device driver loading ok, (or it seems) the chipset recieves broadcasts
    > but does not associate with the cell.
    >
    > I am very stuck at this point and can see no way forward (desperate
    > plea) I would really appreciate some help.


    I know nothing of network connection mechanisms in SLED, but I'm
    pretty sure it will require using the ifup mechanism, which means that
    /etc/sysconfig/ifcfg-wlan0 will be important.

    Larry

  4. #4
    salsanev NNTP User

    Default Re: Another "wireless not working" problem

    Hi Andy

    Thanks for getting back to me. To answer your question. Yes, I have tried setting it up in YAST. I have deleted the WAN 0 interface then reenabled it again. All with no luck. However, lately my system has thrown up a window called "unlock keyring"
    This asks me to "Enter a password for default key ring to unlock", it goes on to say "The application nm-applet (/usr/bin/nm-applet) wants access to the default key ring, but is locked. I don't believe I've set a password for this and have'nt a clue as to want process or subsystem is requesting a password

    Any thoughts.

    Thanks

    Nev

  5. #5
    salsanev NNTP User

    Default Re: Another "wireless not working" problem

    Thanks for your reply Larry.

    I suspected that I had some old software. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do. Upgrade my OS to one with a more recent kernel, Or upgrae NDIS Wrapper ?? What do I do with this command /etc/sysconfig/ifcfg-wlan0. I'm a Linux newbie !!!

    Thanks

    Nev

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    Default Re: Another "wireless not working" problem

    salsanev wrote:
    > Thanks for your reply Larry.
    >
    > I suspected that I had some old software. Do you have any suggestions
    > as to what I can do. Upgrade my OS to one with a more recent kernel, Or
    > upgrae NDIS Wrapper ?? What do I do with this command
    > /etc/sysconfig/ifcfg-wlan0. I'm a Linux newbie !!!


    That is not a command, it is a file.

    I would upgrade to a more recent kernel. If you were to install
    2.6.26, your device would be controlled by the b43legacy driver and
    you would never need to mess around with ndiswrapper again.

    Larry

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