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    Question Thinkpad X31 Wireless

    Have an older X31 with built-in wireless. Was working up until updates ran today. Now nothing - no wireless. Devices are found successfully and the wireless network settings are in place but it's like it doesn't even know the wireless hardware is there. Any ideas?

    The system was updated to "Hardy Heron".
    Before HH, wireless was fine.

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    Re: Thinkpad X31 Wireless

    The X31 came with 4-5 different wireless cards. Which one do you have? Find out with:
    Code:
    sudo lshw -C network
    Post back and we'll be glad to help.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Thinkpad X31 Wireless

    Here is what it shows:

    PCI (sysfs)
    *-network:1
    description: Wireless interface
    product: AR5212 802.11abg NIC
    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
    physical id: 2
    bus info: pci@0000:02:02.0
    logical name: wifi0
    version: 01
    serial: 00:05:4e:4c:d6:0b
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath_pci ip=10.0.0.103 latency=168 maxlatency=28 mingnt=10 module=ath_pci multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g
    What's interesting, I ran a fresh install of 8.04.1 and the wireless works now but I need to change it back and forth from roaming mode so that the interface updates. It doesn't remember the settings nor will it find any other broadcasted SSID's unless I toggle in and out of roaming mode. It seems like it "forgets" it has wireless capabilities. I need to do this everytime the machine is rebooted.

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    Re: Thinkpad X31 Wireless

    Seams to be solved on http://ubuntu-utah.ubuntuforums.org/...d.php?t=409247

    Add the following lines to your /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file:

    # these aes modules break the airo driver
    blacklist padlock_aes
    blacklist geode_aes

    I have a similar pb after upgrading from gutsy.

    tennvic

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    Re: Thinkpad X31 Wireless

    I tried that fix from the other thread but that doesn't do much. What's odd is that even after getting the wireless to work in the same session, after several hours it stops. I know it is NOT a hardware problem because booting into Windows, everything is fine.

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    Re: Thinkpad X31 Wireless

    Anybody see any issue here?
    driver=ath_pci ip=10.0.0.103
    And here:
    # these aes modules break the airo driver
    I doubt the blacklist did anything useful.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Thinkpad X31 Wireless

    Got a similar issue with my IBM X31 airo WIFI card on Gutsy (old but works well with the X31)

    WIFI works then WIFI stops

    do a
    sudo modprobe -r airo
    sudo modprobe -i airo

    then WIFI works again

    Seems to be dependent on the amount of traffic put through the card so always stops in the middle of a film or large download

    Anyone got any ideas?

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