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So - I've got this EeePC 900 that absolutely will not cooperate with Windows XP. If you really need to know why, I probably posted it already. Anyway, I downloaded and installed the netbook-friendly distro of Ubuntu and it works great! Except for one thing.
GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING WIRELESS CARD DOES NOT WORK
What the fuck is it about Linux that makes it take a huge dump all over wireless cards? This is maybe five times now I've installed a distro and this is the exact problem making it unusable. I'm sure I would be having a gay old time with Linux already if it weren't for this.
This time around, it's properly detected my Atheros card and (presumably) has loaded the drivers. I click on my available network and enter the key as expected. It thinks for a while... and then asks me for the key again. Four or five attempts later it gives up and tells me I have no internet. With "madwifi" enabled I don't even get that far; it pretends there is no card.
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What the fuck is it about device manufacturers that makes them take a huge dump all over Linux driver support?
There are some beta drivers out for some (Realtek?) cards that come in the EEE but from what I've read it's a bit of an unstable clusterfuck.
Seriously, just grab an Intel 3945ABG card off eBay. Works perfectly for me and everyone else I know running Linux on a netbook/laptop.
I had this same problem with Easy Peasy. I don't know exactly how I fixed it, but I uninstalled NetworkManager and installed Wicd, which didn't work either. Then I went back to NetworkManager and it started working fine.
Actually, I think I remember what the issue was. While you're connecting to a network that requires a key, a window will pop up saying something about a password to unlock the default keyring. But, this window appears in the background, under all the other windows, for some reason. And the first time you connect, you are CREATING a password for the keyring, which doesn't have to be the same as the password for your login... it's kind of confusing.
Resetting the keyring password and setting it up to automatically unlock may help.
No, the keyring password and stored key for the access point are definitely unique.
This just in: it happily accepts 5-digit encryption. My previous attempt was a different location with 128-bit. I don't know if this is the issue but I hope it isn't. The EeePC is a gift for my sister and her wireless is 128-bit.