[driverloader] Driverloader and wpa problem

Linuxant support (Jonathan) support at linuxant.com
Fri Jan 21 10:10:18 EST 2005


can you send logs at support at linuxant.com generated by the 
'wpa_supplicant' daemon? You can start the daemon with the '-dd' option 
and it will generate on the console a log.

You should also try to update the firmware of the access point to see if 
there is a difference. You could also try to upgrade the Windows XP 
driver used, it is possible that there is an updated Windows XP driver 
available on the Dell web site.


Technical specialist / Linuxant
support at linuxant.com

Nick Raponi wrote:
> Hi
> Last night I downloaded driverloader, wpa_supplicant and the Dell drivers (the 
> versions on the linuxant website) for use on my Mandrake 10.1 install running on 
> a Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop (Dells truemobile 1300) chipset and to be used 
> connecting to a USR018054 wireless router. Both driverloader and wpa_supplicant 
> were compiled from source as although the base version of kernel I'm using is 
> supported by the RPM the fact that mines an SMP version was not and so the RPM 
> refused to install.
> If I disable WPA then the machine connects to the router and succesfully gains 
> an IP address - the base installation would seem to working correctly. However 
> when I re-enable WPA it all starts to fall apart.
> The routers logs shows the PC succesfully authenticating to the router every 5 
> seconds continuously until I take the interface down. Any network access 
> attempts report destination unreachable.
> In the dmesg section of dldrconfig debug output there are a number repititions 
> of lines saying:
> eth2: New link status: Connected (0001)
> eth2: New link status: Disconnected (0002)
> eth2 is the wireless network.
> I have done the following as described in other posts on this list so far:
> 1) Install wpa_supplicant in /usr/bin as dldr_wpa_supplicant so that it is 
> automatically started when the interface is brought up
> 2) Do a sample startup with security (and dldr_wpa_supplicant) disabled - this 
> works fine an IP is granted
> 3) Ensured that SSID broadcast is enabled
> The debug file found the following being used:
> o bcm43xxa.inf (interestingly inside this it says bcmwl5.inf also noted the 
> section entry "[version]Signature=Windows 95", don't know if this is a problem 
> but they are the Dell download from the linuxant site)
> o bcmwl5.sys
> My config file contains:
> network={
>     ssid="<correct ssid>"
>     proto=WPA
>     key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
>     pairwise=TKIP
>     group=TKIP
>     psk=<correct psk>
> }
> I have tried both the unecrypted (text) psk value and the generated hex one  - 
> no difference to outcome
> Not sure what else you might need. I can try to get the full diag file off the 
> machine if it will help, its just a bit difficult when the network doesn't work !
> Thanks for any suggestions
> Nick
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