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That's weird, wireless works great for me, that includes connecting to multiple networks in different areas, and my laptops battery life is great.
About what I'd expect. The state of things now is much better than it was for the two to seven years ago timeframe that ghell is referring to.

Might be time to take another look.
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post #102 of 118
Yeah, it actually changed drastically over the course of a year or so. The only problem is WICD and some of the daemons don't work well. However, wifi does work and you can easily use the proper wpa_suppliment daemon and configurations to get it to work. I run wifi now all the time, the only problem I'm having is wpa_suppliment doesn't start right and I have to manually call it a specific way. After that I just do "dhcpcd wlan0" and it comes up every time, never disconnects and is always fast.
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post #103 of 118
dhcpcd alone doesn't work well for me. The default lease time is quite short and it doesn't re-lease the IP automatically.
    
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post #104 of 118
Looking at my script....

Code:
#!/bin/bash

wpa_supplicant -Dwext -i wlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -B

dhcpcd wlan0
That's it! Lasts all day, week, and month? I haven't tried a month, maybe I have? I know it leases for a while with me. I don't ever have it re-lease, though I believe it runs silent as a daemon.
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post #105 of 118
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dhcpcd alone doesn't work well for me. The default lease time is quite short and it doesn't re-lease the IP automatically.
The lease time is chosen by the DHCP server (that means that piece of junk wireless router you're using).
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post #106 of 118
That makes sense, since it was pretty cheap

I can manually set the lease time of course. But it still doesn't renew the lease automatically unless I'm using wicd, networkmanager etc. Perhaps automatic renewal isn't the default behaviour but is instead an option. I need to read the docs again.
    
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post #107 of 118
I find the battery life less than advertised on my netbook (never tried Windows, so can't compare). Can anyone recommend something that'll show me CPU clock speed to recognise whether Speedstep is working right? I guess conky, but I know very little about it...
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post #108 of 118
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Its not enabled by default in Arch.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Speedstep



And there's a gnome panel applet that will let you set your scaling governor.
    
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post #109 of 118
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Its not enabled by default in Arch.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Speedstep



And there's a gnome panel applet that will let you set your scaling governor.
I was trying to figure this out. When I did a fresh install I noticed that my idle temps were down where they usually are at 24c the minimum 1604mhz 1.00v downclock. Yet I had not loaded cpufrequtils yet or any of the cpufreq modules. Full oc speed at idle is usually around 32c. cat /proc/cpuinfo shows 3.34 which is neither the max nor the minimum clock but the temps don't make sensoe for that.
Edited by cavallino - 5/19/11 at 8:57am
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post #110 of 118
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I find the battery life less than advertised on my netbook (never tried Windows, so can't compare). Can anyone recommend something that'll show me CPU clock speed to recognise whether Speedstep is working right? I guess conky, but I know very little about it...
I don't know about your specific model but I know that the advertised battery life was based off of my netbook being run in "super power saving" in which the clock speed stayed locked to 800MHz max. I could get the advertised 10-13 hours that way but only with Windows because Linux would lock up with that clock setting. But 800MHz and WIN7 was just pathetically slow; hell even 1.6GHz was pathetic.

To me getting 6-8 hours at 1.6GHz max 1GHz idle is more than enough considering how powerful Linux has made my netbook. Hell I can do some HD playback on it now without noticeable drops. In windows I could barely get DVD movies to work. So I'd call it a fair trade.

Unless you've accessed you're BIOS controls for clocks (I think most netbooks had them hidden but there) you should be running either the most aggressive powersaving or the default clocks and speed step will be enabled in that.
     
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