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SurferJoe46
04-04-2018, 05:47 AM
Running Linux Mint and my WSKY WiFi adapter, it takes me a few - several times, really - boot-ups to get it to finally run instead of flashing it's Morse Code blinks that tells me that it is in distress and won't work this time, try again. :waughh:

When I open the WiFi Manager, I get a report that tells my I used my WiFi 9, 13 and 21 days ago. That's a lie.

I can see a list of available WiFi routers around me - some are over a mile away, so there's something to be said about the short antenna on that little device - right?

OK - I ran a query to Linux asking for what it had as RF Kills (as follows)


joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ rfkill list all
0: hci0: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
1: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $


I attempt this and get no answer:

joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ lsmod | grep iwl
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $


I HEAR that using this Terminal command will work - but so far I have shied away from it :


sudo service network-manager restart

OK - while beating myself - a daily experience with this WSKY hang-up, I actually tried the above command and got a list of wireless networks that appear under the wireless icon, but even if it says I am connected to one of them I am unable to access internet at that moment.

I tried to ping 8.8.8.8 which shows a 100% packet loss when I cannot get on, otherwise it gets me this:


joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ ping 8.8.8.8
PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) 56(84) bytes of data.


... when I am on WiFy and it's running correctly.... like right this minute.




Oh yeah - you might have noticed that I added a Bluetooth stubby-mini USB adapter and I can report that is running just fine and dandy - it even installed everything it needed immediately when I plugged it it. That was a kick in the head! Love it.

Now on to the WiFi issue that really bugs me although with persistence and effort each morning - only takes a few more minutes to boot up multiple times to get things all up-n-running.

Should I try running a VPN?

Any thoughts?

SurferJoe46
04-04-2018, 05:58 AM
Addendum:

I asked another question here:


joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ/P/PL Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 01)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82573E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper) (rev 03)
0a:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CMI8738/CMI8768 PCI Audio (rev 10)
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $


That was mostly just for kicks 'n giggles, really. I don't think it is germane to my OP.

SurferJoe46
04-04-2018, 06:37 AM
Trying to anticipate any responses to my question, I ran an update and asked for the version of my Mint distro:


joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ sudo apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
linux-headers-3.13.0-141 linux-headers-3.13.0-141-generic
linux-headers-3.13.0-142 linux-headers-3.13.0-142-generic
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following packages will be upgraded:
base-files chromium-browser chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra dbus dbus-x11
firefox firefox-locale-en grub-common grub-pc grub-pc-bin grub2-common
icedtea-7-jre-jamvm libdbus-1-3 libdbus-1-3:i386 libgbm1 libicu52
libssl1.0.0 libssl1.0.0:i386 libtiff5 libtiff5:i386 openjdk-7-jre
openjdk-7-jre-headless openjdk-7-jre-lib openssl thunderbird
thunderbird-gnome-support thunderbird-locale-en thunderbird-locale-en-us
xserver-xorg-core-lts-vivid
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joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ cat /etc/*release
DISTRIB_ID=LinuxMint
DISTRIB_RELEASE=17.3
DISTRIB_CODENAME=rosa
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa"
NAME="Ubuntu"
VERSION="14.04.5 LTS, Trusty Tahr"
ID=ubuntu
ID_LIKE=debian
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS"
VERSION_ID="14.04"
HOME_URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/"
SUPPORT_URL="http://help.ubuntu.com/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="http://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/"
cat: /etc/upstream-release: Is a directory
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ uname -a
Linux SurfersMintu1 4.4.0-116-generic #140~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Feb 16 09:25:20 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ uname -i
x86_64
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ exit

KarameaDave
04-04-2018, 04:44 PM
1.If you are experiencing issues with a USB wifi adapter lspci won't tell you anything useful.
Try lsusb instead
2.In the past when having issues with network-manager I have used wicd instead, it is an alternative
to network-manager and is sometimes better at making and maintaining a connection
it is available in synaptic I think, not using Mint today so haven't checked that.
If you decide to try it you should disable network-manager, not remove it, instructions to do so are in the second post in this Mint forum thread
https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=250916
that way if wicd is no better you can re-enable network-manager, also removing n-m apparently breaks cinnamon

Kame
04-04-2018, 05:12 PM
Hey Joe,

None of that information gave us much.

When dealing with WiFi usb adapters, the most useful information for us is the chip they used in the device. This can then be checked whether it has built in support from the kernel or whether the manufacturer has released the drivers for it.

Another thing to understand is whether you run it directly off the computer and to know that it is getting enough power to run it.

So to figure out what chip is used, the easiest is to unplug the device, then plug it back in and do:

dmesg | tail

It should list specific information about that USB device, if you could post the output on that, it should help.

If nothing USB related showed, it may not be detected, possibly under powered too, try another port if possible and do the above command.

The output of lsusb may help too after the dmesg command.

SurferJoe46
04-04-2018, 07:52 PM
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ dmesg | tail
[50239.669564] RTL871X: set group key camid:5, addr:00:22:3f:9e:66:b8, kid:1, type:TKIP
[50839.450297] RTL871X: send eapol packet
[50839.461735] RTL871X: set group key camid:6, addr:00:22:3f:9e:66:b8, kid:2, type:TKIP
[51140.307670] systemd-hostnamed[32585]: Warning: nss-myhostname is not installed. Changing the local hostname might make it unresolveable. Please install nss-myhostname!
[51439.456516] RTL871X: send eapol packet
[51439.471937] RTL871X: set group key camid:5, addr:00:22:3f:9e:66:b8, kid:1, type:TKIP
[52039.384754] RTL871X: send eapol packet
[52039.397116] RTL871X: set group key camid:6, addr:00:22:3f:9e:66:b8, kid:2, type:TKIP
[52639.296164] RTL871X: send eapol packet
[52639.308289] RTL871X: set group key camid:5, addr:00:22:3f:9e:66:b8, kid:1, type:TKIP
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $



..... and .........


joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 0a5c:21e8 Broadcom Corp. BCM20702A0 Bluetooth 4.0
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 005: ID 046d:c51b Logitech, Inc. V220 Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks
Bus 004 Device 006: ID 04fc:0c25 Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd SATALink SPIF225A
Bus 004 Device 004: ID 0781:b6b7 SanDisk Corp.
Bus 004 Device 003: ID 0bda:a811 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0451:2046 Texas Instruments, Inc. TUSB2046 Hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~/Desktop $



Notice the powered USB HUB, in which the WSKY is installed.

Kame
05-04-2018, 12:46 AM
Ahh, I see in your update information that it wants to remove kernels not needed.

This would suggest you updated your kernel but your driver (which I assume you built) would need to be recreated again.

If you go to the location where you build the drivers, you should do:

make clean
make
make install

I'm not sure what the module is called that you just created but you will need to do:

sudo modprobe <drivers modules goes here>

That should hopefully fix the issue, normally will reoccur if you do another kernel update, so you may need to remember these steps each time it gets in distress.

SurferJoe46
06-04-2018, 12:31 PM
1.If you are experiencing issues with a USB wifi adapter lspci won't tell you anything useful.
Try lsusb instead
2.In the past when having issues with network-manager I have used wicd instead, it is an alternative
to network-manager and is sometimes better at making and maintaining a connection
it is available in synaptic I think, not using Mint today so haven't checked that.
If you decide to try it you should disable network-manager, not remove it, instructions to do so are in the second post in this Mint forum thread
https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=250916
that way if wicd is no better you can re-enable network-manager, also removing n-m apparently breaks cinnamon


Hey Joe,

None of that information gave us much.

When dealing with WiFi usb adapters, the most useful information for us is the chip they used in the device. This can then be checked whether it has built in support from the kernel or whether the manufacturer has released the drivers for it.

Another thing to understand is whether you run it directly off the computer and to know that it is getting enough power to run it.

So to figure out what chip is used, the easiest is to unplug the device, then plug it back in and do:

dmesg | tail

It should list specific information about that USB device, if you could post the output on that, it should help.

If nothing USB related showed, it may not be detected, possibly under powered too, try another port if possible and do the above command.

The output of lsusb may help too after the dmesg command.


Ahh, I see in your update information that it wants to remove kernels not needed.

This would suggest you updated your kernel but your driver (which I assume you built) would need to be recreated again.

If you go to the location where you build the drivers, you should do:

make clean
make
make install

I'm not sure what the module is called that you just created but you will need to do:

sudo modprobe <drivers modules goes here>

That should hopefully fix the issue, normally will reoccur if you do another kernel update, so you may need to remember these steps each time it gets in distress.

OK youse guys!

This time I followed all the information here and guess what?

IT'S FIXED!!!!! (not gonna c/p 'happy happy' x 200 etc this time).

Kame: I think you think that I have a lot more under my belt with Linux - I'm on it - but I am still in the n00b stage (with a lot of help from youse guys! )