This AM I had an impossible WiFi log-on occur.

Over 30 attempts to get online with my (now) world-(in)famous WSK RTL8812AU adapter had been met with zero results I had to get my ol' Alpha Unit out of the box again. (Infamous; a good word there)

I got my old Alpha Unit and plugged it into a front USB slot and once it was recognized by the machine and it was up-n-running, I then plugged my WSKY into the front slot right next to the Alpha Unit - then once it lit up and started twinkling, I pulled the Alpha Unit out of it's port.

Yeah - hot-swaps and hot jerk-outs! I'm living the dream now!

The WSKY is at present running in the FRONT USB slot - one and the same where I had a lot of trouble in the past - but right now it seems to operate pretty good.

Thinking here that I have some out-of-date or busted app downloads - I ran the following:

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joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~ $ sudo apt-get install wicd
[sudopassword for joseph
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information
... 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
  linux
-headers-3.13.0-143 linux-headers-3.13.0-143-generic
  linux
-image-extra-4.4.0-112-generic linux-image-extra-4.4.0-116-generic
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  
python-wicd wicd-daemon wicd-gtk
The following 
NEW packages will be installed:
  
python-wicd wicd wicd-daemon wicd-gtk
0 upgraded
4 newly installed0 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
Need to get 291 kB of archives.
After this operation2,509 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do 
you want to continue? [Y/ny                                                  *note_ I said 'y'
Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe python-wicd all 1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1 [34.3 kB]
Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe wicd-daemon all 1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1 [166 kB]
Get:3 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe wicd-gtk all 1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1 [85.9 kB]
Get:4 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe wicd all 1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1 [4,256 B]
Fetched 291 kB in 1s (194 kB/s
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package python-wicd.
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Reading database ... 409918 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../python-wicd_1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1_all.deb ...
Unpacking python-wicd (1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1) ...
Selecting previously unselected package wicd-daemon.
Preparing to unpack .../wicd-daemon_1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1_all.deb ...
Unpacking wicd-daemon (1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1) ...
Selecting previously unselected package wicd-gtk.
Preparing to unpack .../wicd-gtk_1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1_all.deb ...
Unpacking wicd-gtk (1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1) ...
Selecting previously unselected package wicd.
Preparing to unpack .../wicd_1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1_all.deb ...
Unpacking wicd (1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.6.7.1-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-16) ...
ureadahead will be reprofiled on next reboot
Processing triggers 
for hicolor-icon-theme (0.13-1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1.1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.54ubuntu1.1) ...
Setting up python-wicd (1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1) ...
Setting up wicd-daemon (1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1) ...
 * 
Starting Network connection manager wicd                              [fail]
Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-16) ...
Setting up wicd-gtk (1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1) ...
Setting up wicd (1.7.2.4-4.1ubuntu1) ...
joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~ $ 
See that 'fail' up there? Is this my problem?

Let me run another command and see if it helps a little (or not):

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joseph@SurfersMintu1 ~ $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 007
ID 0bda:a811 Realtek Semiconductor Corp
Bus 001 Device 001ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001
ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 003
ID 046d:c51b LogitechIncV220 Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks
Bus 004 Device 004
ID 0781:b6b7 SanDisk Corp
Bus 004 Device 002ID 0451:2046 Texas InstrumentsIncTUSB2046 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 ~ $ exit 
Bus 1 is the current home for the WSKY. When I had the Alpha Unit also in the front panel - in an emergent purpose just to get online - it too was reported in Bus 2, but I pulled it out when the WSKY started blinking normally.

This WSKY/Realtek - RTL8812AU driver inconsistency is well documented on many - if not all - websites and YouTube tutorials as being clumsy, inconsistent and somewhat irreverent to the user.

The reason I like it is for the speed I can get out of it. The Alpha is supposed to be the ultimate - but the WSKY outshines it - when it works, that is!

I just thought that I'd pass this little hint along ->

DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR OLD WIFI ADAPTER/DONGLE! I MAY BE THE ONLY WAY TO RECOVER THE OTHER APP/PROGRAM TO MAKE YOUR PREFERRED DEVICE WORK AGAIN!

I know that's just wrong on all levels - but that's the way it seems to work for me.