Inte4965 11.1Rc1 - Can 'see' router but connection times out

(…I originally posted this under network/internet.
as I cannot move posts, I’ve copied the post to the correct forum).

Greetings from Australia!

I have been a very happy OpenSuse (Gnome) user since the release of v11.
When a friend saw OpenSuse he was impressed enough to try it on his laptop.
Unfortunately we couldn’t get a wireless connection.
(We can see our intended connection, but connection fails).
Laptop uses the Intel 4965 chip.

A look through the ‘messages’ file shows the connection attempt times out.
I should point out that we are using the same wireless router used by my laptop.
We understand this is not an OpenSuse problem, as a little reseach tends to indicate there
could be fault in the iwlwifi driver.

Subsequently we have tried several more distro’s, all with the same result.
With the release of OpenSuse 11.1 RC1 we thought the inclusion of the 2.6.27 kernel may do the trick.
Alas no.
We then tried the latest Ubuntu offering, which also uses the 2.6.27 kernel, with the same result.
Interestingly, Mandriva 2009.0 also uses the 2.6.27 kernel, and hey presto, it works !

Is there a chance that Mandriva have discovered the secret?
Is there any way this can be also applied to OpenSuse 11.1?

Some dumps of various commands from OpenSuse 11.1RC1(Gnome) in live mode…

Laptop info : Dell Latitude D630. Intel chip 2Gb, 1Gb Ram

Many thanks for any assistance.


cat /var/log/messages | grep wlan
Nov 28 21:42:30 linux kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55
Nov 28 21:42:30 linux kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55
Nov 28 21:42:30 linux kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55
Nov 28 21:42:31 linux kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55
Nov 28 21:42:31 linux kernel: wlan0: authentication with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55 timed out
Nov 28 21:42:55 linux kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55
Nov 28 21:42:55 linux kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55
Nov 28 21:42:55 linux kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55
Nov 28 21:42:56 linux kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55
Nov 28 21:42:56 linux kernel: wlan0: authentication with AP 00:01:38:99:27:55 timed out

dmesg | grep ntel
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU0: Intel(R) Core™2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz stepping 0d
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#1.
CPU1: Intel(R) Core™2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz stepping 0d
agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: Intel 965GM Chipset
agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: detected 7676K stolen memory
agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: AGP aperture is 256M @ 0xe0000000
iTCO_wdt: Intel TCO WatchDog Timer Driver v1.03 (30-Apr-2008)
HDA Intel 0000:00:1b.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21
HDA Intel 0000:00:1b.0: setting latency timer to 64
iwlagn: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link AGN driver for Linux, 1.3.27ks
iwlagn: Copyright(c) 2003-2008 Intel Corporation
iwlagn: Detected Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN REV=0x4

dmesg | grep wifi
iwlagn: Detected Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN REV=0x4
firmware: requesting iwlwifi-4965-2.ucode

lspci
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN [Kedron] Network Connection (rev 61)

lsmod
iwlagn 86580 0
iwlcore 82568 1 iwlagn
rfkill 8660 2 iwlcore
led_class 3896 1 iwlcore
mac80211 199840 2 iwlagn,iwlcore
cfg80211 23356 3 iwlagn,iwlcore,mac80211

Kernel
Linux linux 2.6.27.7-4-default #1 SMP 2008-11-25 00:02:37 +0100 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

hwinfo
20: PCI c00.0: 0282 WLAN controller
[Created at pci.318]
UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_8086_4229
Unique ID: y9sn.9RJazxQBVB3
Parent ID: qTvu.TkjeLK60Af8
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.1/0000:0c:00.0
SysFS BusID: 0000:0c:00.0
Hardware Class: network
Model: “Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN [Kedron] Network Connection”
Vendor: pci 0x8086 “Intel Corporation”
Device: pci 0x4229 “PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN [Kedron] Network Connection”
SubVendor: pci 0x8086 “Intel Corporation”
SubDevice: pci 0x1120
Revision: 0x61
Driver: “iwlagn”
Driver Modules: “iwlagn”
Device File: wlan0
Features: WLAN
Memory Range: 0xfe8fe000-0xfe8fffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
IRQ: 219 (no events)
HW Address: 00:1f:3b:01:49:bd
Link detected: yes
WLAN channels: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 36 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 149 153 157 161 165
WLAN frequencies: 2.412 2.417 2.422 2.427 2.432 2.437 2.442 2.447 2.452 2.457 2.462 5.18 5.2 5.22 5.24 5.26 5.28 5.3 5.32 5.745 5.765 5.785 5.805 5.825
WLAN encryption modes: WEP40 WEP104 TKIP CCMP
WLAN authentication modes: open sharedkey wpa-psk wpa-eap
Module Alias: “pci:v00008086d00004229sv00008086sd00001120bc02sc8 0i00”
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: iwlagn is active
Driver Activation Cmd: “modprobe iwlagn”
Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #9 (PCI bridge)

I think I posted a reply in the other section, I will find it and copy it here also when I get a chance.