I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10 on my DELL Vostro 1500. I found out I need to have the hardware wireless switch off in order to boot, otherwise it will hang midway during the booting process. Once logged in, if I turn the hardware switch on, network-manager will change to "device is not ready" (in the wireless section), and Ubuntu will freeze after I press a few keys on my keyboard.
As you can see, I have 2 network cards. The BCM4401-B0 (wired) works, but the Intel Wireless 3945 ABG is giving me a hard time.
$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net 03:00.0 Ethernet controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02) Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0228] Kernel driver in use: b44 -- 0c:00.0 Network controller : Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection [8086:4222] (rev 02) Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:1020] Kernel driver in use: iwl3945
Here is some hardware info (before switching the hardware switch on):
$ sudo lshw -C network *-network DISABLED description: Wireless interface product: PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:0c:00.0 logical name: wlan0 version: 02 serial: 00:1c:bf:8b:55:a5 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwl3945 driverversion=3.0.0-15-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abg resources: irq:44 memory:f9fff000-f9ffffff *-network description: Ethernet interface product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX vendor: Broadcom Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0 logical name: eth0 version: 02 serial: 00:1d:09:b6:1a:de size: 100Mbit/s capacity: 100Mbit/s width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 duplex=full ip=192.168.0.106 latency=64 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s resources: irq:17 memory:f9bfe000-f9bfffff
And here are the modules loaded:
$ lsmod | grep -i iwl iwl3945 83430 0 iwl_legacy 83487 1 iwl3945 mac80211 462092 2 iwl3945,iwl_legacy cfg80211 199630 3 iwl3945,iwl_legacy,mac80211 $ lsmod | grep -i b4 b44 36315 0 ssb 52752 1 b44
In order to diagnose, I did a
less /var/log/syslog and hit SHIFT-F to see the stuff coming in in real time. Here is what I see right after switching the hardware switch on (I tried it a couple of times, so I am sure all this is triggered by me switching the hardware wireless switch on):
[kernel] kbd_keycode: 30 callbacks suppressed [kernel] keyboard: can't emulate rawmode for keycode 240 [kernel] keyboard: can't emulate rawmode for keycode 240 [NetworkManager]: <info> WiFi now enabled by radio killswitch [NetworkManager]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device [kernel] iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: loaded firmware version 184.108.40.206 [kernel] iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: wait for START_ALIVE timeout after 2000ms
Any help will be appreciated.