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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:31 am    Post subject: Looking for wireless recipe Reply with quote

Hi all. I run gentoo on a tibook. Recently made the mistake of emerging something (not sure what) which caused masses of stuff to get compiled, the net result of which is that my wireless broke. Tried several things, no avail. Does anybody out there have a recipe for wireless on an old powerbook? Should I just scrap gentoo and get kubuntu 6?

Ti powerbook, 550mhz
gentoo pretty up to date
kde
knetworkmanager
airport (old style, orinoco card)

Thanx in advance...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm... did you emerge the new baselayout and openrc, by any chance?

http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/openrc-migration.xml

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

poly_poly-man wrote:
Hmm... did you emerge the new baselayout and openrc, by any chance?

http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/openrc-migration.xml

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Yes.

Initially tried running wihout baselayout 2, but that failed. Google suggested that maybe baselayout 2 was a path to success. but that turned out to be a tangled web of lies. Scared to try to emerge back to the old baselayout.

Do you have a recipe for making wireless work on my tibook?

TIA...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's probably as simple as either:

1. did you recently compile a new kernel? If so, rebuild your wireless drivers (if they aren't in-kernel) too.

2. Show us /etc/conf.d/net and /etc/conf.d/wireless

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

poly_poly-man wrote:
It's probably as simple as either:

1. did you recently compile a new kernel? If so, rebuild your wireless drivers (if they aren't in-kernel) too.

2. Show us /etc/conf.d/net and /etc/conf.d/wireless

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Ok, will do. It can't make it worse than it it is now.

For my ediification, why recompile kernel etc? Is there some unexpressed dependency which causes one to want to recompile kernels?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

therealjrd wrote:
poly_poly-man wrote:
It's probably as simple as either:

1. did you recently compile a new kernel? If so, rebuild your wireless drivers (if they aren't in-kernel) too.

2. Show us /etc/conf.d/net and /etc/conf.d/wireless

poly-p man


Ok, will do. It can't make it worse than it it is now.

For my ediification, why recompile kernel etc? Is there some unexpressed dependency which causes one to want to recompile kernels?


Not really...

I've recompiled twice this whole install... the last time was... march.

I have compiled new modules in, but if it doesn't need a reboot, it doesn't count :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, misread the previous. I thought you'd said I needed to recompile kernel, you were actually asking if I had recompiled kernel, and needed to recompile modules

I did get a new kernel, but saved all the old ones. Have tried numerous boots of old ones, with old modules, including orinoco drivers, but no joy. My intuition is that something in networkmanager/knetworkmanager/kde has changed, but not really sure.

Here is /etc/conf.d/net
Code:

# -*- mode: sh -*-
# This blank configuration will automatically use DHCP for any net.*
# scripts in /etc/init.d.  To create a more complete configuration,
# please review /etc/conf.d/net.example and save your configuration
# in /etc/conf.d/net (this file :]!).

# [later] Since nobody's willing to document how the pieces fit
# together, it's a little hard to tell, but I think the right thing is
# to leave this file pretty much blank, and let networkmanager be in
# control of everything.  My reasoning is that networkmanager seems to
# try to bring up all kinds of interfaces when it starts, regardless
# of whether the usual gentoo stuff has already run.  We'll try it
# this way and see if that works out.  NB if this fails in a wired
# configuration, I'll need to either work out how to get nm to start
# things correctly, or put this stuff back, and let them smash each
# other when wireless goes up and down.
# #####

# jrd
dns_domain_lo="jrd.org"
dns_domain="jrd.org"
##### dns_domain_eth0="jrd.org"
##### config_eth0=( "dhcp" )
##### dhcp_eth0="release nonis nontp"

# jrd again.  wireless?  the interface seems to show up as eth2.
##### leaving this wpa stuff alone, as it doesn't seem to be working,
# but also doesn't seem to be hurting anything.

modules=( "wpa_supplicant" )
# Users of madwifi add this:
# wpa_supplicant_ath0="-Dmadwifi"
# Users of Intel ipw2100/2200 (Centrino) chips with older kernels add this:
# wpa_supplicant_ath0="-Dipw"
# wpa_timeout_ath0=60

# I think this is right for the airport.
wpa_supplicant_eth2="-Dndiswrapper"

# As of kernel 2.6.15 (and probably earlier), centrino users have to use
# wpa_supplicant_ath0="-Dwext -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf"
# wpa_supplicant.conf by default now is located in /etc/wpa_supplicant
# but yours could be in /etc.
#wpa_timeout_ath0=60
wpa_timeout_eth2=60



/etc/conf.d/wireless is missing

This setup all worked before updating to new kde/networkmanager etc.

Does anybody out there in gentoo land have a *working* wireless setup on a tibook that I could compare to?

TIA...
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