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  1. problematic wifi on opensuse 10.3 with dell m1210 laptop


    Hello,

    It seems that after an upgrade from OpenSUSE 10.2 to 10.3 on a dell xps
    m1210 laptop, I can't seem to get a stable connection.

    Short version of the story:
    - opensuse 10.2 worked just fine, after installing the ipw-firmware package
    - after the upgrade to 10.3, I get dropped connections every 2-5 minutes

    Long version of the story:

    Currently using iwlwifi driver. The iwl3945 didn't seem to be even able to
    connect. The issue is present regardless of the wifi AP I connect to
    (although all the ones I've tried were 802.11G), and appears regardles of
    amount of traffic I send.

    I'm at a loss as to how to solve it. I'd appreciate any hints/suggestions,
    maybe somebody else ran into the same problem


    Some relevant information:

    last 10 minutes from /var/log/messages
    ===
    Oct 17 20:40:15 frodo kernel: wlan0: No ProbeResp from current AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa - assume out of range
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: No STA entry for own AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: authentication frame received from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa, but not in authenticate state - ignored
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:40:19 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    Oct 17 20:42:32 frodo kernel: wlan0: No ProbeResp from current AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa - assume out of range
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: No STA entry for own AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:42:35 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    Oct 17 20:44:48 frodo kernel: wlan0: No ProbeResp from current AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa - assume out of range
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: No STA entry for own AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: authentication frame received from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa, but not in authenticate state - ignored
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:44:52 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    Oct 17 20:47:04 frodo kernel: wlan0: No ProbeResp from current AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa - assume out of range
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: No STA entry for own AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:47:08 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    Oct 17 20:47:45 frodo smartd[3572]: Device: /dev/sda, SMART Usage Attribute:
    190 Temperature_Celsius changed from 63 to 62
    Oct 17 20:47:45 frodo smartd[3572]: Device: /dev/sda, SMART Usage Attribute:
    194 Temperature_Celsius changed from 37 to 38
    Oct 17 20:49:21 frodo kernel: wlan0: No ProbeResp from current AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa - assume out of range
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: No STA entry for own AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: authentication frame received from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa, but not in authenticate state - ignored
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:49:24 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    Oct 17 20:51:37 frodo kernel: wlan0: No ProbeResp from current AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa - assume out of range
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: No STA entry for own AP
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX authentication from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: authenticated
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: associate with AP 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: authentication frame received from
    00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa, but not in authenticate state - ignored
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: RX ReassocResp from 00:09:5b:dc:fa:aa
    (capab=0x21 status=0 aid=10)
    Oct 17 20:51:41 frodo kernel: wlan0: associated
    ===

    current ifconfig wlan0

    wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:13:02:B8:11:24
    inet addr:10.0.0.22 Bcast:10.0.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:965991 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:888167 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:371623587 (354.4 Mb) TX bytes:156101954 (148.8 Mb)

    ===

    /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-wlan0 :

    dom@frodo:/etc/sysconfig/network> sudo cat ifcfg-wlan0
    dom's password:
    BOOTPROTO='dhcp'
    BROADCAST=''
    ETHTOOL_OPTIONS=''
    IFPLUGD_PRIORITY='10'
    IPADDR=''
    MTU=''
    NAME='Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection'
    NETMASK=''
    NETWORK=''
    REMOTE_IPADDR=''
    STARTMODE='manual'
    USERCONTROL='yes'
    WIRELESS_AP=''
    WIRELESS_AUTH_MODE='open'
    WIRELESS_BITRATE='auto'
    WIRELESS_CA_CERT=''
    WIRELESS_CHANNEL=''
    WIRELESS_CLIENT_CERT=''
    WIRELESS_CLIENT_KEY=''
    WIRELESS_CLIENT_KEY_PASSWORD=''
    WIRELESS_DEFAULT_KEY='1'
    WIRELESS_EAP_AUTH=''
    WIRELESS_EAP_MODE=''
    WIRELESS_ESSID=''
    WIRELESS_FREQUENCY=''
    WIRELESS_KEY=''
    WIRELESS_KEY_0=''
    WIRELESS_KEY_1=''
    WIRELESS_KEY_2=''
    WIRELESS_KEY_3=''
    WIRELESS_KEY_LENGTH='128'
    WIRELESS_MODE='Managed'
    WIRELESS_NICK=''
    WIRELESS_NWID=''
    WIRELESS_PEAP_VERSION=''
    WIRELESS_POWER='yes'
    WIRELESS_WPA_ANONID=''
    WIRELESS_WPA_IDENTITY=''
    WIRELESS_WPA_PASSWORD=''
    WIRELESS_WPA_PSK=''

    ===

    lspci -v

    0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network
    Connection (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1020
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 219
    Memory at ecfff000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 2
    Capabilities: [d0] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+
    Queue=0/0 Enable+
    Capabilities: [e0] Express Legacy Endpoint IRQ 0
    Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
    Capabilities: [140] Device Serial Number 24-11-b8-ff-ff-02-13-00
    ===

    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"inferno-backup"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: 00:09:5BC:FA:AA
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2346 B
    Encryption keyff
    Link Quality=73/100 Signal level=-57 dBm Noise level=-80 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.

    ---
    dom

  2. Re: problematic wifi on opensuse 10.3 with dell m1210 laptop

    Dominik L. Borkowski wrote:

    >
    >
    > ===
    >
    > lspci -v
    >
    > 0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network
    > Connection (rev 02)
    > Subsystem: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1020
    > Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 219
    > Memory at ecfff000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    > Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 2
    > Capabilities: [d0] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+
    > Queue=0/0 Enable+
    > Capabilities: [e0] Express Legacy Endpoint IRQ 0
    > Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
    > Capabilities: [140] Device Serial Number 24-11-b8-ff-ff-02-13-00
    > ===
    >


    >
    > ---
    > dom


    I have Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop with the same network card:

    0b:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    Network Connection (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1020
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 169
    Memory at efcff000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 2
    Capabilities: [d0] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+
    Queue=0/0 Enable-
    Capabilities: [e0] Express Legacy Endpoint IRQ 0
    Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
    Capabilities: [140] Device Serial Number 1a-1a-a7-ff-ff-02-13-00

    On installation of SuSE 10.1 when the laptop was new, SuSE detected the
    card and did the basic setup (I had to configure the card in
    Yast-Network Devices - Network card).

    One on-line update that included a new kernel lost something and the
    card wouldn't work.

    I installed SuSE 10.2 to update from 10.1 and the card works again.

    I suspect you should try again using ipw3945 not ilwwifi. In Yast
    software install search for packages with ipw in the name, wlan,
    iee80211, and microcode, and make sure they are installed. (There may
    be others - I haven't tracked down the complete setup yet, but mine is
    working).

    The files I do know about are:

    microcode_ctl-1.15-8
    wlan-kmp-default-1_[kernel version]
    ipw-firmware-7-31
    ipw3945d-1.7.18-29


    lsmod reports these modules loaded (among others):

    ipw3945 191520 1
    ieee80211 34632 1 ipw3945
    firmware_class 14080 1 ipw3945

    ieee80211_crypt_wep 9344 1
    ieee80211 34632 1 ipw3945
    ieee80211_crypt 10112 2 ieee80211_crypt_wep,ieee80211


    In var/log/messages I can find these lines:

    Oct 23 23:32:45 linux-dell kernel: ipw3945: Detected geography ABG (11
    802.11bg channels, 13 802.11a
    channels)
    Oct 23 23:32:45 linux-dell ifup: eth1 device: Intel Corporation
    PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network
    Connection (rev 02)
    Oct 23 23:32:45 linux-dell ifup: eth1 configuration:
    wlan-bus-pci-0000:0b:00.0
    Oct 23 23:32:45 linux-dell kernel: ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm
    'WEP'



    I hope this helps.


    John Sandell

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