I'm unsure what's gone wrong... I've been using the latest Netbook remix on my EEE 901, and yesterday, wireless networking stopped working.
I assumed that I must have hit function-F2 and turned off wireless - but after various experiments, I found that even with wireless enabled at this level, things were still amiss.
The network manager applet says "Disconnected" - and doesn't list any Wi-Fi access points in range - and there are loads - one within a meter. When I right click, both Enable Networking and Enable Wireless (and Enable Notifications) are ticked. If I try to 'connect to hidden wireless network' - and supply my local (non-hidden) network - it asks for the password; waits a while then asks again.
"lspci" gives the relevant line:
01:00.0 Network Controller: RaLink RT2800 802.11n PCI
"rfkill list" gives
0: eeepc-wlan: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
1: eeepc-bluetooth: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions
wlan0 Ralink STA ESSID:"" Nickname:"RT2860STA"
Mode:Auto Frequency=2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate: 1 Mb/s
RTS thr: off key: off
Encryption key: off
Link Quality=10/100 Signal level: 0 dBm Noise level:-98 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
In my syslog, I've various errors reported, for example:
kernel: [14.037097] Skipping EBID probe due to cached ebid
NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): deactivating device (reason 2).
NetworkManager <error> [1300448368.575258] [nm-device-wifi.c:1542] nm_device_wifi_set_mode(): (wlan0): error setting mode 2
NetworkManager: supplicant_interface_acquire: assertion 'mgr_state == NM_SUPPLICANT_MANAGER_STATE_IDLE' failed
kernel: [14.944349] NICLoadFirmware: MCU is not ready
kernel: [14.944357] ERROR! NICLoadFirmware failed, status[=0x00000001]
kernel: [14.944365] rt28xx Initiaized fail!
Later I get a whole slew of errors from the kernel - mostly mentioning "ERROR! H2M_MAILBOX hold by MCU. command fail" or "ERROR! BBP write R"..." fail"
Is this a hardware failure, or have I been knobbled by an update? Has anyone else had problems with their EEE PC's wireless?