[PC-BSD Testing] 7 Alpha 4 fixes laptop wifi problems with iwi
kris at pcbsd.com
Mon Jul 21 07:34:21 PDT 2008
Ian Robinson wrote:
> Dear Kris,
> 1. iwi Wifi fixed. The new Alpha 4 release fixes the wifi problem I
> had with the iwi driver. I wrote over the Alpha 3 release as soon as
> I had a freshly minted dvd to install, so I cannot test with the
> commands you gave me.
> Looking into the /boot/firmware directory shows there are no iwi
> files. Obviously my comment about that was proven wrong.
> I am guessing that the radio was not "on" as I never saw the blinking
> amber light on the laptop's front panel. As you know, the inner
> workings of the "on" switch for the Intel PRO/2200 are so secret that
> not even God knows, and the usual workaround was to boot into and out
> of Whine_doze to make sure radio was on. Alas, that did me no good.
> I am pleased to tell you that my wifi is perfect now, and scan detects
> all the wireless radios in the neighborhood.
My older iwi had that problem also, I had to use windows, or try and
enable the radio during the BIOS POST, otherwise it was near impossible
to get it to turn on :)
> 2. Screen Freeze fixed. My other problem about a screen freeze has
> also disappeared. I've been running for almost two hours in and out
> of many programs without so much as a hiccup. Viewing the Desktop
> Quick Guide almost always had sent me to the black blinking screen of
> death. No longer.
> 3. Bill mentioned he had experienced problems with his monitor going
> in and out of standby. I'm running the Alpha versions on three
> different systems (PIII desktop w/ Matrox G450 video card, Dual P3
> ML-370 server w/ ATI Rage Video and SCSI Raid array, and this laptop
> w/ Intel 855 Video), and all of the monitors go into and recover from
> standby just fine with my equipment combinations.
Yea, works great here as well, so thats more positive news :)
> 4. I still have a "Lost & Found" menu item under the Applications Tab
> containing Akonadi Console and KJotsPart.
I see those here also, I'm not removing them just yet, because I'm not
sure if its just a KDE bug placing them in the wrong directory, or if we
need to remove the .desktop files itself. I want to wait until 4.1 is
finished before removing anything.
> 5. It's great to have Konsole working.
Tell me about it! I hated xterm with a passion :)
> 6. More speed, more power, more Wow! The combination of FreeBSD 7
> and KDE 4.1 RC1 really gives this computer some heretofore unexpected
> power. Big directories read faster, Gmail loads faster, images
> resolve faster. My pulse is up. I'll probably have to be sedated
> soon with whatever doctors and psychiatrists give people to bring them
> back down to normal.
I'm having a harder time using KDE 3.5 myself, I really like 4 now.
> 7. This morning I saw and downloaded a PCBSD 7.0 Alpha 4 .img file
> for USB installation. There was no readme or directions. There were
> several examples existing on the WWW that said to use dd to copy the
> .img file to the USB stick. Is that the plan intended for the .img?
> However, this afternoon, the ftp site did not have the USB img
SHHHHHH!!!!! :) I uploaded that by accident on Friday, but yes I am just
about finished with a USB bootable image, so you can throw PC-BSD7
install on a 2GB USB flash disk and bootup with that instead. I should
have it ready to go in the next week or so and then I'll upload it along
with the others for testing.
> Thanks again Kris, Tim, and The Team.
> Ian Robinson
> Salem, Ohio
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