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Sounds good, I'll give that a shot tonight if need be. I ran startx last night just to give it a go and KDE seemed to load without any issue. It was just the console that was having resolution troubles.

Hopefully I can get the wifi functional tonight. Once I'm online with the box it'll be far easier as I can just google everything I botch up.
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Sounds good, I'll give that a shot tonight if need be. I ran startx last night just to give it a go and KDE seemed to load without any issue. It was just the console that was having resolution troubles.

Hopefully I can get the wifi functional tonight. Once I'm online with the box it'll be far easier as I can just google everything I botch up.
Cool. Wifi issues?
1) Install wicd
2) Run it
a) works? done
b) fails? Post the brand and exact model (or chipset) of your wifi unit
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Well, I'm at a loss. Wednesday night I at least had a wlan0 device... last night no such luck.

I can see the bcm43xx drivers load during boot up but for some reason when I run an ifconfig all I get is details on lo, no wlan0. Not sure how to get it back.
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Well, I'm at a loss. Wednesday night I at least had a wlan0 device... last night no such luck.

I can see the bcm43xx drivers load during boot up but for some reason when I run an ifconfig all I get is details on lo, no wlan0. Not sure how to get it back.

Did you mean " iwconfig "? and don't forget your logs. Also look in "/etc/rc.d" at "rc.wireless.conf" and "rc.inet1.conf". There are good notes in there as well as settings. Did you try wicd? IIRC it's right on the install DVD possibly in Extras but listed in Packages.txt for certain.
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If you want a challenge try Gentoo. It can be simple or complicated depending on the path you take. The main benefit of Gentoo (from a stage one build) is that the resulting OS will be tailored to the hardware you are running it on and the applications you intend to use. It is not a stock install, rather built on the machine you are installing from.

The first time I tried Gentoo (almost 10 years ago) it took 3 days to compile and configure on the server I was using (sgi/intel box). I learned a lot from that install alone even though it never worked properly (mistakes I made). I have used it on a couple of projects where speed was the highest priority (imaging and component verification).

At least give it a look through.
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Alright, so the weekend has passed and I finally had some time to screw with the wifi again this evening.

So, after getting the proper firmware loaded with b43-fwcutter we're a bit closer. I've grabbed this from dmesg:

b43legacy ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43legacy/ucode2.fw
b43legacy ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43legacy/pcm4.fw
b43legacy ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43legacy/b0g0initvals2.fw
b43legacy-phy0: Loading firmware version 0x127, patch level 14 (2005-04-18 02:36:27)
b43legacy-phy0 warning: LEDs: Unknown behaviour 0x2B
b43legacy-phy0 warning: LEDs: Unknown behaviour 0x78
b43legacy-phy0 warning: LEDs: Unknown behaviour 0x2E
b43legacy-phy0 warning: LEDs: Unknown behaviour 0x19
b43legacy-phy0: Radio hardware status changed to DISABLED
b43legacy-phy0: Radio turned on by software
b43legacy-phy0: The hardware RF-kill button still turns the radio physically off. Press the button to turn it on.

If I do a ifconfig wlan0 up I get: SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132

Manually running rc.inet1 gives:

wlan0 information: 'Any ESSID'
Error for wireless request "Set Nickname" (8B1C) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Operation not supported.
Error for wireless request "Set Bit Rate" (8B20) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.
Polling for DHCP server on interface wlan0:
dhcpcd: version 5.2.2 starting
dhcpcd: wlan0: up_interface: Unknown error 132
dhcpcd: wlan0: waiting for carrier
dhcpcd: timed out
dhcpcd: allowing 8 seconds for IPv4LL timeout
dhcpcd: timed out

Found some info regarding that Unknown 132 error and rfkill. So next up I look at that:

tail /sys/class/rfkill/*/{state,name,type,persistent}
==> /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/state <==2
==> /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/name <==phy0
==> /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/type <==wlan
==> /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/persistent <==0

I don't see how it's being turned off when it's clearly enabled and there is no hardware switch. Can I force it to be enabled if I install the rfkill package and do something like rfkill unblock wifi? Assuming that works, how can I make that happen on boot.

Also, a state of 2 also makes no sense to me when 0 is off and 1 is on.

Sure it'd be easier to drop the $25 on a new card but the struggle is half the fun...
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What is the output when you run "iwconfig" ( don't miss the "W") as root.
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post #18 of 32
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So it took me a week to have time again but here is the output of iwconfig:

wlan0 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:"painintheass"
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr: off Fragment thr: off
Encryption key:****-****-**
Power Management: off

Fitting name for the network, eh?

I did install rfkill yesterday and tried doing an rfkill unblock all but I was still left with rfkill having a state of 2 on wlan so I'm at a loss right now.
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Yeah I've been through all of that... it's still not even attempting to search for a network.
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