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Re: Weird iwl3945 wireless problem

Matthew Saltzman wrote:
On Mon, 2008-06-23 at 17:31 +0100, Timothy Murphy wrote:
With me, NM occasionally gets into a loop where it keeps asking me
for my encryption key.
I feel like screaming at it, "I've already told you 5 times
what the f-ing key is".
The only solution to this I have found is to re-boot.
(Even ctrl-alt-backspace, forcing a new login, does not work.)

When this happens (haven't seen it recently in F8 fully up2date), I
begin by restarting the NetworkManager service.  That's almost always
enough, but if not, I stop the service, rmmod the wireless driver,
modprobe the driver, then restart the service.  I've not had to resort
to rebooting in quite a while.

I too have seen this "feature" in action. Nothing seems to fix it for me. I've tried rebooting, I've tried powering down and back up again too, and no difference. If NM doesn't want to connect, it won't connect.

(Note that NM is a system service that runs at boot.  The applet runs at
login, but connects with the system service.  Logging out has no effect
on the service.)

Yes, I understand this. Neither should restarting X have any effect (for the same reasons).

Admittedly this only happens about 1 time in 10.

When I see it, NM and the "iwlist scan" command tend to agree with what they "see" as far as available networks, so I suspect that the problem here is really in the underlying driver software, and not NM.

As far as I can see, NM is completely devoid of any documentation
that could conceivably help if it does not work.
The NM developers suffer from the delusion that their toy is infallible.

That's way more plausible than the theory that they are spending their
time coding rather than documenting.  The latter just never happens with
open-source projects...


Kevin J. Cummings
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