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Sorry I can't recall if you've tried briefly disabling encryption (WEP. WPA) to rule out that possible obstacle. Have you?
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Quote:
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Man, do people even still use IRC these days?
I cry that people don't.

I remember when for the most part you'd go to almost any site and justs search for a few seconds and poof there it was their IRC info. Connect/join the channel and bam, instant real-time conversations with just the people you want.

Most of my favorite sites still do have IRC channels; OCN doesn't
I've also tried having one for just the Linux buffs at OCN. Never got popular.
post #23 of 32
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Haven't tried disabling WEP just yet...

I'm wondering if loading b43legacy requires me to blacklist any drivers that are included in the kernel now? Guess I'll give that a shot next to see if there's something out there conflicting.

I'll be home either tomorrow or Wednesday night depending on the weather so expect another update then.
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Well I tried blacklisting ssb as that was the recommendation I dug up on broadcom's site but I'm led to believe that only applies if you're using the broadcom-sta driver which doesn't cover the ancient broadcom chipset I have. I'm forced to use b43legacy so still back to square 1. I think I've tried everything shy of saying f these drivers and seeing if ndiswrapper gives me better results.

Much googling has turned up many people with the same issue with a plethora of different cards in kernel 2.6.30 and on... with slack 13.1 I have kernel 2.6.33.4.

One thing I did find that might be a solution is: http://www.opennet.ru/tips/info/2214.shtml which is translated here although I'm not quite sure I understand it and it may need to be altered since it was done by someone running Ubuntu?

I've made an unlock-wlan file with that bash script in it per the instructions but beyond that I'm not quite sure what to do with it.

If I run it nothing happens as far as changing my rfkill state. An rfkill list still shows phy0 as hard blocked.

Hopefully someone with more knowledge that I can figure out what those crazy Russians are recommending?


Edit: Just found this too: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t...5-start-0.html ... not sure what's going on in the guy's resolution though and how I can make that possibly happen.
Edited by tier - 1/19/11 at 7:55pm
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post #25 of 32
Greetz
Sorry to bail on you, tier, but it has been years since I had to mess with wireless in Linux thanks to a driverless wireless AP which has a nice web based config just like a router. I tend to work on stubborn hardware just so long until I finally look elsewhere so I can give my money to someone who supports LInux and then I write them telling why I bought their product.

If Broadcom doesn't do better in this regard, I would write them and first threaten to bail and then inform them that I did and which of their competitors got my money and would likely continue to, and "Oh BTW I am telling everybody" but that's just how I roll.
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post #26 of 32
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No worries... if a physical cat5 connection were an option where this PC was located it'd be a non-issue. It's just one of those pita things that you shake your head about and press on.

I could always install an old kernel haha.
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Greetz
I think you misunderstood me. There are many brands and models as well as price ranges but what I use is a DLink G730AP which has a 3-mode wireless device in a package smaller than a cigarette pack. I got mine for around $30 US. It connects to any PC/Laptop via a short length of cat5 but then connects to available wireless networks via the web-based config. It requires no drivers, so it works with ANY OpSys.

The Router mode allows you to connect to a wired connection and broadcast and share it wireless-ly (great for LAN parties and hotel rooms) as well. I've never used the 3rd mode but you can look it up if you're interested.

Here's what mine looks like

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post #28 of 32
That's pretty close to the original wireless solutions for linux. They had wireless boxes that you made which did the same thing. Good stuff!
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post #29 of 32
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Ah, so you're suggesting putting a WAP in place rather than trying to rig up some silly PCI adapter... eth0 will never fail me and the WAP does the talking to my router.

That's a really good idea... BRILLIANT!
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Elementary, my dear tier
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