View Full Version : [all variants] Wicd drops WPA connection after a while

April 20th, 2009, 11:58 PM
Hi there everyone,

I have Atheros AR5007EG chipset on my HP laptop. I'm sure you know how hard it is to get it working.

Well, finally I did it, by installing Wicd. Everything went perfectly well.

Now, I have two networks in range; one open, and the other one with WPA2 - PSK.

When I connect to the open one, everything works great. The speed is great, the connection is stable etc. However, when I connect to the WPA one, I get the connection (that is, I am able to go to the internet), but after a while (15-20 minutes), the connection drops. Even worse, I can't reconnect to either of the networks (it hangs on "Obtaining IP address" or "Validating Authentication", respectively).

Does anyone know how I can fix this?


P.S. Maybe I should mention that the regular network manager is running in the background (although it doesn't connect; it "connects" to loopback only.)

April 21st, 2009, 06:11 AM
Please, anyone?

April 21st, 2009, 08:05 PM
This sounds like a driver problem. Once wicd makes a connection it is essentially hands-off. It just checks to see that the connection is still there every few seconds. The dropped connection is likely the work of a buggy driver, as is your trouble reconnecting afterward. Does unloading/reloading your wireless driver allow you to get connected again? You can do this with

sudo modprobe -r <driver name>
sudo modprobe <driver name>