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    Question COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    Hi Everyone. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post. I have searched as much as I possibly could to make sure I do this posting correctly.

    I JUST installed Lubuntu 12.04 on an old Dell Inspiron 700M. I truly am a COMPLETE NEWBIE and have NEVER ran dos prompts, terminal commands, NOTHING like that ever before.

    I tried to look at the forum and copied and will paste as much info as I can find that might help to solve my issue. Like I said I am a COMPLETE NEWBIE (but want to learn) and have never done anything like this before. I am SURPRISED I ever got it running at all!!! lol I have my system setup to dual boot for either Windows XP or Lubuntu 12.04. I HAD a wireless connection for the first day, then JUST when I was getting really excited about how much FASTER Lubuntu was than running all the bloat of Windows XP (evidently), SUDDENLY ALL the wireless connections disappeared. Not only did I not get a wireless connection, there was system would no longer SEARCH for a wireless connection.

    I LOVED Lubuntu 12.04 when it was working and would LOVE to get it working again because it COMPLETELY revitalized this machine!! I am COMPLETELY LOST Now though. I have done as many searches as I can and have NO IDEA where to go from here. I dont really know the chipset or whatever wireless info is needed but I tried to follow the guidelines of the forum and post as much data as I Could from the commands I found on this site for wireless postings.

    Again I have NO IDEA what I DID...I just typed in the terminal some of the EXACT codes you suggested here on this forum.

    Btw the wireless connection DOES work in Windows, but not on Lubuntu. I really want my Lubuntu back and would LOVE to become much more proficient at Ubuntu in general. Baby steps I know, but I am ALREADY lost!!

    Below I will copy and paste the info I saved from the terminal in Lubuntu 12.04 in the instructions of this forum. I HOPE I am posting the correct data.

    Like I said it WORKED initially and just as I began to get really excited it suddenly stopped working. Btw the wired connection does work, but I never used wired and and it is not in a convenient area of the house.

    Thank you again in advance for any help you can provide.

    Here is the data I saved from terminal commands

    Code:
    lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
    00:00.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
    00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
    02:01.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)
    02:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI7420 CardBus Controller
    02:04.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI7420 CardBus Controller
    02:04.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI7x20 1394a-2000 OHCI Two-Port PHY/Link-Layer Controller
    02:04.3 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCI7420/7620 Combo CardBus, 1394a-2000 OHCI and SD/MS-Pro Controller
    02:05.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
    
    
    
    
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller [8086:3580] (rev 02)
    00:00.1 System peripheral [0880]: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller [8086:3584] (rev 02)
    00:00.3 System peripheral [0880]: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller [8086:3585] (rev 02)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device [8086:3582] (rev 02)
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device [8086:3582] (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:24c2] (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:24c4] (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:24c7] (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:24cd] (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 83)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:24cc] (rev 03)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller [8086:24ca] (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller [8086:24c3] (rev 03)
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:24c5] (rev 03)
    00:1f.6 Modem [0703]: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller [8086:24c6] (rev 03)
    02:01.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter [8086:1043] (rev 04)
    02:04.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI7420 CardBus Controller [104c:ac8e]
    02:04.1 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI7420 CardBus Controller [104c:ac8e]
    02:04.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Texas Instruments PCI7x20 1394a-2000 OHCI Two-Port PHY/Link-Layer Controller [104c:802e]
    02:04.3 Mass storage controller [0180]: Texas Instruments PCI7420/7620 Combo CardBus, 1394a-2000 OHCI and SD/MS-Pro Controller [104c:ac8f]
    02:05.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
    
    
    $ ifconfig
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0f:1f:af:7d:46  
              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)
              Interrupt:10 
    
    
    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:400 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:400 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:31840 (31.8 KB)  TX bytes:31840 (31.8 KB)
    
    
    $ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    
    rename3   unassociated  ESSID:off/any  Nickname:"ipw2100"
              Mode:Managed  Channel=0  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Bit Rate:0 kb/s   Tx-Power:16 dBm   
              Retry short limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    
    
    $ sudo lshw -C network
    [sudo] password for jjwred7: 
      *-network:0 DISABLED    
           description: Wireless interface
           product: PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 1
           bus info: pci@0000:02:01.0
           logical name: rename3
           version: 04
           serial: 00:0c:f1:4f:1a:b0
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ipw2100 driverversion=git-1.2.2 firmware=712.0.3:3:00000001 latency=32 link=no maxlatency=34 mingnt=2 multicast=yes wireless=unassociated
           resources: irq:10 memory:e0206000-e0206fff
      *-network:1
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 5
           bus info: pci@0000:02:05.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 02
           serial: 00:0f:1f:af:7d:46
           size: 10Mbit/s
           capacity: 100Mbit/s
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
           configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 duplex=half latency=32 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=10Mbit/s
           resources: irq:10 memory:e0204000-e0205fff
    Last edited by Wild Man; July 15th, 2013 at 11:38 PM. Reason: Added code tags

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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    Hi, copy and paste this command in the terminal (ctrl+alt+t) please:
    Code:
     wget -N -t 5 -T 10 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57264241/wireless_script && chmod +x wireless_script && ./wireless_script
    It will download a script and create a file named wireless-info.tar.gz in your home folder with wireless information so we can see the condition of your wireless at this time and the Mac address, WPA key and WEP key are removed for your security, then reply back, click on the paper clip and attach the wireless-info.tar.gz file as a zip file.

    If you do not have ethernet either then follow the directions at this link for running the script without internet.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=12350385
    Thanks

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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Man View Post
    Hi, copy and paste this command in the terminal (ctrl+alt+t) please:
    Code:
     wget -N -t 5 -T 10 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57264241/wireless_script && chmod +x wireless_script && ./wireless_script
    It will download a script and create a file named wireless-info.tar.gz in your home folder with wireless information so we can see the condition of your wireless at this time and the Mac address, WPA key and WEP key are removed for your security, then reply back, click on the paper clip and attach the wireless-info.tar.gz file as a zip file.

    If you do not have ethernet either then follow the directions at this link for running the script without internet.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=12350385
    Thanks

    Thank you for the prompt replay Wild Man . I do not have ethernet at this time but I will try to run it per your instructions in the link. If I cannot do that properly I will just wait until I can connected via ethernet in the morning. Although I ADMIT I am IMPATIENT and want to try it NOW!!! lol Wish me luck on doing it right!!
    Thanks again for your prompt reply!!! I hope ONE DAY some of these things you are asking me to do actually MEAN something to me!!! lol

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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    I am NOT sure if this is the right info (probably not) because I tried to do it via the link and executable without an ethernet connection. Anyway...below is the only info I could find. I TRIED to run the executable and it asked for my password, but I dont know if and what it did after that and where the info went!!! lol

    I am NOT sure if this info is pertaining to my computer or not or if I just copied info from your script!! lol

    If not, I will just wait until I have an ethernet connection although this is killing me...lol

    FILEBASE="wireless-info"
    MODMATCHES="(air|ath|carl|at7|iwl|ipw|rtl8|rt2|rt3 |rt5|rt6|rt7|rtl|r818|r871|ssb|wl|b43|bcma|brcm|et h1|ndis|wlan0|firm|etork)[^[unct:] ]*"
    exec 3>&1 4>&2
    exec 1> $FILEBASE.txt 2> /dev/null
    if [ "$?" != "0" ]; then
    printf "\nCould not write target file \"$FILEBASE.txt\", aborting.\n\n"
    exit 1
    fi
    printf "\n*************** info trace ***************\n"
    printf "\n***** uname -a *****\n\n"
    uname -a
    printf "\n***** lsb_release *****\n\n"
    lsb_release -idrc
    printf "\n***** lspci *****\n\n"
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    printf "\n***** lsusb *****\n\n"
    lsusb
    printf "\n***** iwconfig *****\n\n"
    iwconfig
    printf "\n***** rfkill *****\n\n"
    rfkill list all
    printf "\n***** lsmod *****\n\n"
    lsmod | egrep "(^|[[unct:] ])${MODMATCHES}([[unct:] ]|$)"
    printf "\n***** nm-tool *****\n"
    nm-tool
    printf "\n***** NetworkManager.state *****\n"
    cat /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state
    printf "\n***** NetworkManager.conf *****\n\n"
    grep -v '^#' /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf
    if [ -f /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf ]; then
    printf "nm-system-settings.conf (used up to 10.04):\n"
    grep -v '^#' /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf
    fi
    printf "\n***** interfaces *****\n\n"
    cat /etc/network/interfaces | sed -r 's/wpa-psk [[:graph:]]+/wpa-psk <WPA key removed>/'
    printf "\n***** iwlist *****\n\n"
    if [ -t 0 ]; then
    sudo iwlist scan || echo "Aquiring of root rights failed."
    elif [ -x /usr/bin/gksudo ]; then
    gksudo iwlist scan || echo "Aquiring of root rights failed."
    elif [ -x /usr/bin/kdesudo ]; then
    kdesudo iwlist scan || echo "Aquiring of root rights failed."
    else
    echo "No way to aquire root rights found."
    fi
    printf "\n***** resolv.conf *****\n\n"
    grep -v '^#' /etc/resolv.conf
    printf "\n***** blacklist *****\n"
    for CONFFILE in /etc/modprobe.d/*.conf; do
    if [[ -n $(egrep -v '/etc/modprobe.d/(alsa-base|blacklist-(firewire|framebuffer|modem|oss|watchdog)|fglrx|nv idia)' <<< $CONFFILE) ]]; then
    BLACKLIST=$(grep '^blacklist' $CONFFILE)
    if [ -n "$BLACKLIST" ]; then
    printf "\n[%s]\n%s\n" $CONFFILE "$BLACKLIST"
    fi
    fi
    done
    printf "\n***** dmesg *****\n\n"
    dmesg | egrep "[[unct:] ]${MODMATCHES}[[unct:] ]"
    printf "\n****************** done ******************\n\n"
    exec 1>&3 3>&-
    exec 2>&4 4>&-
    sed -r -i 's/([[:alnum:]][[:alnum:]]{5}[[:alnum:]][[:alnum:]]/<MAC address removed>/' $FILEBASE.txt
    if [ $(stat -c %s $FILEBASE.txt) -gt 19968 ]; then
    tar -czf $FILEBASE.tar.gz $FILEBASE.txt
    rm -f $FILEBASE.txt
    printf "\nResults archived in \"%s.tar.gz\", as they exceed the 19.5 kB size limit for .txt files on the Ubuntu Forums.\n\n" "$FILEBASE"
    else
    printf "\nResults saved in \"%s.txt\".\n\n" "$FILEBASE"
    fi

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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    I tried to attach the file. I hope it worked
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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    Quote Originally Posted by jjwred7 View Post
    I tried to attach the file. I hope it worked
    Yes it did. Since Wild Man seems to have gone offline, I guess I may try a few shots.

    Is your wireless access-point named "ASIANROCKSTAR"? Because that is the one that seems to have the strongest signal.

    If it is, then could you try changing the channel in the router/access-point from 7 to 1 or 11? These (channel 1 and 11) often work better with linux drivers.

    Another thing you can do right in your system is to run the following command in terminal (shortcut key to open terminal is Ctrl+Alt+T) :
    Code:
    sudo iwconfig rename3 power off
    Just copy-paste (with mouse) the above code in your terminal to avoid typing mistakes. This will turn the power management off on the wireless interface.
    [Note : sudo will ask for your password. You won't see anything on the screen while typing the password. Just type it correctly and press "Enter"]

    It's a weird name by the way for an interface (rename3). Did you try any other fixes lately?
    Last edited by varunendra; July 16th, 2013 at 01:47 AM.
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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    I think this is the SAME data...but I did it a second time just to make sure...
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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    Did you clone the drive ubuntu is on by any chance? Did you remove network manager and set static ip?
    Thanks

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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    There are a few things we need to check on.
    Mode:Managed Channel=0
    It says your router is on channel 0 it will not work on 0.
    Please try 1 or 11.

    It says
    Nickname:"ipw2100"
    but that name does not show up in the iwlist scan.

    Let's turn power managemnt off:
    Code:
    echo -e '#!/bin/bash\n/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 power off' | sudo tee -a /etc/pm/power.d/wireless
    This file usually only has
    Code:
     auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    in it did you remove network manager?
    # The loopback network interface
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

    # The primary network interface
    auto eth0
    #NetworkManager#iface eth0 inet dhcp
    #NetworkManager#wpa-ssid DG860AE2
    #NetworkManager#wpa-psk DG860A6E1EE2
    Edit:
    udevd[340]: renamed network interface eth1 to rename3
    Very interesting in dmesg.
    Thanks
    Last edited by Wild Man; July 16th, 2013 at 01:56 AM.

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    Re: COMPLETE Newbie!! Never worked in Terminal b4. Wireless worked initially, now NOT

    It is the script itself. The result file (wireless-info.txt, or wireless-info.txt.tar.gz) would have been saved in the same folder from which you ran this script. Copy-paste the contents from that file (if it is a .txt one), or simply attach it to your next post here.

    PS:
    The fact that it asked for your password means you did it right. Congratulations for running your first Linux script !
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