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    Default Wireless Connection stuck on activating.

    Recently I've been having problems with connecting to my router with my wireless card. Sometimes knetworkmanager attempts to the connect to my wireless via it's saved profile but it just stays on "Activating" for about 45 seconds then just stops. This only started happening a few days ago, so maybe the new kernel update has something to do with it?

    I've tried to debugging the problem myself and have found if I reboot my router knetworkmanager can connect immediately to the wireless router, but also something interesting I found was is I assigned a IP Address and DNS manually on the saved profile it would connect with no problem (No reboot of router required), so it is indicating there is a problem with getting network settings.

    I've confirmed that the wireless card is not hard or soft blocked through rfkill.

    I was using the box standard ath5k driver when this problem started happening and even went as far as a complete reinstall but ironically enough on first boot from a fresh install my wireless could not connect with the problem described above. I've since moved to the compat-wireless drivers but the problem remains.

    I checked a couple of logs, one log file of significance was the wpa_suppliment log which was full of these messages:

    From all my debugging I can only assume that the kernel update is a possible cause for all of this as the problem occurring on first boot of a fresh install sounds like a general bug.

    I've got all of the requested information about my wireless card below, hope I've got everything:

    lspci output

    07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
    lspci -n output:

    07:00.0 0200: 168c:001c (rev 01)
    dmesg | less output:

    [ 9.651213] ath5k 0000:07:00.0: PCI INT A -> Link[Z012] -> GSI 23 (level, low) -> IRQ 23
    [ 9.651226] ath5k 0000:07:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [ 9.651314] ath5k 0000:07:00.0: registered as 'phy0'
    [ 10.676662] ath5k phy0: Atheros AR2425 chip found (MAC: 0xe2, PHY: 0x70)
    openSUSE Specs:

    openSUSE 11.4 32 bit (2.6.37.6-0.5-desktop)
    ath5k driver from compat-wireless (Built from source compat-wireless-2011-04-30.tar.bz2)

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    Default Re: Wireless Connection stuck on activating.

    I couldn't fit anymore debug info in as the forums limit prevented me from doing so. Hope I got the important stuff!

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    Default Re: Wireless Connection stuck on activating.

    Managed to get the remaining info added! Sorry that the threads gone across two parts, kept getting a error on forum image/video limit had been exceeded?!

    wpa_suppliment log info which I had to remove from the original post:

    Code:
    Trying to associate with 94:44:52:d5:90:7c (SSID='James' freq=2417 MHz)
    Associated with 94:44:52:d5:90:7c
    WPA: Key negotiation completed with 94:44:52:d5:90:7c [PTK=CCMP GTK=TKIP]
    CTRL-EVENT-CONNECTED - Connection to 94:44:52:d5:90:7c completed (reauth) [id=0 id_str=]
    CTRL-EVENT-DISCONNECTED bssid=00:00:00:00:00:00 reason=0
    iwconfig:

    Code:
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.417 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
    iwlist scan:

    Code:
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 94:44:52:D5:90:7C
                        Channel:2
                        Frequency:2.417 GHz (Channel 2)
                        Quality=70/70  Signal level=-40 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"James"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                                  18 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=00000006e1e6e154
                        Extra: Last beacon: 914ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 00054A616D6573
                        IE: Unknown: 010882848B961224486C
                        IE: Unknown: 030102
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0104
                        IE: Unknown: 32040C183060
                        IE: Unknown: 2D1AEE1113FFFF0000010000000000000000000000000C0000000000
                        IE: Unknown: 3D1602050000000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: 3E0100
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : TKIP CCMP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : TKIP CCMP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101000003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F00
                        IE: Unknown: 7F0101
                        IE: Unknown: DD07000C4307000000
                        IE: Unknown: DD1E00904C33EE1113FFFF0000010000000000000000000000000C0000000000
                        IE: Unknown: DD1A00904C3402050000000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: DDA90050F204104A0001101044000102103B00010310470010775B6680BFDE11D38D2F944452D5907C1021001442656C6B696E20496E7465726E6174696F6E616C102300114E20576972656C65737320526F757465721024000C463544383233362D342076331042000E32303034353832333630323235381054000800060050F20400011011001842656C6B696E204E20576972656C65737320526F7574657210080002008C103C000101
    Last edited by jmwhite19; 06-May-2011 at 01:52. Reason: Added more info

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