Can't connect wirelessly

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Nu2Lin
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Can't connect wirelessly

Post#1 by Nu2Lin » 30 Jun 2016, 01:09

Hi, another n00b here. I can't get 3.1 to connect wirelessly, the scan shows no results. I'm able to make a wired connection, and IIRC Kiosk worked fine but wasn't what I needed. xpns-tool showed no networks, and when I tried pns-tool manually it hung at "wait for dhcpcd" and showed no debug info. I've spent a week learning and looking, and I think it might be a driver issue. I saw a post somewhere about blacklisting wl, but I don't have the file path it showed so I don't know where that file would go. It's not a hardware/software block. I've posted the bits it seemed from my searches can be used to figure this out, but let me know if there is other info needed. I appreciate any help I can get!

dmesg

[ 9.298342] ath: phy0: Disable PLL PowerSave
[ 9.322985] ath: phy0: Enable LNA combining
[ 9.338224] ath: EEPROM regdomain: 0x60
[ 9.338228] ath: EEPROM indicates we should expect a direct regpair map
[ 9.338233] ath: Country alpha2 being used: 00
[ 9.338235] ath: Regpair used: 0x60
[ 9.412484] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel_ht'
[ 9.412804] ieee80211 phy0: Atheros AR9485 Rev:1 mem=0xffffc90005180000, irq=17
[ 9.979755] wl: module license 'unspecified' taints kernel.
[ 9.979759] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
[ 9.982625] fbcon: inteldrmfb (fb0) is primary device

lspci -knn

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0032] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Lite-On Communications Inc Device [11ad:6627]
Kernel driver in use: ath9k
Kernel modules: ath9k, wl

iwconfig

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=16 dBm
Retry short limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off

ifconfig

wlan0: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
ether MY MAC ADDRESS txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
RX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0

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Re: Can't connect wirelessly

Post#2 by donald » 30 Jun 2016, 03:23

Hello Nu2Lin

First thing i would do is to try porteus 3.2 rc3.(newer kernel/drivers)

If it works, check which kernel modules are loaded.
ath9k is Ok but i'm not sure what the wl module does.(bluetooth?)

A blacklist file would go into /etc/modprobe.d IIRC
before blacklisting wl i would unload the ath9k and wl module and
reload only the ath9k module to see if that makes any difference.

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Re: Can't connect wirelessly

Post#3 by Nu2Lin » 06 Jul 2016, 22:01

Well, rc3 connected wirelessly, but I've been unable to figure out what to do with this fact. It looks like ath9k is the root name of the driver, but there are all these entries with variations of the name. I've also been unable to figure out how to pull this part out of the rc3 and put it into the released version. Is it a module I'm trying to copy, or the kernel itself? In either case, I'm going to have to figure out how to do whatever it is I need to do.

rc3 wasn't showing me an "x" to close windows, I couldn't figure out how to switch from guest to root, or to shut it down without just holding down the power button, and basically just exposed my newbieness. Is there any other advice (or links) anyone can provide so I can get the release version working wirelessly? Thank you in advance!

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Re: Can't connect wirelessly

Post#4 by Jack » 06 Jul 2016, 22:36

I just like Slackware because I think it teach you about Linux to build packages where Ubuntu is like Windows you just install programs you want.

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