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Thread: [SOLVED] Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

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    [SOLVED] Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    I've attempted to install Ubuntu Hardy on an older PC. The live CD works, but as soon as I install and boot from HDD, the system becomes very sluggish until it freezes with 2 blinking keyboard leds: the caps lock and the scroll lock. I've already attempted some boot options as hinted by some threads on misc forums, but no such luck. More specifically, I've attempted various combinations of "noacpi", "noapic", "irqpoll" to no avail. Most of the time I am still able to log in, but the system is so sluggish I can't even open the logs. Opening a terminal takes ages, and typically I can't type anything. Eventually it gets into the blinking keyboard led state sooner or later.

    The system:

    Intel P3-450MHz (slot-A)
    Asus P3B-F with BIOS 1006 (there is a later version 1008 but it's still beta, I haven't dared try it yet)
    3Dfx Voodoo 3 graphics board
    3 x 256 PC-133 RAM
    1 wired ethernet card (some common Realtek chip)
    1 wireless ethernet card (a more recent chip, dunno which one but the retail box was a D-Link)

    Any ideas?
    What do the blinking keyboard leds actually mean?

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    Re: Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    I believe it has something to do with the wifi. When I boot from the livecd everything works fine until I try to enter a wireless network connection for the wifi. While booted from the livecd, I was able to take a peek into /var/log/messages on the hdd and it was filled with network error messages. Imho the wifi remains a major pain point in hardy... Even if updates were available, ss long as I don't have network I can't download any updates, which leaves me with a chicken-and-egg situation...

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    Re: Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    Yes, it's definitely the wifi card that's the problem: it's a Texas Instruments ACX 111... Still no solution though... I'm going crazy trying to fix this installation, the system always freezes before I can do anything useful to try and fix it...

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    Re: Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    Quote Originally Posted by peterdm View Post
    Yes, it's definitely the wifi card that's the problem: it's a Texas Instruments ACX 111... Still no solution though... I'm going crazy trying to fix this installation, the system always freezes before I can do anything useful to try and fix it...
    Hi and please do not make multiple threads on the same issue.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=853098
    If you have a wired connection can you try and update hardy 8.04 and maybe solve the issue. I had a similar issue with a desktop and wireless and I had to remove the card to install and then reinstall and worked fine after the updates.

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    Re: Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    Sorry about the multiple threads... When I realized it was a networking issue I wanted to move this thread to a more appropriate forum so I started a new thread in the networking forum. From now on I'll just stick to this one.

    Removing the wireless indeed fixes the problem (and allows me to update and investigate the system), but when I put it back in the problem reappears. But at the very least this allowed me to investigate the system some more.

    First I wanted to check if the firmware update during had happened successfully. I remember having read something about this somewhere on the sourceforge project homepage of the acx 111 driver. So in /var/log/messages I grepped the lines containing "firmware":

    Jul 8 22:25:04 dolphin kernel: [ 67.939055] acx: Loaded combined PCI/USB driver, firmware_ver=default
    Jul 8 22:25:04 dolphin kernel: [ 67.939073] acx: compiled to use 32bit I/O access. I/O timing issues might occur, such as non-working firmware upload. Report them
    Jul 8 22:25:04 dolphin kernel: [ 67.950596] acx: loading firmware for acx1111 chipset with radio ID 16
    Jul 8 22:25:04 dolphin kernel: [ 84.011878] acx: === chipset TNETW1130, radio type 0x16 (Radia), form factor 0x01 ((mini-)PCI / CardBus), EEPROM version 0x05: uploaded firmware 'Rev 1.2.1.34' ===
    So at least the firmware seems to have been updated correctly. So then I grepped for "wlan0":

    Jul 8 12:44:59 dolphin kernel: [ 5923.028757] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:01 dolphin kernel: [ 5925.528308] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:04 dolphin kernel: [ 5928.027868] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:06 dolphin kernel: [ 5930.527455] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:09 dolphin kernel: [ 5933.026980] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:18 dolphin kernel: [ 5941.881909] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:19 dolphin kernel: [ 5943.381206] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:22 dolphin kernel: [ 5945.880771] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:25 dolphin kernel: [ 5949.644277] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:27 dolphin kernel: [ 5950.879879] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:29 dolphin kernel: [ 5953.379421] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:32 dolphin kernel: [ 5955.879015] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 12:45:33 dolphin kernel: [ 5957.203299] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    Jul 8 12:49:54 dolphin kernel: [ 6218.048205] wlan0: issue_cmd(): timed out waiting for CMD_COMPLETE. irq bits:0x0000 irq_status:0x0000 timeout:49ms cmd_status:1 (Success)
    Jul 8 12:49:54 dolphin kernel: [ 6218.048233] wlan0: issue_cmd(cmd:0x0016) FAILED
    Jul 8 12:50:50 dolphin kernel: [ 6274.277272] wlan0: issue_cmd(): timed out waiting for CMD_COMPLETE. irq bits:0x0000 irq_status:0x0000 timeout:49ms cmd_status:1 (Success)
    Jul 8 12:50:50 dolphin kernel: [ 6274.277301] wlan0: issue_cmd(cmd:0x0002) FAILED
    Jul 8 12:50:50 dolphin kernel: [ 6274.278714] wlan0: configure(type:0x1010) FAILED
    Jul 8 13:40:40 dolphin kernel: [ 80.667304] acx v0.3.36: net device wlan0, driver compiled against wireless extensions 22 and Linux 2.6.24-19-generic
    Jul 8 13:40:45 dolphin kernel: [ 95.730670] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    Jul 8 13:41:37 dolphin kernel: [ 148.227338] wlan0: issue_cmd(): timed out waiting for CMD_COMPLETE. irq bits:0x0000 irq_status:0x0000 timeout:49ms cmd_status:1 (Success)
    Jul 8 13:41:37 dolphin kernel: [ 148.227367] wlan0: issue_cmd(cmd:0x0002) FAILED
    Jul 8 13:41:37 dolphin kernel: [ 148.228839] wlan0: configure(type:0x1010) FAILED
    Jul 8 13:46:10 dolphin kernel: [ 420.607875] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 13:47:05 dolphin kernel: [ 476.104064] wlan0: issue_cmd(): timed out waiting for CMD_COMPLETE. irq bits:0x0000 irq_status:0x0000 timeout:49ms cmd_status:1 (Success)
    Jul 8 13:47:05 dolphin kernel: [ 476.104093] wlan0: issue_cmd(cmd:0x0002) FAILED
    Jul 8 13:47:05 dolphin kernel: [ 476.105588] wlan0: configure(type:0x1010) FAILED
    Jul 8 13:48:57 dolphin kernel: [ 587.722015] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 13:56:16 dolphin kernel: [ 202.588909] acx v0.3.36: net device wlan0, driver compiled against wireless extensions 22 and Linux 2.6.24-19-generic
    Jul 8 13:56:21 dolphin kernel: [ 217.908444] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    Jul 8 14:01:44 dolphin kernel: [ 540.796687] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 14:03:36 dolphin kernel: [ 652.478505] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 14:05:28 dolphin kernel: [ 764.488712] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 14:07:19 dolphin kernel: [ 876.263793] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 14:09:11 dolphin kernel: [ 988.056553] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 14:11:03 dolphin kernel: [ 1099.627934] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 14:15:12 dolphin kernel: [ 81.319388] acx v0.3.36: net device wlan0, driver compiled against wireless extensions 22 and Linux 2.6.24-19-generic
    Jul 8 14:15:17 dolphin kernel: [ 96.775035] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    Jul 8 14:16:06 dolphin kernel: [ 145.305730] wlan0: issue_cmd(): timed out waiting for CMD_COMPLETE. irq bits:0x0000 irq_status:0x0000 timeout:49ms cmd_status:1 (Success)
    Jul 8 14:16:06 dolphin kernel: [ 145.305759] wlan0: issue_cmd(cmd:0x0016) FAILED
    Jul 8 14:18:10 dolphin kernel: [ 270.078054] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 14:20:03 dolphin kernel: [ 382.281409] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 14:21:55 dolphin kernel: [ 494.181441] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    Jul 8 22:25:04 dolphin kernel: [ 84.013189] acx v0.3.36: net device wlan0, driver compiled against wireless extensions 22 and Linux 2.6.24-19-generic
    Jul 8 22:25:08 dolphin kernel: [ 99.420797] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    Jul 8 22:27:25 dolphin kernel: [ 235.805649] wlan0: association FAILED: peer sent Status Code 1 (Unspecified failure)
    This doesn't look too good... I probably should try to pin-point the logging at the time the system freezes, but I've had enough for today, I'll start digging again tomorrow...

    Ciao,

    Peter

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    Re: Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    Pheeew, I finally got it fixed thanks to hints in this thread.

    This is what I did to get a stubborn acx 111 (branded D-Link AirPlusG+ DWL-G520+) working with WPA-PSK:

    1. Unplug the wireless card from the pci slot preventing the system freezes
    2. Disable network manager as explained here
    3. Create a /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf file as explained here (needed for wpa-psk)
    4. Edit the /etc/network/interfaces as explained by nick_h here
    5. Plug the wireless card back in the pci slot


    Reboot and tadaa! Wifi works!

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    Re: Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    It seems I've cheered too soon... What is good is that my system does not freeze anymore and it gets an ip address. What is not so good is that it's an alien ip address not originating from my router. Internet still does not work. Since I'm on manual internet now (network manager disabled), I double-checked the /etc/network/interfaces and they contain only the wpa settings for my router, I have no idea where it picks up other settings.

    Which tools can I use to inspect the ssid etc. of my current connnection?

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    Re: Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    I finally got wireless working. It took me 2 days to figure it out, but I think I finally understand Ubuntu networking a little bit better. Let me summarize it for you, so one day it may save someone else some time:

    My quest: to connect to the internet through a wireless router, using PSA-PSK as wireless authentication protocol. The network card is a D-Link AirPlusG+ DWL-G520+ PCI card, which has a Texas Instruments ACX 111 chipset. There is also a wired network card with a Realtek chipset in the same system, but that is not very relevant here since I really want to get the wireless to work.

    Where it went wrong: after installation, I wanted to switch to the wireless interface. I had tried enabling WPA-PSK via System->Administration->Network, but as soon as I did that the system froze. It kept on freezing upon reboot.

    Linux is about choices. The problem is that it's not always clear what the choices are and which ones to make. So here is a guide:

    1. Choose the driver for your card. There is an open-source driver for the chipset: http://acx100.sourceforge.net/, but the current version does not support WPA-PSK. The alternative is to use the ndiswrapper http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/joomla/index.php?/, which is a Linux wrapper around the Windows driver. It requires you to download and unzip the windows drivers, but it works with WPA-PSK.
    2. Choose how you want to manage the network. Network manager https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NetworkManager is the default in Ubuntu, unfortunately it is still beta and it does not work well with this hardware in combination with WPA-PSK (it freezes the system). Network interfaces under control of network manager will show up as "Roaming" under System->Administration->Network. So the alternative is to disable network manager and manually manage the /etc/network/interfaces. The downside is that the nifty network status icons in the top right bar are gone. Check out the link to see how it's done.
    3. Choose the wireless authentication protocol. WPA offers better security than WEP, so I'll go for WPA. For WPA-PSK in combination with the ndiswrapper driver, you need wpa_supplicant http://hostap.epitest.fi/wpa_supplicant/. This means manually editing /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf and /etc/network/interfaces.


    Code:
    peter@dolphin:~$ cat /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf 
    ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
    
    network={
    	ssid="myssid"
    	scan_ssid=1
    	proto=WPA
    	key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
    	pairwise=TKIP
    	group=TKIP
    	psk=thisisakeyinhex
    }
    Code:
    peter@dolphin:~$ cat /etc/network/interfaces 
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet dhcp
    
    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet dhcp
    pre-up wpa_supplicant -Bw -Dndiswrapper -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
    post-down killall -q wpa_supplicant
    Last edited by peterdm; July 21st, 2008 at 04:18 PM.

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    Re: [SOLVED] Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    Wireless interface only works as long as the wired interface is also connected... Not sure why???

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    Re: [SOLVED] Computer freezes with blinking caps lock and scroll lock leds

    My problem is slightly different.
    Ubuntu Lucid_x64.

    PC will has randomly start flashing Caps Lock and hang, then have to force a reboot.
    Even did it before loading login screen today (while displaying boot splash)
    I dont have a wireless device.
    Read about Google chrome doing this but my Sync is disabled/not used.

    What else could it be ?
    I upgraded the latest stable kernel etc.

    MSI P45 Neo-F
    Core 2 E8500
    8GB Ram
    Nvidia GTX460
    Last edited by ingeon; March 19th, 2011 at 04:39 PM.

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