March 19, 2010

Wireless Networking Card


Howdido Linux community!
I'm using Debian Lenny and I'm here to try for a last time to get my wireless networking card working on my Dell Latitude C600.
My card is a D-Link AirPlus DWL-650+. As I've gotten it explained to me this card is especially tricky since it could actually be somewhere around five different peices of hardware. Yet I have trough excellent help from the Debian IRC been able to pin down exactly what type it is. It is an tiacx100 with the tiacx100r0D radio transmitter, atleast that's what I've been told.

Now this should have worked out well and looked as if it would, only that it doesn't. Once I try to connect to a wireless network with the help of KNetworkManager the process stops at 28%. I have no clue to what is going on on the dark side of the system, so that is what I'm wondering if you wonderful Debian lads could figure out.

One thing that makes the task additionally difficult is that the kernel message buffer, dmesg, seems to go ballistics as soon as the card is entered into the system. Before that the system could be going on for months without filling up the buffer but once the pcm-cia card is inserted it is over. So here is an example of what dmesg prints as soon as the card is inserted:

And that is the ammount of reporting that filled dmesg after the card being inserted for 2 seconds.

Now that may be a part of the problem tough the real issue really is when I try to connect to my local wireless network. I have tried connecting to my router with different types of encryption and bandwith but nothing seems to change the situation. This is dmesg after trying to connect to my unencrypted network:

One thing that should be mentioned is that my networking card very well finds wireless networks. So it's only connecting to them that is the issue. So what is wrong with this picture. Have I configured my interface wrong, do I have the wrong drivers in some wierd way? Should I post any other files to complete these dmesg outputs? Please help me work this issue out.

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