Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

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Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

Postby woccatozmmm on Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:51 pm

I'm trying to connect using wifi but have got pretty lost. Searching this forum for Zbox Nano AD12 says that all terms are ignored as they're too common! Fair enough, so I'm posting my own topic. It's taken quite a while to get the wireless card recognised (still can't get the bluetooth recognised) but despite all the entries I've made in network connections and MAC address in the MAC filter on the brightbox I still have to connect to the network with ethernet. Where am I going wrong? I have run mintWifi and result is below.

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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Ralink corp. Device 3290
==> PCI ID = 1814:3290
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* II. querying ndiswrapper...
netr28x : driver installed
device (1814:3290) present (alternate driver: rt3290sta)
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* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

ra0 Ralink STA ESSID:"" Nickname:"RT3290STA"
Mode:Auto Frequency=2.437 GHz Bit Rate:1 Mb/s
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Link Quality=100/100 Signal level:-30 dBm Noise level:-30 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

eth0 no wireless extensions.

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* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:01:2e:48:71:14
inet addr:192.168.1.233 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::201:2eff:fe48:7114/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:3767 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3383 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:3288097 (3.2 MB) TX bytes:574148 (574.1 KB)
Interrupt:47 Base address:0x8000

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:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:240 (240.0 B) TX bytes:240 (240.0 B)

ra0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr dc:85:de:2b:30:81
inet6 addr: fe80::de85:deff:fe2b:3081/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:15209 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1380 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:3561632 (3.5 MB) TX bytes:64400 (64.4 KB)
Interrupt:16

ra0:avahi Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr dc:85:de:2b:30:81
inet addr:169.254.7.8 Bcast:169.254.255.255 Mask:255.255.0.0
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
Interrupt:16

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* V. querying DHCP...
Rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8)
utility, e.g. service smbd reload

Since the script you are attempting to invoke has been converted to an
Upstart job, you may also use the reload(8) utility, e.g. reload smbd
RTNETLINK answers: File exists
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
Server: 192.168.1.1
Address: 192.168.1.1#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.67
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.64
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.78
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.69
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.66
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.65
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.72
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.71
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.73
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.68
Name: google.com
Address: 173.194.34.70
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Re: Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

Postby remoulder on Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:53 pm

woccatozmmm wrote:netr28x : driver installed

You have 2 drivers installed, please remove the Windows one via Windows Wireless Drivers.

woccatozmmm wrote:all the entries I've made in network connections

You don't need to make any entries in there manually, they are created automatically when you click on a network in the tray icon list to connect. Please delete any connections under the Wireless tab you have created manually.
[Edit] your original post and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.

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Re: Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

Postby woccatozmmm on Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:13 am

Thanks, I appreciate your response. As you say there was a windows driver and I've removed that. I then also deleted the wireless connection that I'd created. In the software that I have available with this install I can't find anything that can detect the router. I have just checked that the broadcast ssid is on!. Everything works fine on ethernet. I ran this sudo lshw -C network as it was asked for in a post on ubuntu forum.

*-network
description: Network controller
product: Ralink corp.
vendor: Ralink corp.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=rt2860 latency=0
resources: irq:16 memory:fea40000-fea4ffff memory:fea30000-fea3ffff
*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 06
serial: 00:01:2e:48:71:14
size: 100Mbit/s
capacity: 1Gbit/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=full firmware=rtl8168e-3_0.0.4 03/27/12 ip=192.168.1.233 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100Mbit/s
resources: irq:47 ioport:e000(size=256) memory:d0004000-d0004fff memory:d0000000-d0003fff
*-network DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
physical id: 1
logical name: ra0
capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=RALINK WLAN multicast=yes wireless=Ralink STA

So it says network disabled but I don't know where to look to enable it.
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Re: Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

Postby woccatozmmm on Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:54 pm

Playing with this problem still.
On start-up I get the message "waiting for network configuration" and then "waiting up to 60 seconds more" before it puts up the desktop. If I do this with the ethernet cable disconnected, I have to go into Network Connections, and on the "wired" tab I can Add and go in and select the ethernet MAC address from the drop down (as long as I've reconnected the cable!). That's a MAC address of the Realtek card in the PC. If I go to the tab "Wireless" there are no MAC addresses available from the drop down so presumably even with the driver installed I still have to find the line of code to run in the terminal to enable the card or edit something in Pluma. I did try a kernel up-grade to 3.6.x.x but the PC refused to boot and we had to back down from that.
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Re: Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

Postby woccatozmmm on Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:47 am

Still playing with this. Annoyed that I'bve lost the instruction on how to manually blacklist a driver so it would appear from running lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net that I'm using ra2860 and not ra3290sta

03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Ralink corp. Device [1814:3290]
Subsystem: AzureWave Device [1a3b:2b87]
Kernel driver in use: rt2860
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04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller [10ec:8168] (rev 06)
Subsystem: ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd. Device [19da:8168]
Kernel driver in use: r8169

However, following the discovery that the network was disabled I managed to work out that the following command might do something to enable it sudo ifconfig ra0 up. Then ran sudo lshw -C network again
*-network
description: Network controller
product: Ralink corp.
vendor: Ralink corp.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=rt2860 latency=0
resources: irq:16 memory:fea40000-fea4ffff memory:fea30000-fea3ffff
*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 06
serial: 00:01:2e:48:71:14
size: 100Mbit/s
capacity: 1Gbit/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=full firmware=rtl8168e-3_0.0.4 03/27/12 ip=192.168.1.233 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100Mbit/s
resources: irq:47 ioport:e000(size=256) memory:d0004000-d0004fff memory:d0000000-d0003fff
*-network
description: Wireless interface
physical id: 1
logical name: ra0
serial: dc:85:de:2b:30:81
capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=RALINK WLAN multicast=yes wireless=Ralink STA

Oh look, It's describing it! I'm going to do a restart with the ethernet unplugged and see what happens. I'm still looking for the software that allowes me to scan for available wireless networks.
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Re: Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

Postby woccatozmmm on Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:03 am

We may have done it! The final piece of the puzzle was to locate a piece of software that scanned for wireless networks. The Mint Maya 13 install we downloaded only had NetworkManager which looked like it was working but plainly wasn't for wireless. On software manager I searched for network manager and came up with wicd (another term that you won't be able to find in a search on this forum) and installed that. It runs and as long as I have an unsecured network I can connect. Not sure how to make sure I disable NetworkManager and as long as it doesn't interfere after a reboot I'll not bother looking.
If this all works in the long term I'll try to remember what I did, including the hunt for and installing the drivers, blacklisting by editing stuff in pluma, enabling the wireless card etc. Now how do I check that bluetooth is working as the control panel bluetooth software shows that I don't have any bluetooth present and I know it's there?
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Re: Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

Postby woccatozmmm on Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:08 pm

OK, so it only works on unencrypted wifi. Wicd needs some template written so that it doesn't get confused between passkey and preshared key and other things. wpa supplicant comes into it. At least i seems that more people have had this problem, many of the problems have been written about 3 years ago and I downloaded the package today with the same problems.
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Re: Wireless and bluetooth on Zotac ZBox AD12 with Mint Maya

Postby woccatozmmm on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:38 am

Ok, now it's getting more interesting. I have wpasupplicant installed. Is it a totally different package to wpa_supplicant which is referred to in the wicd.log?
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