Some wireless problems

Some people testing 4.00 beta1 and beta2 have reported that their wireless does not work, when it did work in 3.01.

4.00beta1/2 has the same kernel, modules and firmware, even the same wpa_supplicant package, as 3.01. Which does seem to point the finger at the Network Wizard ...perhaps.

If you are in this situation, could you please try the Wizard out of 3.01, as explained here:

It would probably be good if we got feedback of wireless success stories too with 4.00beta2, so that we have a clearer picture of the overall situation.

Posted on 21 Apr 2008, 8:37


Posted on 21 Apr 2008, 9:19 by Lobster
Wifi 4 Eeepc
this is the thread on the non standard Atheros wifi driver

Posted on 21 Apr 2008, 11:08 by Greg
Barry: Been waiting to add to comments about wireless... just ran 399 Beta 2, 301 and good old standby 2.17

I say old standby because 2.17 almost always hooks up...from 301 on intermittent if at all.

IN 399 Beta 2, Xdialog using eth1 gives successful message.. but will not go to Google or any url.. if you subsequently run Gthdialog, and get a valid address to the wireless hub it will work fine.

I tried rutit in 301 just now it did not help at all. Something very different between 2.17 and now in most of the 300 series.

Thank you

Posted on 22 Apr 2008, 5:46 by MBE
No Wireless beta 1 & 2
3.01 works fine for me using Ndiswrapper and the Windows driver for an SNN6500 (Atheros chipset). However the interface does not appear in 4 betas even if I run ndiswrapper and then modprobe manually. The observable difference is that at the ndiswrapper -i CPWU6D.inf stage the message box normally includes "hardware present" but not in the 3.98/3.99. Tried copying all files from 3.01 as requested and even the lib firmware directory from 3.01 all without success. May be this is a compliation change ?

Posted on 22 Apr 2008, 13:58 by Prit1
My wireless started working fine in 3.98. Connects everytime. It uses rt2500 module. But in 3.99, it does not work at all. I tried the 3.01 wizard as you suggested, it worked once and then it would not. I tried many times. No idea what is happening. I remember that 3.97 worked well on my wireless too.

Posted on 22 Apr 2008, 19:14 by BarryK
Testing ndiswrapper
I have just started looking into this. I did a quick test of ndiswapper. I have a Netgear wg311 card. I did this:

# ndiswrapper -i wg311.inf
# ndiswrapper -l
# modprobe ndiswrapper
# iwconfig

...yep, iwconfig shows wlan0 running.

However, I did have to remvoe the 'acx' driver first, as it is the native driver for my card, but it doesn't work (rmmod acx).