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    Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    I have a strange issue.

    During boot, if the switch for wireless is on, it stalls on the progress bar very early on. If I switch it off, it loads fine. I can then switch it back on and connect to networks and use the laptop with no issues.

    This is a brand new serval, and I haven't loaded anything on it yet, just turned it on and off a bunch of times after the setup ran trying to diagnose it.

    I ran the update, thinking that would help. It doesn't.

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    See these tips here: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-fix...r-laptops.html

    It sounds like your wireless is being configured (or attempting to configure) on start-up. This means that if there is no nearby dhcp servers it will need to wait for the timeout to finish booting.

    Commenting out the appropriate lines in the /etc/network/interfaces file should fix the problem

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    I am right next to a wireless node that I set up, and other devices do not pause when connecting.

    I'm also using 8.04, not the version in that how-to. It doesn't seem to have done anything.

    Same problem.

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    Can you check through the various log files? These are /var/log/syslog, /var/log/messages & /var/log/daemon.log

    These may have messages indicating why the wireless slows the boot process down so much.

    Another thing to check, when you see the Ubuntu boot screen (with the progress bar), hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to a console which prints out what is happening. What step does this pause at?

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    I solved it another way.


    The more I dug into 8.04, the more I missed certain features that gnome under 7.10 had. I reinstalled the OS to 7.10 following directions that the system76 guys sent me.

    Works great now, and everything I wanted to put on it works, unlike 8.04.

    I'm a happy camper, and will add one more name to the happy system76 owner list.

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    Sounds like a good solution

    Hardy does seem a little quirky still, but it might be worth checking out in a few months again.

    Glad the system is working satisfactorily again!

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    Me too.

    Thanks for the help, peitschie.
    Even though I did go the extreme route to fix it.

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    It's possible you have the same issue I've had intermittently, as discussed in http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=789766

    There seems to be something screwy with the wireless card and booting. I'll try turning off the switch as you did and see if I have any boot up problems that way.

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    I am also experiencing this problem on my brand new Serval. The darn thing loads slower than a Vista boot. It was so slow, I thought it had locked up. Luckily, my problems seem to have been alleviated by having the wireless switched off while booting. Quick fix, but unfortunately when I switch the wireless back on once logged in, it doesnt see any of the wireless networks and I have to restart with the wireless turned on to see anything (boo!).

    Are there any good fixes or does the link posted about fixing it in Feisty address the problem in Hardy too?

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    Re: Strange Boot issue with wireless.

    To fix your /etc/network/interfaces file, go to a terminal
    (Application > Accessories > Terminal) and enter the following command:

    sudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces

    This will launch a text editor with the interfaces file opened in it.

    In this file, put a comment (#) in front of EVERY line of the file
    EXCEPT for these two lines:

    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

    Click SAVE on the text editor and reboot your computer.
    It should now boot faster and connect to networks more easily.

    NOTE:
    Unless you are dealing with static IP addresses (which is pretty rare for the
    general end-user) you should NOT establish a network connection by going to
    System > Administration > Network.

    Instead, you should connect to the Internet using the Network Manager icon
    in the upper right corner of your screen (the one that looks like a little
    computer monitor).
    To err is human, to forgive is very ... dog-like.

    Thomas Aaron
    FetchMasters, LLC

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