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    wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    I've been using this older MBP 1,2 as a triple boot machine - OS 10.6.8, Meercat & XP in that boot order for several years now. Meercat always worked fine but not long ago I upgraded to 11.04 but was disappointed with long boot times. Everything did work tho so I then upgraded to 11.10 hoping for a better experience. No joy! Then I upgraded to 12.04 after reading all the positive reviews. Well I didn't get to explore it very much as it was quickly obvious that my wireless connection within Ubuntu would connect after entering my WPA key and then seconds later disconnect and ask me again to enter my WPA. I've searched the forums but it seems no one is using a MBP as old as mine. There are posts that refer to an area that lists compatible versions to various machines but I'll be damned if I can find it!

    Bottom line - can this connection problem be fixed with 12.04 on my machine or should I go back to an older version like Meercat which worked great and was faster than the newer versions I tried. If it is the latter, how would I go about doing that? I already tried booting from the same disk I originally used to install Meercat but for some reason it just hangs at the first screen that gives all the options for as long as I'm willing to wait, which was almost an hour. Please help!

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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    Could you open a terminal and paste this in:

    Code:
    sudo lshw -C network
    Post the result here, please.

    Things can get a bit messy with direct upgrades, especially after a few, but if it was working previously I do like your chances.

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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    Sorry it took so long. Been a long day.
    Ran the script but fumbled a lot figuring out how to save the output to a flash drive so I could paste it in here, but I did eventually figure it out.

    dewey@dewey-MacBookPro:~$ sudo lshw -C network
    [sudo] password for dewey:
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    vendor: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 22
    serial: 00:16:cb:98:3f:b0
    capacity: 1Gbit/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=sky2 driverversion=1.30 firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
    resources: irq:44 memory:98200000-98203fff ioport:2000(size=256) memory:98800000-9881ffff
    *-network
    description: Wireless interface
    product: AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
    logical name: wlan0
    version: 01
    serial: 00:17:f2:43:43:fc
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath5k driverversion=3.2.0-31-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abg
    resources: irq:17 memory:98100000-9810ffff
    dewey@dewey-MacBookPro:~$

    I may be way off but it appears that it sees my wireless card as a PCI card, which of course is not the case - I think. Anyway, I'm curious to know what you see here.

    Thanks in advance - Dewey

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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    Hi deweyo,

    The reason it is listed as a PCI device is because it is using a PCI bus (even though it is not a 'PCI card') which is normal.

    While bucky ball returns, please try this:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -rfv ath5k
    sudo modprobe -v ath5k nohwcrypt=1
    then retry connecting. If that works we'll make this change permanent. If not, then please download and run 'wireless_script' (courtesy wild man, dave and others who contributed) as follows :
    Code:
    wget -N -t 5 -T 10 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57264241/wireless_script && chmod +x wireless_script && ./wireless_script
    and post back the contents of the "netinfo.txt" file it creates in your home directory. It will give us a detailed info about your wireless settings.

    PS:
    Please post your output codes within [ code] .. and .. [ /code] tags to put them in a nice box as above. It also preserves the output formatting. To do so, just click on # at the edit box to auto-generate the tags, then copy-paste the output in-between the tags.
    Last edited by varunendra; October 9th, 2012 at 01:26 PM.
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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    Varun - I ran those 2 scripts but the problem remains.


    [dewey@dewey-MacBookPro:~$ sudo modprobe -rfv ath5k
    [sudo] password for dewey:
    rmmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-31-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath5k/ath5k.ko
    rmmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-31-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath.ko
    rmmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-31-generic/kernel/net/mac80211/mac80211.ko
    rmmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-31-generic/kernel/net/wireless/cfg80211.ko
    dewey@dewey-MacBookPro:~$ sudo modprobe -v ath5k nohwcrypt=1
    insmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-31-generic/kernel/net/wireless/cfg80211.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-31-generic/kernel/net/mac80211/mac80211.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-31-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/3.2.0-31-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath5k/ath5k.ko nohwcrypt=1
    dewey@dewey-MacBookPro:~$
    ]

    Not sure this is the format you were looking for - best I could do.

    I assume the third script was meant to be written and sent in Ubuntu. Without a connection tho, I don't how it's possible. (I did try it anyway). I may have to drive an hour one way to pick up an ethernet cable and try connecting that way.

    Dewey

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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    An ethernet cable is definitely going to help ...

    Who knows, an update/upgrade (packages, not OS) might fix ...

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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    I called my only neighbor about 2 miles away and his wife had one (cable) from many years ago. The plastic sheath is so hard I thought it might snap as I tried to straightened it out, but it's connected & working so here's the output from the script.

    [dewey@dewey-MacBookPro:~$ wget -N -t 5 -T 10 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57264241/wireless_script && chmod +x wireless_script && ./wireless_script
    --2012-10-09 20:37:49-- http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57264241/wireless_script
    Resolving dl.dropbox.com (dl.dropbox.com)... 23.23.132.187, 50.16.240.166, 107.20.182.97, ...
    Connecting to dl.dropbox.com (dl.dropbox.com)|23.23.132.187|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 1555 (1.5K) [text/plain]
    Saving to: `wireless_script'

    100%[======================================>] 1,555 --.-K/s in 0.001s

    Last-modified header missing -- time-stamps turned off.
    2012-10-09 20:37:50 (1.18 MB/s) - `wireless_script' saved [1555/1555]

    [sudo] password for dewey:
    dewey@dewey-MacBookPro:~$ wget -N -t 5 -T 10 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57264241/wireless_script && chmod +x wireless_script && ./wireless_script]

    Doesn't look like there's any useful info that I can see but I'll let you decide that.

    Dewey

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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    I did a bit more searching and discovered that the script in question generated a file in my home folder that contains what I'm sure you were looking for. Thanks for your patience.

    [********** info trace ****************



    **** uname -a ****


    Linux dewey-MacBookPro 3.2.0-31-generic #50-Ubuntu SMP Fri Sep 7 16:17:36 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux


    **** lsb-release ****


    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS"


    **** lspci ****


    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller [11ab:4362] (rev 22)
    Subsystem: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Marvell RDK-8053 [11ab:5321]
    Kernel driver in use: sky2
    --
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:001c] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Apple Inc. AR5BXB6 802.11abg Wireless Mini PCIe Card [106b:0086]
    Kernel driver in use: ath5k


    **** lsusb ****


    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 090c:1000 Silicon Motion, Inc. - Taiwan (formerly Feiya Technology Corp.) 64MB QDI U2 DISK
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 05ac:0217 Apple, Inc. Internal Keyboard/Trackpad (ANSI)
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 05ac:8240 Apple, Inc. IR Receiver [built-in]
    Bus 005 Device 003: ID 05ac:8205 Apple, Inc. Bluetooth HCI
    Bus 001 Device 008: ID 05ac:8300 Apple, Inc. Built-in iSight (no firmware loaded)


    **** iwconfig ****


    wlan0 IEEE 802.11abg ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementff



    **** rfkill ****


    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: hci0: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no


    **** lsmod ****


    Module Size Used by
    nls_iso8859_1 12617 1
    nls_cp437 12751 1
    vfat 17308 1
    fat 55605 1 vfat
    dm_crypt 22528 0
    btusb 17912 2
    parport_pc 32114 0
    ppdev 12849 0
    joydev 17393 0
    rfcomm 38139 12
    bnep 17830 2
    bluetooth 158438 23 btusb,rfcomm,bnep
    hid_apple 13166 0
    applesmc 18978 0
    input_polldev 13648 1 applesmc
    binfmt_misc 17292 1
    appletouch 17318 0
    arc4 12473 2
    isight_firmware 12586 0
    snd_hda_codec_idt 60251 1
    snd_hda_intel 32765 3
    snd_hda_codec 109562 2 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 13276 1 snd_hda_codec
    usbhid 41906 0
    ath5k 145127 0
    ath 19387 1 ath5k
    hid 77367 2 hid_apple,usbhid
    snd_pcm 80845 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    mac80211 436455 1 ath5k
    tpm_infineon 13200 0
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_rawmidi 25424 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer 28931 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    cfg80211 178679 3 ath5k,ath,mac80211
    snd 62064 15 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_ hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_se q_device
    apple_bl 13425 0
    soundcore 14635 1 snd
    lm63 13998 0
    snd_page_alloc 14115 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    mac_hid 13077 0
    lp 17455 0
    parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    uas 17828 0
    usb_storage 39646 1
    radeon 733718 3
    firewire_ohci 40180 0
    firewire_core 56906 1 firewire_ohci
    crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core
    ttm 65344 1 radeon
    drm_kms_helper 45466 1 radeon
    drm 197692 5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 radeon
    video 19068 0
    sky2 49545 0


    **** nm-tool ****



    NetworkManager Tool

    State: connected (global)

    - Device: wlan0 ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Type: 802.11 WiFi
    Driver: ath5k
    State: disconnected
    Default: no
    HW Address: <MAC address removed>

    Capabilities:

    Wireless Properties
    WEP Encryption: yes
    WPA Encryption: yes
    WPA2 Encryption: yes

    Wireless Access Points
    09FX08016856: Infra, <MAC address removed>, Freq 2437 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 77 WEP


    - Device: eth0 [Wired connection 1] -------------------------------------------
    Type: Wired
    Driver: sky2
    State: connected
    Default: yes
    HW Address: <MAC address removed>

    Capabilities:
    Carrier Detect: yes
    Speed: 100 Mb/s

    Wired Properties
    Carrier: on

    IPv4 Settings:
    Address: 192.168.1.17
    Prefix: 24 (255.255.255.0)
    Gateway: 192.168.1.1

    DNS: 192.168.1.1




    **** NetworkManager.state ****



    [main]
    NetworkingEnabled=true
    WirelessEnabled=true
    WWANEnabled=true


    **** NetworkManager.conf ****


    [main]
    plugins=ifupdown,keyfile
    dns=dnsmasq

    [ifupdown]
    managed=false


    **** NetworkManager.conf-10.04 ****




    **** interfaces ****


    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback



    **** iwlist ****


    wlan0 Scan completed :
    Cell 01 - Address: <MAC address removed>
    Channel:6
    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
    Quality=67/70 Signal level=-43 dBm
    Encryption keyn
    ESSID:"09FX08016856"
    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=0000031650f5fce9
    Extra: Last beacon: 2108ms ago
    IE: Unknown: 000C303946583038303136383536
    IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
    IE: Unknown: 030106
    IE: Unknown: 2A0100
    IE: Unknown: 2F0100
    IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
    IE: Unknown: DD090010180202F0000000



    **** resolv ****


    # Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE BY HAND -- YOUR CHANGES WILL BE OVERWRITTEN
    nameserver 127.0.0.1
    search westell.com


    **** blacklist.conf ****


    # This file lists those modules which we don't want to be loaded by
    # alias expansion, usually so some other driver will be loaded for the
    # device instead.

    # evbug is a debug tool that should be loaded explicitly
    blacklist evbug

    # these drivers are very simple, the HID drivers are usually preferred
    blacklist usbmouse
    blacklist usbkbd

    # replaced by e100
    blacklist eepro100

    # replaced by tulip
    blacklist de4x5

    # causes no end of confusion by creating unexpected network interfaces
    blacklist eth1394

    # snd_intel8x0m can interfere with snd_intel8x0, doesn't seem to support much
    # hardware on its own (Ubuntu bug #2011, #6810)
    blacklist snd_intel8x0m

    # Conflicts with dvb driver (which is better for handling this device)
    blacklist snd_aw2

    # causes failure to suspend on HP compaq nc6000 (Ubuntu: #10306)
    blacklist i2c_i801

    # replaced by p54pci
    blacklist prism54

    # replaced by b43 and ssb.
    blacklist bcm43xx

    # most apps now use garmin usb driver directly (Ubuntu: #114565)
    blacklist garmin_gps

    # replaced by asus-laptop (Ubuntu: #184721)
    blacklist asus_acpi

    # low-quality, just noise when being used for sound playback, causes
    # hangs at desktop session start (Ubuntu: #246969)
    blacklist snd_pcsp


    **** dmesg ****


    [ 24.751023] ath5k 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
    # ugly and loud noise, getting on everyone's nerves; this should be done by a
    # nice pulseaudio bing (Ubuntu: #77010)
    blacklist pcspkr

    # EDAC driver for amd76x clashes with the agp driver preventing the aperture
    # from being initialised (Ubuntu: #297750). Blacklist so that the driver
    # continues to build and is installable for the few cases where its
    # really needed.
    blacklist amd76x_edac

    [ 24.751039] ath5k 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [ 24.751087] ath5k 0000:03:00.0: registered as 'phy0'
    [ 25.293402] ath: EEPROM regdomain: 0x65
    [ 25.293408] ath: EEPROM indicates we should expect a direct regpair map
    [ 25.293412] ath: Country alpha2 being used: 00
    [ 25.293414] ath: Regpair used: 0x65
    [ 25.315749] ath5k phy0: Atheros AR5414 chip found (MAC: 0xa3, PHY: 0x61)
    [ 25.812800] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    [ 25.813388] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready


    **************** done ********************

    ]

    Whew! That oughtta keep you busy!

    Dewey

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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    deweyo,
    Um.. I think you realize it very well that it wasn't my patience but my 'absence' that provided you 'enough' time to try all that stuff (although I AM a very patient guy..)

    Anyway, now that you have a wired connection, you should try what Bucky Ball suggested. That is, do an update to see if newer packages may fix it automatically for you.

    As for the code part, sorry but you misunderstood. Let me show you an example:

    If I post the output of command - 'echo -e "first line\nsecond line\nthird line"' without code tags, it will look like :
    first line
    second line
    third line


    .. that is the way you are posting.
    But if I add the mentioned tags in the beginning and the end of the above output so that they look like -
    [code]first line
    second line
    third line[/code]

    then, in the post it will look like :
    Code:
    first line
    second line
    third line
    The # symbol at the top of edit box (in which you create your new posts) makes that easy by automatically creating those tags. You can use it in two ways:
    1. Just click on the #, then copy-paste the outputs in-between the generated tags.
    2. Using your mouse cursor, highlight an already existing portion of your post (which is an output of some command), then click on # to automatically add those tags at the beginning and end of the highlighted part.

    I'd suggest you to try this right now on your previous posts to enclose the outputs in the [ code] tags.
    (you can not edit your posts after 7 days)
    Last edited by varunendra; October 10th, 2012 at 11:06 AM.
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    Re: wireless not working 12.04 on MBP 1,2

    Hi again. I checked for updates but nothing for wireless.

    Now I'll try the code thing -

    Code
    Code:
    Linux dewey-MacBookPro 3.2.0-31-generic #50-Ubuntu SMP Fri Sep 7 16:17:36 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
    
    
    **** lsb-release ****
    
    
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS"
    Somehow I don't think that's it - Dewey
    Last edited by deweyo; October 11th, 2012 at 12:34 AM. Reason: update info

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