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Author Topic: Newbie - Wireless Wont Hookup  (Read 6405 times)
Siggy
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« on: December 18, 2010, 09:37:26 pm »

I took a HP laptop with bad hard drive, installed new hard drive & loaded Vector Linux 6.0 Standard.  The system will located my wireless but I can't get it to hook up to it.  Have internet no problem when hard wired.   I find the wireless, enter the password but it either searches for ever - no hook up or just flashes & no hook up.  I have tried every wep password, 1/2 password, no luck.  Can someone give me an idea what it happening?

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bigpaws
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010, 11:37:14 pm »

What is the make model and version number of your
wireless card?

Are you using encryption for your router?

If so have you tried a connection without encryption
to see if the card is working?

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Siggy
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2010, 09:54:31 am »

Can you help on how I find the make model of the wireless card, I am new to VL, In windows xp I can find it but can't seem to find the area in VL that shows my hardware.  I have not tried taking the incriprion out of the wireless router. The wireless card does find the router's name when I search for wireless in the area.   I do appreciate the assistance
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newt
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2010, 10:19:28 am »

The output from these commands would be useful. Generally these are entered in a terminal/shell, and you may need to be root (administrator) for many of the commands:

ifconfig -a
iwconfig
lspci
lsusb
lsmod
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Siggy
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2010, 03:05:09 pm »

so I go to a terminal, it will not recognize any of those commands. So logged into VASMCC as administrator, brought up terminal, still none of the commands were recognized.  It is also funny, I type the commands, see nothing being typed until hit enter, then they show up -

Vector:/~
siggy:$ ifconfig-a
bash: ifconfig-a: command not found
Vector:/~
siggy:$ ifconfig -a
bash: ifconfig: command not found
Vector:/~
siggy:$ Ispci
bash: Ispci: command not found
Vector:/~
siggy:$ iwconfig
bash: iwconfig: command not found
Vector:/~
siggy:$ Isusb
bash: Isusb: command not found
Vector:/~
siggy:$ Ismod
bash: Ismod: command not found
Vector:/~


cant get the $ to go away either.
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Siggy
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2010, 03:41:34 pm »

ok, so finally got to this with 1smod

siggy:$ lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
rfkill_input            5376  0
snd_seq_dummy           3716  0
snd_seq_oss            31872  0
snd_seq_midi_event      6912  1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq                48368  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device          7436  3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss            37408  0
snd_mixer_oss          15104  1 snd_pcm_oss
p4_clockmod             4900  1
speedstep_lib           4740  1 p4_clockmod
freq_table              4352  1 p4_clockmod
arc4                    2688  2
ecb                     3584  2
crypto_blkcipher       16516  1 ecb
cryptomgr               3712  0
b43                   116764  0
rfkill                  8984  3 rfkill_input,b43
mac80211              155548  1 b43
cfg80211               23688  1 mac80211
led_class               4484  1 b43
input_polldev           4232  1 b43
rtc_cmos               10144  0
snd_atiixp             16524  2
rtc_core               15132  1 rtc_cmos
rtc_lib                 3328  1 rtc_core
8139too                23936  0
snd_ac97_codec         99492  1 snd_atiixp
ssb                    29956  1 b43
mii                     5376  1 8139too
ac97_bus                2432  1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_pcm                67972  3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_atiixp,snd_ac97_codec
snd_timer              19976  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd                    51492  14 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_atiixp,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore               7008  1 snd
snd_page_alloc          8840  2 snd_atiixp,snd_pcm
serio_raw               6020  0
i2c_piix4               8592  0
i2c_core               21268  1 i2c_piix4
parport_pc             35908  0
parport                31724  1 parport_pc
video                  17040  0
output                  3456  1 video
wmi                     6568  0
shpchp                 29716  0
pci_hotplug            27040  1 shpchp
ati_agp                 7564  1
joydev                 10048  0
evdev                  1014
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newt
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2010, 04:10:14 pm »

Looks like you have a broadcom chipset wireless device as indicated by the 'b43' module being loaded, however this does not guarantee anything. We will still the output from the previously mentioned commands.  Try this:

-Open a terminal
-type 'su'
-hit ENTER
-enter your root/administrator password when prompted
-then enter the commands I mentioned earlier and post the output here

Let us know if you continue to have troubles.
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GrannyGeek
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2010, 04:21:01 pm »

Before you run the commands in a terminal, do
su
Then type in your root password.

The prompt should now indicate you are running as root, like this:
root:#

Now type each command and report the results. When you're finished, type
exit
at the prompt to return to being user.

You have to run ifconfig and iwconfig as root. DON'T log in as root. Simply do su and your root password to become root and exit back to user as soon as you finish your root business.

You can run lsmod as user. You can run the other two as user like this:
/sbin/lspci
/sbin/lsusb

The commands won't be found if you omit /sbin before the commands. I suggested running them all as root because they will all work just by typing the name.

If I understand what you did with VASMCC, I think you may be confused. Running VASMCC as superuser does not give you root privileges for anything else. It's just for running VASMCC. When you open a terminal, you will be opening it as user. Do the su thing above and work as root for the commands you run in the terminal until you exit back to user or close the terminal.
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Siggy
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2010, 04:31:00 pm »

I found your posted How to Recipes. that is where I go to the above.  But can't get it to do any of the other commands. Went to VASM to try to get to hardware but when VASM comes up it only gives : PASSWD Change password, XWMSET setup default manager, SKEL reset default settings, SUPER run super VSAM (root password needed) EXIT bye, see you later.  Nothing as a menu to Hardware --to get to HWCONF.  Also the password though checked to save never does.  So may be showing my No knowlege of what is going on, but figure that is the only way I am going to learn. 
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Siggy
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2010, 04:39:46 pm »

So I can't get my root password to work. IS there a way to change it?
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Siggy
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2010, 04:46:00 pm »

finally it took the root password.will post shortly
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Siggy
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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2010, 04:47:26 pm »

Vector://home/siggy
root:# ifconfig -a
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0f:b0:40:00:e3 
          inet addr:192.168.2.103  Bcast:192.168.2.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:4064 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:4647 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:1786282 (1.7 MiB)  TX bytes:1183837 (1.1 MiB)
          Interrupt:19 Base address:0xa000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback 
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:1 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:100 (100.0 B)  TX bytes:100 (100.0 B)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:90:4b:99:f6:b3 
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

wmaster0  Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-90-4B-99-F6-B3-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00 
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:
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Siggy
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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2010, 04:48:29 pm »

Vector://home/siggy
root:# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wmaster0  no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"FRONTIER" 
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
          Tx-Power=27 dBm   
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B   
          Encryption key:5AAB-7F5D-A2   Security mode:open
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

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Siggy
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« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2010, 04:49:29 pm »

Vector://home/siggy
root:# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon 9100 IGP Host Bridge (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon 9100 IGP AGP Bridge
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc OHCI USB Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc OHCI USB Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SMBus (rev 16)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc Dual Channel Bus Master PCI IDE Controller
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 434c
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP200 3COM 3C920B Ethernet Controller
00:14.5 Multimedia audio controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP150 AC'97 Audio Controller
00:14.6 Modem: ATI Technologies Inc IXP AC'97 Modem (rev 01)
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS300M AGP [Radeon Mobility 9100IGP]
02:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
02:03.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
02:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:04.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:07.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
02:07.1 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
02:07.2 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB 2.0 (rev 04)
Vector://home/siggy
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Siggy
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« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2010, 04:50:20 pm »

Vector://home/siggy
root:# lsusb
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 046e:556e Behavior Tech. Computer Corp.
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Vector://home/siggy
root:#
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