Managing wireless settings: WICD

  • system
Posted: Wed, 08/05/2009 - 22:16
Hi folks, I had some wrangling with my new laptop I setup for testing 3.0 beta 3. Specifically the wireless setup and then to find a decent system for managing wireless connections as the included options are not the best. I posted elsewhere about fixing the settings for my wireless device an Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG chipset requiring some ucode from the Intel/linux site to work at all. That aside, once I got the wireless working I wanted to bop around town and get connected in various places. As you know beta 3 comes with Network-Manager installed which is not very reliable and does not provide much info for scanning networks to connect to. Sometimes for me it would crash requiring a reboot. Looking around a fair amount of people like WICD which is a replacement for Network-Manager. It shows much more info, supports automatic connections, and will connect before the desktop is fully loaded making you immediately online. Sounds great but I had problems with it only working at home! Once at a coffee shop it would connect and then wait interminably to recieve an IP address. Which never comes. Eventually I was able to solve this problem with 2 things: First, to delete the additional lines in /etc/network/interfaces which is mentioned at the link below. Second, I switched the DHCP system from dhclient to dhcpcd. This can be done from synaptic and then in the WICD prefs, you can select which DHCP client to use though they recommend (auto). Anyhow, maybe some people will prefer to use WICD over Network Manager, with dhcpcd. jonathan adams leonard

Conceptronic C54RU

  • parsec68
  • 10/27/09
  • Mon, 11/16/2009 - 12:24
Hi ! I'm new and i'm looking for some informations how to recognize my C54RU. Thank you in advance Peter

New developments on the kernel front

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 09/17/2009 - 16:18
Watch this space...

IP addressing not getting

  • jeffhardy
  • 09/17/09
  • Thu, 09/17/2009 - 10:51
My laptop with Intel pro (394ABG) , is not at all working with this version, network manager is always trying to get ip address and its not getting that it seems, some times it will show connected but again it is will disconnect .... crm


  • system
  • 08/21/07
  • Thu, 08/20/2009 - 03:49
Hi, I did a complete reinstall YET AGAIN of 3b3....tried multiboot with XP and overwrote my 64studio....anyhow. I can confirm here the necessity of deleting the extra entries in the interfaces file. Tonight after all this sequence I am in a cafe with wifi and WICD refused to get a DHCP address until I deleted the extra entries in interfaces and reboot. THEN! It was connected when desktop came up so not bad... jonathan adams leonard


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 08/17/2009 - 20:31
Thanks for sharing, Quentin

I use WICD too as the tool

  • giancarlo
  • 11/16/07
  • Mon, 08/10/2009 - 15:10
I use WICD too as the tool for managing network connections with 64studio 3.0, and it's my first choice when I don't need the extra functionalities of NM. After a fresh install, Network Manger wasn't able to properly work with Broadcom BCM4311 controller with B43 driver and the closed firmware. I installed it from wicd repository. This is the line to be added to /etc/apt/sources.list: `deb hardy extras` I get an average performance, that means I didn't notice any differences between WICD and Network Manager in terms of bandwidth and signal strength. The comparison is made with Jaunty that is installed in dual boot on my laptop. I can't say nothing about native windows performances, but I suppose they're similar, because the firmware used is the same. I've never had troubles with dhclient, that is, I use the default setup. __@kaimerra__: [This guide]( shows a way to improve the performances with your card, it's worth a try...

Fresh Install....

  • system
  • 08/21/07
  • Mon, 08/17/2009 - 01:23
HI just did another fresh install and upgrade of 64studio3b3. To install WICD I added this repo to synaptic 3rd party sources: deb jaunty extras Following WICD install instructions here: From the instructions, adding the key was necessary for 64ST3b3: Terminal: wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - Then refresh in synaptic and search for WICD and install it. Note: After I rebooted the desktop was then using WICD to manage wired and wireless settings including a dock widget....however it was not showing any wireless networks AT ALL! Go into preferences of WICD and enter 'wlan0' as the wireless device. It correctly showed 'eth0' for wired device, but in my case after a fresh install sequence the wireless field was blank which is strange. After entering wlan0, I got action. Anyhow, we'll see how this fairs around town. Thanks, jonathan adams leonard system: Compaq nc6400 laptop with Intel Wireless 3945ABG Chipset (requires manual microcode added to /lib/firmware)


  • kaimerra
  • 11/14/08
  • Sat, 08/08/2009 - 03:54
I have a intel 3945abg as well. I get horrible performance with it. It looks like 64 studio beta 3 uses iwl3945, but im not sure which version. If my laptop is at my desk, where with WinXP, I get 3/5 bars of signal. I can't even see the wireless netowrk in 64Studio. I am sitting 2 feet away from the wireless router, and I have 54% signal. That is very poor. I wonder if it is in powersaving mode? This was adjustable on windows from the driver panel, im not sure how to go about it in linux. Any ideas?


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 08/06/2009 - 15:49
I am sure some of the users here will find that helpful. Cheers, Qyentin