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Thread: Wireless doesn't work in awesome wm

  1. #1
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    Jun 2009

    Wireless doesn't work in awesome wm

    I decided to install awesome on my laptop (Acer Aspire 5520), which is running Xubuntu 9.04. Wireless works without any problems in xfce, but when I use awesome, it doesn't. It seems to detect the network, but I don't know how to connect to it. This is what iwconfig says, if it helps:

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:"WLAN-AP"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
    Tx-Power=20 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thr: off Fragment thr=2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    I am using ath5k driver, which works fine in xfce.
    Last edited by Holyaxe; September 7th, 2009 at 04:56 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Re: Wireless doesn't work in awesome wm

    I tried

    iwconfig wlan0 channel X ap XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX

    (with the right channel and ap address of course) but it just doesn't work. No matter what I do, it says that access point is non-associated.

    Could anyone help, please?

    EDIT: I managed to configure the network using wicd. No more help needed.
    Last edited by Holyaxe; September 7th, 2009 at 06:23 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Wireless doesn't work in awesome wm

    Always wanted to switch to awesome but couldn't get wireless up. Tried wicd but no luck. Even uninstalled nm (apt-get remove network-manager network-manager-gnome) and rebooted the machine since post-install wicd-daemon complained wicd monitor couldn't load. Finally verified wicd daemon, monitor all are OK and started wicd-gtk but couldn't connect to wireless network. In my situation (strangely) the essid of the network I want to connect to appears at least twice (sometimes 5-6 times) in the network list, some instance claiming it is WEP and others that it is WPA. I know it is WPA and so I gave the WPA passphrase and tried to connect any of the instance - but all failed.

    Finally my solution was to remove wicd and reinstall network-manager* and to invoke nm-applet from within awesome with the following command.

    nm-applet --sm-disable


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