[sclug] sclug Digest, Vol 55, Issue 18

Neil Haughton haughtonomous at googlemail.com
Sun May 4 18:41:44 UTC 2008

Well I've now abandoned 8.04 and reverted to a clean install of 7.10 -
and oilla! my wireless works out of the box. All I had to do extra was
install the ndiswrapper bits, use that to install the XP driver, go
through the straight forward configuration to tell it where to find my
router and it all fell into place. Confirms my opinion that 8.04 is
broken as far as wireless is concerned. Oddly there is no mention of
this in the Ubuntu forums...


n.a.haughton at bigfoot.com wrote:
> Thanks for all the replies.
> Wireless:
> I'm using WPA on both router and PC. I've checked. I was using WPA2
> (when it worked) but I notice that the Network-manager tool in Ubuntu
> now insists on reverting to WPA, so to be on the safe side I rolled
> back to that on the router. Didn't make any difference though. I'm
> going to try to use the commandline tools to remove security
> altogether (the GUI tool won't allow it), to see if that at least gets
> it going, but I'm not hopeful. I read somewhere that the 8.04 kernel
> has broken wireless for some chipsets, but I'll give it another go
> before rolling back to 7.10. Sorting the wireless side is becoming a
> priority - my wife is back tonight, so I'll soon be getting stick over
> the 'ugly cable' running from PC upstairs to router downstairs.
> Personally I think it's a thing of beauty, but hey.... :-)
> File systems:
> Everything is now working. I take the point over ReiserFS (although
> I'm not sure why relations between Herr Reiser, his Frau and the State
> Penal System should affect the code he wrote. But anyway, I'll have a
> look at ext3 or maybe jfs.) Why did I pick ReiserFS? A little bit of
> me of just has to be different, probably the same bit that caused me
> to choose Linux in the first place :-)  I should add that ReiserFS has
> worked reliably for me since way back, but if the consensus now is
> that it has flaws I'll migrate. Losing data is not something I want to
> entertain.
> Thanks for the advice to use mkfs instead of the partitioner to change
> filesystem. It hadn't occurred to me to do the obvious.More fool me.
> I think I'll probably leave my fstab as it is. Thanks for those who
> suggested various ways to assign one to my data partition - one day if
> all the other niggles have been resolved I may return to this one.
> If there is anyone there with experience using wireless specifically
> with a WG311v3 adapter and Ubuntu 8.04, I'd welcome a conversation.
> Neil

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