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Problem with Intel Wireless (iwl4965) on HP 8510w laptop



Let me start off by saying, it doesn't appear that the problem is with the wireless directly, but rather the negotiation when trying to connect. Once I get connected everything works fine. I seemed to have the best success with the kernel that shipped with F9, however, it wasn't even 100%, but more than 3 kernel updates later, things have only gotten worse. It usually take 6-14 tries to get a successful connection.

Some background info:

HP 8510w laptop with Intel 4965 wireless
D-link wireless G router
WPA2 security/passphrase

I would suspect the wireless router except it works fine with this laptop in XP and my wife's laptop (broadcom w/ native driver+firmware) in both XP and F9 every time. I've watched /var/log/messages during the attempts but I don't know what all it is telling me, if anything useful.

Below are two excerpts one unsuccessful and the other successful:
Unsuccessful:
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Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) scheduled...
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) started...
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): device state change: 6 -> 4
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) scheduled...
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) complete.
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) starting...
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): device state change: 4 -> 5
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0/wireless): connection 'Auto Home' has security, and secrets exist.  No new secrets needed.
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'ssid' value 'Home'
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'scan_ssid' value '1'
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'key_mgmt' value 'WPA-PSK'
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'psk' value '<omitted>'
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'proto' value 'WPA RSN'
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'pairwise' value 'TKIP CCMP'
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'group' value 'WEP40 WEP104 TKIP CCMP'
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) complete.
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: set interface ap_scan to 1
Nov 10 20:31:22 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 0 -> 2
Nov 10 20:31:28 laptop kernel: Machine check events logged
Nov 10 20:31:29 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 2 -> 3
Nov 10 20:31:29 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 3 -> 4
Nov 10 20:31:30 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 4 -> 5
Nov 10 20:31:38 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 5 -> 0
Nov 10 20:31:38 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 0 -> 2
Nov 10 20:31:40 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 2 -> 0
Nov 10 20:31:40 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 0 -> 2
Nov 10 20:31:47 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0/wireless): association took too long.
Nov 10 20:31:47 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): device state change: 5 -> 6
Nov 10 20:31:47 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0/wireless): asking for new secrets
Nov 10 20:31:47 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 2 -> 0
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Successful:
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Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) scheduled...
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) started...
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): device state change: 6 -> 4
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) scheduled...
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) complete.
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) starting...
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): device state change: 4 -> 5
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0/wireless): connection 'Auto Home' has security, and secrets exist.  No new secrets needed.
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'ssid' value 'Home'
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'scan_ssid' value '1'
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'key_mgmt' value 'WPA-PSK'
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'psk' value '<omitted>'
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'proto' value 'WPA RSN'
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'pairwise' value 'TKIP CCMP'
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: added 'group' value 'WEP40 WEP104 TKIP CCMP'
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) complete.
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Config: set interface ap_scan to 1
Nov 10 20:31:50 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 0 -> 2
Nov 10 20:31:54 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 2 -> 3
Nov 10 20:31:54 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 3 -> 4
Nov 10 20:31:55 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 4 -> 5
Nov 10 20:32:03 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 5 -> 0
Nov 10 20:32:03 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 0 -> 2
Nov 10 20:32:05 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 2 -> 0
Nov 10 20:32:05 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 0 -> 2
Nov 10 20:32:12 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 2 -> 3
Nov 10 20:32:12 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 3 -> 0
Nov 10 20:32:13 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 0 -> 4
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 4 -> 5
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 5 -> 6
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): supplicant connection state change: 6 -> 7
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0/wireless) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) successful.  Connected to wireless network 'Home'.
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) scheduled.
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) started...
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): device state change: 5 -> 7
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Beginning DHCP transaction.
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  dhclient started with pid 3673
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) complete.
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop dhclient: Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client 4.0.0
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop dhclient: Copyright 2004-2007 Internet Systems Consortium.
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop dhclient: All rights reserved.
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop dhclient: For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop dhclient:
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  DHCP: device wlan0 state changed (null) -> preinit
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop dhclient: Listening on LPF/wlan0/00:1f:3b:86:23:a7
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop dhclient: Sending on   LPF/wlan0/00:1f:3b:86:23:a7
Nov 10 20:32:14 laptop dhclient: Sending on   Socket/fallback
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop dhclient: DHCPOFFER from 192.168.0.1
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop dhclient: DHCPREQUEST on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop dhclient: DHCPACK from 192.168.0.1
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop dhclient: bound to 192.168.0.11 -- renewal in 107627 seconds.
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  DHCP: device wlan0 state changed preinit -> bound
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 4 of 5 (IP Configure Get) scheduled...
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 4 of 5 (IP Configure Get) started...
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>    address 192.168.0.11
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>    prefix 24 (255.255.255.0)
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>    gateway 192.168.0.1
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>    nameserver '205.152.37.23'
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>    nameserver '205.152.132.23'
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>    domain name 'launchmodem.com'
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 5 of 5 (IP Configure Commit) scheduled...
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 4 of 5 (IP Configure Get) complete.
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 5 of 5 (IP Configure Commit) started...
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop avahi-daemon[2727]: Joining mDNS multicast group on interface wlan0.IPv4 with address 192.168.0.11.
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop avahi-daemon[2727]: New relevant interface wlan0.IPv4 for mDNS.
Nov 10 20:32:16 laptop avahi-daemon[2727]: Registering new address record for 192.168.0.11 on wlan0.IPv4.
Nov 10 20:32:17 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  (wlan0): device state change: 7 -> 8
Nov 10 20:32:17 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Policy set (wlan0) as default device for routing and DNS.
Nov 10 20:32:17 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) successful, device activated.
Nov 10 20:32:17 laptop NetworkManager: <info>  Activation (wlan0) Stage 5 of 5 (IP Configure Commit) complete.
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This time it took about 8 tries... Anyone else have this problem or suggestions for a fix?

Thanks,
Richard


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