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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    I know a little while ago we were looking at how hot the tc1100 was running. Mine doesn't get hot enough to notice at all (less than 48 C at all times ) unless I am watching a flash video or doing something else cpu intensive for a descent amount of time. Yesterday I turned on visual effects to see how it would handle them. I didn't have any artifacts, but I did notice that the computer ran hotter, causing the fan to run at high speeds constantly. With compiz enabled it would run at 52 C while idle. If your looking to use less battery for the fan and run much cooler, it might be worth considering disabling visual effects.

    I also noticed that after disabling the wireless, I couldn't re-enable it (I am using the ath5k driver). It never bothered me since I always needed the wireless, but I gave the command MyR suggested tobuddytod and found it allowed me to re-enable my wireless card. I think I was able to do this in the past (turn wireless on and off) just by loading the tc1100 module per MyR's guide:

    modprobe tc1100-wmi
    echo "tc1100-wmi" >> /etc/modules

    But it hasn't been working for a while. I don't know if it was a kernel change that caused loading the module to not be enough for the wireless card or if I had just entered the command MyR gave when ever I was setting up the computer originally and just didn't remember. Either way, thanks MyR.

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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    What package provides tc1100-wmi? I had it on my drive before I backed it up and replaced it, and now it doesn't seem to be there any longer. Also, the internal wireless card works. Fortunately, I've got a Proxim card in the external slot that is working.

    Cheers,
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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    It's in the kernel.
    /lib/modules/2.6.35-22-generic/kernel/drivers/platform/x86/tc1100-wmi.ko

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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post
    It's in the kernel.
    /lib/modules/2.6.35-22-generic/kernel/drivers/platform/x86/tc1100-wmi.ko
    Thanks. Yup, I've got it.

    I'm still trying to figure out what I did wrong when I upgraded my HD. I copied my /, opt and home partitions and restored them on the new drive using gparted. I reinstalled Grub2 on the new drive. It booted up with everything working except wireless. I also upgraded RAM at the same time, so I was thinking I possibly distrubed the wireless card. I tried a couple more wireless cards I had on hand and one of them wasn't on the BIOS whitelist (got an error 104 - please remove unapproved wireless card and reboot.). I can boot with the original and other wireless card but I can't get wireless to work. lspci and lshw both see both of the cards, but I can't get the cards to function. I'm now wondering if I did something stupid simple like configuring something off that I have to turn back on.

    BTW, I've got a Proxim 11b/g PCMCIA card plugged in and it's working fine. I would still like to have an internal card though.

    Cheers,
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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    Did you accidentally knock the antenna wires off the internal wireless card, perhaps? Static shock? Any error messages in dmesg output?

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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post
    Did you accidentally knock the antenna wires off the internal wireless card, perhaps? Static shock? Any error messages in dmesg output?

    Antenna wires are still in place, as I had to remove and reattach them several times as I tried different cards.

    I took reasonable precautions for static. I first thought that maybe I shocked the card, but none of the others I have on hand work either. They also all show up in lspci.

    The DMESG stuff is a fascinating read, but the only thing that look like an error message for the internal card is:

    [ 20.402680] udev: renamed network interface eth1 to eth2

    and later:

    [ 35.972026] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 35.999905] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 36.056719] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 36.105231] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 36.147660] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 36.189101] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 36.232018] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 36.264700] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 36.299011] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 36.355241] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.

    Don't know what that renaming is about. The external card is named wlan0.

    What do you think? Is the above reason for it to not work?

    Cheers,
    Randy

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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    The eth1/eth2 rename usually happens when a drive that has run first on one machine, is now inserted and booted in another; or when a previously-present interface is replaced, as in your case. In the first instance, the network interface is detected and a rule is created in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules so that the interface always gets the same name. When booted in the second configuration, the old interface is gone, the new one is detected at first as eth0, but is renamed when udev finds the rule for the old eth0 to avoid confusion with IP configuration. A new rule is added to the same file each time this happens.

    What chipset does your internal card use? Mine is Atheros, and uses the ath5k driver, but some TC1100s have Intel. I've never seen a firmware message like the one you posted, but it suggests that your system is trying to establish an ad-hoc network rather than connect to a wireless access point.

    I suspect we're going to have to see:
    1. The output from 'dmesg'
    2. The output from 'lshw -c network'
    3. The output from 'sudo rfkill list'
    4. The output from 'iwconfig'
    5. The contents of /etc/network/interfaces

    I expect there's more, but I can't think of it right now....
    Last edited by Aearenda; November 1st, 2010 at 06:36 AM. Reason: Fixed a logic error

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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post

    What chipset does your internal card use?
    The card that's in there now is a Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series PC Card, Version 01.01. It uses Orinoco driverversion=0.15 firmware=Lucent/Agere 8.72.

    The original card was the Intel. The only problem is that if the Intel card is installed, I can't get a connection from it OR from the Proxim PCMCIA card (wlan0). That's another strange issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post
    I suspect we're going to have to see:
    1. The output from 'dmesg'
    $ dmesg|grep eth2

    [ 20.323014] udev: renamed network interface eth1 to eth2
    [ 20.542659] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth2: link is not ready
    [ 38.535054] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 38.592763] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 38.674091] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 38.766478] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 38.882565] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 39.002093] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 39.069593] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 39.148824] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 39.219449] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.
    [ 39.288805] eth2: This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post
    2. The output from 'lshw -c network'
    *-network
    description: TrueMobile 1150 Series PC Card
    product: Version 01.01
    vendor: Dell
    physical id: 0
    slot: Socket 0
    resources: irq:15
    *-network
    description: 802.11g Wireless Upgrade Kit.
    product: CIS REV 1.2
    vendor: Proxim, Corp.
    physical id: 0
    version: Copyright 2003
    slot: Socket 1
    resources: irq:11
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: BCM4401 100Base-T
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 7
    bus info: pci@0000:02:07.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 01
    serial: 00:0b:cd:ad:02:ae
    size: 10MB/s
    capacity: 100MB/s
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 duplex=half latency=64 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=10MB/s
    resources: irq:12 memory:e0000000-e0001fff memory:6c000000-6c003fff(prefetchable)
    *-network
    description: Wireless interface
    product: Atheros AR5001X+ Wireless Network Adapter
    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
    physical id: 1
    bus info: pci@0000:07:00.0
    logical name: wlan0
    version: 01
    serial: 00:20:a6:52:1a:9d
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath5k ip=192.168.2.6 latency=168 maxlatency=28 mingnt=10 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
    resources: irq:11 memory:74000000-7400ffff
    *-network
    description: Wireless interface
    physical id: 2
    logical name: eth2
    serial: 00:02:2d:6a:85:9c
    capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=orinoco driverversion=0.15 firmware=Lucent/Agere 8.72 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11b

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post
    3. The output from 'sudo rfkill list'
    0: phy1: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post
    4. The output from 'iwconfig'
    Code:
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    eth2      IEEE 802.11b  ESSID:"hyenanet"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: None   
              Bit Rate:11 Mb/s   Sensitivity:1/0  
              Retry limit:4   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality=0/70  Signal level=-122 dBm  Noise level=-122 dBm
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"hyenanet"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.452 GHz  Access Point: 00:11:50:40:D4:13   
              Bit Rate=11 Mb/s   Tx-Power=27 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality=38/70  Signal level=-72 dBm  
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    Looks like for whatever reason, eth2 is not receiving RF from the access point. It also does not appear to be transmitting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post
    5. The contents of /etc/network/interfaces
    $ cat /etc/network/interfaces
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

    Quote Originally Posted by Aearenda View Post
    I expect there's more, but I can't think of it right now....
    I'm thinking I probably did some simple thing to disable the internal slot when I installed the RAM upgrade or new HD. I booted from a USB pen drive (install CD image) while I was copying and restoring the partitions from my old to new drives and that was when I first noticed that I did not have wireless connectivity when running the live CD image.

    Cheers,
    Randy

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    Re: HOW TO: Install Ubuntu on a HP TC1100 tablet pc

    Randy, I really wanted *all* the output from dmesg, maybe as an attachment, since your filter may be omitting useful stuff. But see below first...

    See this bug for something similar for the Dell/Orinoco.
    Also this unanswered question.
    I found these by Googling "This firmware requires an ESSID in IBSS-Ad-Hoc mode."

    Your lshw output shows multiple wireless interfaces, and iwconfig shows two of them active. I really think you should just have one interface present at a time while we try to sort out why nothing works. I've never used an Orinoco card, so I'd rather drop that one for now. Your lshw lists an Atheros 5001X, which is what my TC1100 has, so I'm wondering why you say it's an Intel one?

    Please would you remove all the extra cards, leaving only the internal card, restart, and attach the dmesg and lshw output again?

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