I have a NetGear WG111v3 802.11g USB stick with the realtek RTL8187B chipset. Today I attempted to install opensuse 11.1 and setup my wifi connection. As wifi cards gave me a headache ever since on linux, I was pleasantly surprised that the default 11.1 126.96.36.199 kernel supports the RTL8187B chipset. For the first time no troubles setting up my wifi after upgrading! It turned out slightly different. I hope this was one of those nights I’ll look back at with a smile when I get it finally working. Cause one more time I’m on the verge of digging a deep hole in my ceiling and use an old fashioned network cable.
That being said … my problem:
- installed the default KDE 4.1 from the dvd image (32 bit). on /dev/sda8 (I have a fully working 11.0 kde 3.5 on the same machine)
- after the first boot, fired up yast to configure my wifi. Changed nothing besides that I want to use Knetworkmanager. Everything turns out grey and I get a popup telling me that since I obted for Knetworkmanager, yast can no longer configure my card. It used to be different in previous versions, but so what. Tried to close ‘Network Devices’ by ok/accepting and I got a first error at 77%: Error: No network running.‘Ok’ and my yast screen disappeared. Fired up Knetworkmanager, it finds my ssid, detects that it runs with wpa. Made a new connection with the right settings and it connects. I see the default symbol that it’s up and running. Except that I’m unable to go on the net. This while I’m online with another comp using the same router.
- rebooting into my working 11.0 confirms that my usb adapter is still working
- after trying not to go bananas I decided to reinstall 11.1 from scratch, without the automatic configuration option. Which resulted in the end in exactly the same problem.
The results from the tests I’ve done (used pastebin.com):
- ifconfig when I first booted after installing 11.1 (configuring wifi settings during setup), so without activating knetworkmanager
- various pings
- checking if i need some firmware
- trying to scan
-ifconfig after activating knetworkmanager
I really ran out of options and ideas. Any suggestions are very welcome, and I’ll owe you a few beers when I get it working.