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denouement
February 22nd, 2010, 10:05 AM
I have an old laptop that I had running Ubuntu 8.04, at first the wireless didn't work, then after some research and troubleshooting, I updated the kernel. This was sometime around winter 07/08. That was what appeared to fix the issue then, though I had done other troubleshooting before that and don't know if that also helped.

Fast forward a few years and I'm now using the laptop a lot more and was annoyed by the slowness. I read about xubuntu being good for older labptop and lighter usage needs (all I need is wireless internet and gedit). I formatted the drive using the xubuntu 9.10 live cd and installed xubuntu 9.10. My wireless card no longer connects to the router. I've tried turning off WPA, and still no luck. I looked at the logs on the router and it doesn't seem to even be getting a DHCP request from the laptop.

I've tried connect to a WPA connection at a local coffee shop and it wont connect either. I also tested my router and the shops using my wifi enabled cell phone and was able to connect to the internet without issue. I verified it was on the internet via wifi by checking the IP address on an external site. Using a wired pcmcia card I am able to connect to the internet.

I've done a bunch of googling and searching on the ubuntu forms but haven't found anything that provides a solution that works. So my apologizes if this has been addressed before, I wasn't able to find anything.

Below is the information requested in the "HOWTO post a Wireless issue," posting. Please let me know what you think and any ideas you might have.

1) Machine Brand:
laptop: Sony Vaio PCG-F680
wireless card (pcmcia): SMC 2635W (ADM8211)

2) Wireless Brand, Model and Chipset:


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ lspci -nn | grep ADM
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: ADMtek ADM8211 802.11b Wireless Interface [1317:8201] (rev 20)

3) Interfaces:


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ ifconfig

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:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:140 (140.0 B) TX bytes:140 (140.0 B)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:04:e2:84:6f:98

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)

wmaster0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-04-E2-84-6F-98-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00

UP RUNNING MTU:0 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)



deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:""

Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long 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:04) Modules:


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ lsmod | grep adm
adm8211 24092 0
mac80211 181236 1 adm8211
eeprom_93cx6 1916 1 adm8211
cfg80211 93052 2 adm8211,mac80211

5) Kernel boot messages:


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ dmesg | grep adm
[87308.560577] adm8211 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A disabled
[87347.376621] adm8211 0000:02:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0003)
[87347.376647] adm8211 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> Link[LNKA] -> GSI 9 (level, low) -> IRQ 9
[87347.376677] adm8211 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[87347.519938] 0000:02:00.0 (adm8211): Channel range: 1 - 11
[87347.519957] 0000:02:00.0 (adm8211): RFtype=1 BBPtype=1 Specific BBP=0 Transceiver=2

6) Configuration:


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ sudo lshw -C network
*-network
description: Wireless interface
product: ADM8211 802.11b Wireless Interface
vendor: ADMtek
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
logical name: wmaster0
version: 20
serial: 00:04:e2:84:6f:98
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list rom logical ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=adm8211 latency=64 maxlatency=128 mingnt=64 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11b
resources: irq:9 ioport:1400(size=256) memory:10000000-100003ff memory:c000000-c01ffff(prefetchable)

7) Scan:


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ iwlist scan
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:14:BF:DA:D0:A7
Channel:6
Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Encryption key:on
ESSID:"notmine1"
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=000001976d5d8e30
Extra: Last beacon: 8976ms ago
IE: Unknown: 0008736E6F776F726C64
IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
IE: Unknown: 030106
IE: Unknown: 2A0104
IE: Unknown: 2F0104
IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
IE: Unknown: DD06001018020014
Cell 02 - Address: 00:1C:F0:55:50:2B
Channel:11
Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Encryption key:on
ESSID:"notmine2"
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
12 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
Mode:Master
Extra:tsf=000007fad146b03f
Extra: Last beacon: 8192ms ago
IE: Unknown: 00074D634172646C65
IE: Unknown: 010882848B960C183048
IE: Unknown: 03010B
IE: Unknown: 2A0100
IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
Cell 03 - Address: 00:0D:88:EC:A2:B8
Channel:1
Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
Quality=48/100 Signal level=48/100

Encryption key:on
ESSID:"mine"
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
12 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
Mode:Master
Extra:tsf=0000003da849a06d
Extra: Last beacon: 8700ms ago
IE: Unknown: 0006676962736F6E
IE: Unknown: 010882848B960C183048
IE: Unknown: 030101
IE: Unknown: 2A0100
IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
IE: Unknown: DD0900037F01010006FF7F
IE: Unknown: DD0C00037F020101040002A34000

(My router is Cell 03)



8) Version:


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ lsb_release -d
Description: Ubuntu 9.10

9) Kernel version (32-bit):


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ uname -mr
2.6.31-14-generic i686

10) Restart:


deno@linux-laptop:~/Desktop$ sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
* Reconfiguring network interfaces... [ OK ]



Thanks in advance for any help or ideas

-deno

denouement
February 23rd, 2010, 02:31 AM
I read around some more and found a few posts that said installing wicd can sometimes resolve problems like this, no luck however.

With wicd it doesn't say any wireless networks now.

I'm really starting to run out of idea, anything to just get me thinking would help.

Thanks,

deno