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(Solved) Wireless Mint 9 stopped working

Postby ElectricRider on Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:27 am

I set up a new connection and hit the SCAN button and selected my router from the list of active connections it found. Under WEP i typed in the password number listed on the back of my router as i would for this laptop if i were using Windows. I hit apply and o.k. It worked once then when i rebooted, all the info is still there but the connection does not work.

P.S. In Ubuntu i didn't have to do any of that.. just click the icon and type in the pw and poof I was surfing . It remembered this everything when re-logged on.. Someone told me that Mint should work the same way but it appears it does not.

Anyway, what happens is the icon in the bottom tells me its trying to activate and it says something about configuring staus - but it never connects again. I have checked and rechecked the router PW and it's correct.

Please help me with these issues. Thank You.

Here's the dope:
Note: i made this when the Ethernet cable was connected so I do not know if this will show you all you need - it wasn't trying to connect wirelessly at the time.
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
==> PCI ID = 168c:002b (rev 01)
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* II. querying ndiswrapper...
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* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"2WIRE270"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:on

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* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr c8:0a:a9:56:2f:48
inet addr:192.168.1.66 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::ca0a:a9ff:fe56:2f48/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:13383 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:10290 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:13326719 (13.3 MB) TX bytes:1393299 (1.3 MB)
Interrupt:27 Base address:0x6000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:230 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:230 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:15220 (15.2 KB) TX bytes:15220 (15.2 KB)

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* V. querying DHCP...
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.3
Copyright 2004-2009 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit https://www.isc.org/software/dhcp/

Listening on LPF/wlan0/78:e4:00:05:71:ad
Sending on LPF/wlan0/78:e4:00:05:71:ad
Listening on LPF/eth0/c8:0a:a9:56:2f:48
Sending on LPF/eth0/c8:0a:a9:56:2f:48
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 4
DHCPOFFER of 192.168.1.66 from 192.168.1.254
DHCPREQUEST of 192.168.1.66 on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 4
DHCPACK of 192.168.1.66 from 192.168.1.254
bound to 192.168.1.66 -- renewal in 33749 seconds.
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
Server: 192.168.1.254
Address: 192.168.1.254#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.45.103
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.45.106
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.45.105
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.45.147
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.45.104
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.45.99
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Network: Card-1 Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver ath9k
Card-2 Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller driver r8169
Last edited by ElectricRider on Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Wireless Mint 9 stopped working

Postby TBABill on Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:41 am

Can you run
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sudo rfkill list
to see if your wireless is either soft or hard blocked? Some updated drivers (Broadcom and some Atheros) have had issues recently with installs or updates running that ends up disabling wireless until they restore the settings. This may, however, not be your problem.
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Re: Wireless Mint 9 stopped working

Postby ElectricRider on Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:44 am

Here are results-

0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
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Re: Wireless Mint 9 stopped working

Postby TBABill on Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:09 am

http://dimitar.me/how-to-enable-the-ath ... cid-10-04/

Can you try this link? I don't have a wireless using the ath9k so I can't do much to assist other than do some searching for proposed fixes. I found this on ubuntuforums.org because fixes there should apply.
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Re: Wireless Mint 9 stopped working

Postby ElectricRider on Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:12 pm

Thank you for the answer.

That page is really involved and has me editing the Kernel Source doing this that and recompiling. I'm not ready to try any of those things yet as i have only had Mint less than 24 hours.

I think i'd have an easier time teaching Fred ( My Mint OS) to eat Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches. ( Kidding of course.. i'd never do that.. only Ham on rye)

But seriously..I will look it over and perhaps get up the nerve to try it in a couple of days.

Unless anyone else has other ideas?
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Re: Wireless Mint 9 stopped working

Postby ElectricRider on Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:07 am

After careful consideration of that guide I have decided not to even try to follow it. I will have to wait for another solution. That is way too hard for me to try even in a few days. I know it did work once.. so I know it's possible. That tells me it must be something simple. I know this same wireless card worked right out of the box with Ubuntu 10.10 so I feel it shouldn't be too hard to get it working with Mint.

Anyone else wanna take a stab at it?
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Re: Wireless Mint 9 stopped working

Postby ElectricRider on Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:00 am

I got it to work again.. But.. How i got it to work was it tried to activate.. thinks for a while then pops up the windows with the wep connection settings and password. i noticed that the password it had was wrong ( I had just remade a new connection and i know i typed it in right) It was a longer strange password. i erased that and retyped my router password. Then it connected.

That was odd. Knock on wood. After a reboot it's still working. hopefully it will continue to do so.
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Re: Wireless Mint 9 stopped working

Postby TBABill on Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:33 am

That is bizarre but that's great news that you got it going. Fingers crossed it will just keep on going.
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