I went to use our family laptop today with wireless, for the first time since mid-November, and the wireless would connect for only a few seconds, and then disconnect. It was annoying.
This is on a 64-bit ‘stock’ openSUSE-11.3 with KDE-4.4.4.
The hardware is:
04:00.0 Network controller : Intel Corporation Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300 [8086:4235] Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:1121] Kernel driver in use: iwlagn
I then did a search as to what rpms I had installed since mid-November that may have caused this, and the only one’s that made sense (to me) were openSSL/libopenSSL, although one has to know that my knowledge of wireless borders on the verge of pathetic. In hindsight I should have looked at dmesg, … but its been a busy day, and I did not have much time for investigation, plus I’m a bit fatigued after the nominal Christmas season social events are taking their toll on my alertness.
Anyway, I noted on 22-November I had updated to these rpm versions of openSSL:
libopenssl-devel-1.0.0-6.3.1 Mon 22 Nov 2010 08:18:17 PM CET openssl-1.0.0-6.3.1 Mon 22 Nov 2010 08:18:01 PM CET libopenssl1_0_0-32bit-1.0.0-6.3.1 Mon 22 Nov 2010 08:17:53 PM CET libopenssl1_0_0-1.0.0-6.3.1 Mon 22 Nov 2010 08:17:50 PM CET libopenssl0_9_8-32bit-0.9.8m-3.1.2 Mon 22 Nov 2010 08:17:48 PM CET
I could not see anything else that I had installed even remotely connected to networking. So I rolled those back to these versions:
libopenssl0_9_8-32bit-0.9.8m-2.18.x86_64 openssl-1.0.0-6.3.1.x86_64 libopenssl-devel-1.0.0-5.4.x86_64 libopenssl1_0_0-1.0.0-5.4.x86_64 libopenssl1_0_0-32bit-1.0.0-5.4.x86_64
And my wireless works again, with a good continous connection, instead of a disconnect after a few seconds.
I cannot help but think that something is broke in the recent libopenssl.
Is this common knowledge, and I missed the news that this package was broken, or did I just get lucky that its working again, and my solution is no where near the truth ? (probably most likely given my pathetic knowledge of this).