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Thread: Activate B43 WiFi on 6.4.3 BUG

  1. #1
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    Activate B43 WiFi on 6.4.3 BUG

    Reference:
    http://smtp.knoppix.net/wiki/Network...ppix_5.3.1_FAQ

    I. Native way:
    a)
    Code:
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$
    b) Need to put back b43 and ssb:
    Code:
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ sudo modprobe -a ssb
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ sudo modprobe -a b43
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=off   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$
    c)
    Code:
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ ifconfig
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0f:b0:fa:e5:31  
              inet addr:192.168.0.71  Bcast:192.168.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::20f:b0ff:fefa:e531/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:3667 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:2071 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:2442530 (2.3 MiB)  TX bytes:293863 (286.9 KiB)
              Interrupt:22 Base address:0xa000 
    
    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:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$
    * Only the "lo" entry there

    d) Become the super user

    Code:
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ su
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix#
    e) Setup the ESSID and the channel
    Code:
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# iwconfig wlan0 essid "my_network" channel "6"
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix#
    f) Check the result
    Code:
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"my_network"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Tx-Power=off   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix#
    g) Activate the wlan0
    Code:
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# ifconfig wlan0 up
    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix#
    * Error message returns

    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132
    ** Native way has BUG?

    Suspect Knoppix 5.3.1 DOCS are outdated.

    Reply requested, please . . .

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    6.7.1 Error Message

    Quote Originally Posted by luther View Post
    g) Activate the wlan0
    Code:
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# ifconfig wlan0 up
    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix#
    * Error message returns

    ** Native way has BUG?

    Suspect Knoppix 5.3.1 DOCS are outdated.

    Reply requested, please . . .
    Hi,
    Using a borrowed external WiFi W/6.7.1, trapped this error:

    Code:
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# ifconfig wlan0 up
    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Operation not possible due to RF-kill
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix#
    Error message returned from 6.7.1
    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Operation not possible due to RF-kill
    Does this provide any clues to the bug[s] where-abouts?

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    Thumbs up External WiFi w/6.4.3

    Hi,
    This configuration appears to function OK:

    Code:
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=off   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ ifconfig
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0f:b0:fa:e5:31  
              inet addr:192.168.0.71  Bcast:192.168.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::20f:b0ff:fefa:e531/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:252 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:15120 (14.7 KiB)  TX bytes:1086 (1.0 KiB)
              Interrupt:22 Base address:0xa000 
    
    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:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ su
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# iwconfig wlan0 essid "my_network" channel "6"
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:"my_network"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Tx-Power=off   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# iwconfig wlan0 power on
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# iwconfig wlan0 txpower 20
    Error for wireless request "Set Tx Power" (8B26) :
        SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# iwconfig wlan0 txpower "20"
    Error for wireless request "Set Tx Power" (8B26) :
        SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# ifconfig wlan0 up
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# iwlist wlan0 scan
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 58:6D:8F:62:71:BB
                        Channel:1
                        Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                        Quality=25/70  Signal level=-85 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"BronzePanda"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=0000013ba4d3f22b
                        Extra: Last beacon: 1153ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 000B42726F6E7A6550616E6461
                        IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
                        IE: Unknown: 030101
                        IE: Unknown: 050400010100
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0106
                        IE: Unknown: 2F0106
                        IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
                        IE: Unknown: 2D1AFC181BFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: 3D1601001B00000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: 4A0E14000A002C01C800140005001900
                        IE: Unknown: 7F0101
                        IE: Unknown: DD270050F204104A00011010440001021047001061871BB7F550F4576F1F931F67E49FC9103C000103
                        IE: Unknown: DD090010180204F0040000
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F00
              Cell 02 - Address: 00:21:1E:57:DC:60
                        Channel:4
                        Frequency:2.427 GHz (Channel 4)
                        Quality=70/70  Signal level=-15 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"my_network"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 22 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s
                                  36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=00000000343a5d7d
                        Extra: Last beacon: 956ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 0009717765737435323936
                        IE: Unknown: 010582848B962C
                        IE: Unknown: 030104
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0104
                        IE: Unknown: 32080C1218243048606C
    root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix#
    **Added some tweaks to code

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    @ luther

    I haven't been following this thread.
    I don't know what your question is, and
    I'm really lost on context.

    For example, how close to an UNMODIFIED configuration are we dealing with,
    and are you using wicd or network manager?

    I think we've got the driver problem sorted out, but it's not clear you
    have gotten on-line with wifi in 6.4.3. If you're using wicd, I expect that'd work
    but I don't use it, so don't know its peculiarities. For me, complicated as it is,
    network manager 'just works' for me and I don't know its peculiarities either.

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    Thumbs up Solved

    Summary:

    Needed external WiFi, suggested by utu.


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