Monday, February 16, 2009

Configure Ubuntu 8.10 with IIUM Wireless (ARUBA)

As for my experience when the IIUM Wireless Environment has implemented, Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) has a problem to connect to to the wireless network. One of the millions way to fix this problem is by downgrade the version of Network Manager to the previous version. This is the method that I use to enable me to connect to the wireless network. If you have much easier solution to fix this problem, you are welcome to share with us.
Lets get our hand dirty:

1. Open terminal

2. Kill related process
$sudo killall NetworkManager
$sudo killall nm-applet

3. remove network-manager application
$ sudo apt-get remove network-manager

Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
linux-headers-2.6.27-7 linux-headers-2.6.27-7-generic
Use ‘apt-get autoremove’ to remove them.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
network-manager network-manager-gnome
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 4764kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
(Reading database … 129296 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing network-manager-gnome …
Removing network-manager …
* Stopping NetworkManager… [ OK ]
Removing any system startup links for /etc/init.d/NetworkManager …
Processing triggers for man-db …
Processing triggers for libc6 …
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place


4. Download this 6 packages.
  • dhcdbd_3.0-1ubuntu1_i386.deb

  • gnome-system-tools_2.22.0-0ubuntu9_i386.deb

  • libnm-glib0_0.6.6-0ubuntu5_i386.deb

  • libnm-util0_0.6.6-0ubuntu5_i386.deb

  • network-manager_0.6.6-0ubuntu5_i386.deb

  • network-manager-gnome_0.6.6-0ubuntu3_i386.deb

5. Install the packages that we have download (there are serveral way to install all the packages and in this tutorial we are going to use “dpkg”
$ cd /to/folder/you/save/the/packages
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

6. Lastly lock all the 6 packages version that we have downgrade to avoide this 6 packages been upgrade to the newer version when we do system update in future.

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