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phelony
November 25th, 2009, 12:39 AM
Currently running the 2.6.29.4 kernel
Ubuntu-Hardy
Ath9k Driver (Atheros 9285)
Compat-Wireless Package Installed


Ok so ive been struggling with this for days, searching every corner on the internet making posts here and there, to no avail. As it stands now, i can see wireless networks floating around my head, MAC gets displayed, ESSID, all the goodies. I use wicd_client to connect to them, aaaaand BOOM, i get no DHCP address from the router. Ive tried connecting at varying distances to multiple AP's to no avail. Here are some outputs to glance over.



root@YourRefridgerator:/home/jesus# iwlist scan
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:0C:41:XX:XX:XX
Channel:6
Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
Quality=22/70 Signal level=-88 dBm
Encryption key:off
ESSID:"bholton"
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
Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
Mode:Master
Extra:tsf=00000c901c9d9183
Extra: Last beacon: 1130ms ago
IE: Unknown: 000762686F6C746F6E
IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
IE: Unknown: 030106
IE: Unknown: 0505000100A016
IE: Unknown: 2A0104
IE: Unknown: 2F0104
IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
IE: Unknown: DD050010180109

root@YourRefridgerator:/home/jesus# ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 90:e6:ba:XX:XX:XX
inet addr:192.168.1.2 Bcast:255.255.255.255 Mask:255.255.254.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:576 Metric:1
RX packets:79161 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:12112 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:3
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:12426493 (12.4 MB) TX bytes:1217030 (1.2 MB)
Interrupt:28

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:54 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:54 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:2700 (2.7 KB) TX bytes:2700 (2.7 KB)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:25:d3:XX:XX:XX
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

root@YourRefridgerator:/home/jesus# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"bholton"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 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

any other outputs you need, any suggestions. im about to snap this brand new 1005HA Asus Eee PC in half. thanks!

Lord_
November 25th, 2009, 01:09 AM
Firstly I would say double check that wicd is set to look for DHCP and not a static. Also make sure you are able to actually connect to the AP. If your happy both of these are happening then you could try running wireshark in the background. This will let you see whether your laptop is sending out and receiving the DHCP packets.

Scooter_X
November 25th, 2009, 02:30 AM
If you can't fix it, send it to me instead of breaking it, please?

tgalati4
November 25th, 2009, 04:39 AM
man iwconfig

It could be as simple as "key open" vs "key restricted"

A restricted key is also known as a shared key.

mcgrof
November 25th, 2009, 07:41 AM
If you are having issues with ath9k on ubuntu 9.10 please upgrade to the linux-backports-modules package and let us know if you have issues.

Also please refer to the upstream documentation:

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Documentation

mcgrof
November 25th, 2009, 07:43 AM
Oh I just noticed you said hardy. That's ancient, but you can still try the new stable release from compat-wireless:

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Download/stable

In a couple of days you can also try the bleeding edge release:

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Download

Or you can just try it now. But in a few days a new fix should be merged for AR9285 as well.