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    wifi problems hp compaq nx6110


    I installed Mint Maya today and my wireless is failing to connect. When the wifi button is pushed it just flashes on and off repeatedly. Here is what I believe to be the information you need. Let me know if there is more.
    Code:
    lspci -knn 
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller [8086:2590] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller [8086:2592] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: i915
    	Kernel modules: intelfb, i915
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller [8086:2792] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 [8086:2658] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.1 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 [8086:2659] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.2 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 [8086:265a] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.3 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 [8086:265b] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.7 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:265c] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev d3)
    00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:266e] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: snd_intel8x0
    	Kernel modules: snd-intel8x0
    00:1e.3 Modem [0703]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Modem Controller [8086:266d] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel modules: snd-intel8x0m
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:2641] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt, intel-rng
    00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller [8086:266f] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
    02:04.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4223] (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:1351]
    	Kernel driver in use: ipw2200
    	Kernel modules: ipw2200
    02:06.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller [104c:8031]
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
    	Kernel modules: yenta_socket
    02:06.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller [104c:8032]
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: firewire_ohci
    	Kernel modules: firewire-ohci
    02:0e.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company NX6110/NC6120 [103c:099c]
    	Kernel driver in use: b44
    	Kernel modules: b44
    Code:
    uname -r
    3.2.0-23-generic
    Code:
    lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    joydev                 17393  0 
    snd_intel8x0           33455  2 
    snd_ac97_codec        106082  1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus               12642  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm                80845  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
    hp_wmi                 13652  0 
    snd_seq_midi           13132  0 
    sparse_keymap          13658  1 hp_wmi
    snd_rawmidi            25424  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event     14475  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                51567  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              28931  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14172  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    pcmcia                 39791  0 
    i915                  414568  2 
    snd                    62064  11 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    ipw2200               146176  0 
    psmouse                87140  0 
    soundcore              14635  1 snd
    rfcomm                 38139  0 
    libipw                 46701  1 ipw2200
    snd_page_alloc         14115  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    serio_raw              13027  0 
    cfg80211              178679  2 ipw2200,libipw
    yenta_socket           27428  0 
    pcmcia_rsrc            18367  1 yenta_socket
    bnep                   17830  2 
    lib80211               14040  2 ipw2200,libipw
    pcmcia_core            21511  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
    bluetooth             158438  10 rfcomm,bnep
    parport_pc             32114  0 
    ppdev                  12849  0 
    binfmt_misc            17292  1 
    drm_kms_helper         45466  1 i915
    drm                   197692  3 i915,drm_kms_helper
    mac_hid                13077  0 
    wmi                    18744  1 hp_wmi
    i2c_algo_bit           13199  1 i915
    video                  19068  1 i915
    lp                     17455  0 
    parport                40930  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    firewire_ohci          40180  0 
    firewire_core          56906  1 firewire_ohci
    crc_itu_t              12627  1 firewire_core
    b44                    31412  0 
    ssb                    50691  1 b44
    Code:
    ifconfig -a
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:14:38:0c:56:ae  
              inet addr:192.168.1.110  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::214:38ff:fe0c:56ae/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:9363 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:8574 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:8910692 (8.9 MB)  TX bytes:1740772 (1.7 MB)
              Interrupt:16 
    
    eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:12:f0:92:20:60  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  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:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
              Interrupt:21 Base address:0x4000 Memory:d0000000-d0000fff 
    
    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:905 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:905 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:140076 (140.0 KB)  TX bytes:140076 (140.0 KB)

    When I tried to pull the the dmesg information I got what seemed excessive and possibly repeating information. I could not access all the messages that was spawned. I can post the information I was able to access if you need it. Where do I go from here? Thanks so much!

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    Howdy and Welcome. Everything looks cool to me though I dont run Mint Maya so I am not familiar with it's network manager tool.

    Code:
    02:04.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4223] (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:1351Kernel driver in use: ipw2200
    	Kernel modules: ipw2200
    That is your wireless card and chip which is intel based and the driver is loaded so the card is working. This Intel Chip has been supported for quite some time in the Linux kernel so that looks OK.

    Code:
    eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:12:f0:92:20:60  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  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:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
              Interrupt:21 Base address:0x4000 Memory:d0000000-d0000fff

    That is your wireless interface (eth1). That shows the driver is working and bringing up a wireless access point (eth1)

    Kind of concerned about this statement

    When the wifi button is pushed it just flashes on and off repeatedly
    so, what does the command

    Code:
    rfkill list
    Show? Also post the output of

    Code:
    sudo iwlist eth1 scanning
    in next post. I am hoping a Mint user will also chime into this thread also. I am thinking the wireless keyboard key is the crux of the problem here though.
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    Here is the output for
    Code:
    rfkill list 
    0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    1: phy0: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    and here is the output
    Code:
    sudo iwlist eth1 scanning
    eth1      Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:25:9C:C1:8D:B0
                        ESSID:"schumania"
                        Protocol:IEEE 802.11bg
                        Mode:Master
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Encryption key:on
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                                  9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
                                  48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Quality=96/100  Signal level=-30 dBm  
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        Extra: Last beacon: 640ms ago
              Cell 02 - Address: 00:12:0E:8B:27:B7
                        ESSID:"07FX11031891"
                        Protocol:IEEE 802.11bg
                        Mode:Master
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Encryption key:on
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                                  11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
                                  48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Quality=56/100  Signal level=-67 dBm  
                        Extra: Last beacon: 708ms ago
    Thanks so much!

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    Well, rfkill looks ok so your wireless key board key is not blocking connection. Everything shows no so the wireless key is not blocking your connection.

    Your iwlist readout shows 2 access points. One is wpa "schumania" which I am guessing is your router since that is your user name here. What problem are you having connecting with in Mint. Have you entered your wpa passkey when trying to connect in Mints Network Manager,
    since everything looks OK from my end here I'm am kinda at a loss here on why you can't connect. Just for more info just in case it is needed.

    what does

    Code:
     sudo iwlist eth1 auth
    show?

    I am in

    Code:
    System:    Host: Mariner Kernel: 2.6.33.2 i686 (32 bit) Desktop: JWM sn-498 Distro: Slackware 13.1.0
    Machine:   System: IBM (portable) product: 2628ESU
               Mobo: IBM model: 2628ESU Bios: IBM version: KXET36WW (1.09 ) date: 05/08/2003
    CPU:       Single core Pentium III (Coppermine) (-UP-) cache: 256 KB flags: (sse) clocked at 697.536 MHz 
    Graphics:  Card: Failed to Detect Video Card! X-Vendor: N/A driver: tty size: 80x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root 
    Audio:     Card-1: Sound Fusion CS46xx driver: CS46xx Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.21
               Card-2: ThinkPad Console Audio Control driver: ThinkPad EC
    Drives:    HDD Total Size: 3.3GB (72.8% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: IBM size: 3.3GB 
    Partition: ID: swap-1 size: 0.75GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
    RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
    Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 66.0C mobo: 48.0C 
               Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0 
    Info:      Processes: 119 Uptime: 31 min Memory: 185.1/376.0MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.5
    which translates as a ancient IBM A22m Laptop running a ancient Netgear MA 521 wireless B pcmcia card

    Code:
    DESCRIPTION: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8180L 802.11b MAC
    VENDOR: 10ec  DEVICE: 8180  KERNEL MODULE: rtl8180
    connecting to my wpa-psk encrypted router. Which is running a distro that is a lot harder to connect with wirelessly than Mint. Firefox 12 (which is busy updating to Firefox 13 as I am typing this) runs real slow on this P3 laptop with 376MB of ram but I run OK on this old Laptop. So after looking at all your readouts in your postings. You should be able to connect real easy out of the box in Mint Linux. Maybe a Linux Mint user can chime in here that is using whichever desktop (Mate or Cinnimon) because you have not mentioned yet what desktop you are using and why network manager won't connect.
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    Everything looks OK to me so you should be able to connect to your wpa
    ESSID:"schumania"
    ok using the Network Manager used in Mint Maya which I am not familiar with. Maybe a Mint user can coach you on how that is done.

    OOps, this laptop is so slow I did not see my other post take so I double posted by accident.
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    I'm using mate. Sorry, I should have mentioned that earlier. the output you mentioned is
    Code:
    sudo iwlist eth1 auth
    eth1      Authentication capabilities :
    		WPA
    		WPA2
    		CIPHER-TKIP
    		CIPHER-CCMP
              Current WPA version :
    		Unknown
              Current Key management :
    		Unknown
              Current Pairwise cipher :
    		WEP-104
    		Unknown
              Current Pairwise cipher :
    		WEP-104
    		Unknown
              Current TKIP countermeasures : yes
              Current Drop unencrypted : no
              Current Authentication algorithm :
              Current Receive unencrypted EAPOL : yes
              Current Roaming control : no
              Current Privacy invoked : no
    When I go into network settings, then wireless connection the box is checked for roaming mode enabled. If I uncheck the box I can then manually enter the ESSID, the wpa password and the router information. Should I go ahead and do that? It seems like that won't matter since when the wireless button is pushed it constantly flashes on and off. Thanks again!

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    This may be relevant: when I click on windows wireless drivers there are none.

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    This may be relevant: when I click on windows wireless drivers there are none.
    It is not relevant. Driver is loaded in the Linux kernel like we established. No Windows driver is needed.

    When I go into network settings, then wireless connection the box is checked for roaming mode enabled. If I uncheck the box I can then manually enter the ESSID, the wpa password and the router information. Should I go ahead and do that?
    If you want to. I connect fine just using Auto on wpa2-psk wireless usb in my IBM Motorcycle Shop Desktop in Gnome on Ubuntu. Maybe a picture may worth worth a thousand words here.

    http://i45.tinypic.com/dbqzbt.jpg

    You should not have to untick anything (like roaming) or worry about flashing lights. Just connect. I think you are making this harder on your self than need be.
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    Just as a heads up the bold text are sites I referenced, but I'm not allowed to post links yet do to my upstart status, so please copy and paste those into your browser.
    I've been doing more research on my problem and I have found in other forms people having the same problem. I've seen this discussion referenced several time ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=740632 as a solution, but I'm not really following what was done to fix his problem. Also, it seems that the crux of this problem is if b44 is loaded before the ndiswrapper the wireless network will not work. I think this is relevant: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/214917 I'm not opposed to switching distros, but it seems like this problem will occure regardless. If I switch to Ubuntu though it seems like these links will give a clear guide on how to fix the problem. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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    I've been doing more research on my problem and I have found in other forms people having the same problem. I've seen this discussion referenced several time ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=740632
    If referring to Ubuntu Forums . Errr, that is a broadcom thread and I don't see the relevance to your intel wireless chip.

    Also, it seems that the crux of this problem is if b44 is loaded before the ndiswrapper the wireless network will not work.


    If refering to bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/214917

    I am still

    Any thoughts?
    Nope? Boradcom/Broadcom which back in 2008 was a ***** to get working in linux, ndiswrapper has nothing to do with this thread or your intel wireless chip (which I have also on a panasonic cf-48 toughbook).
    You totally lost me there.
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