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Old 22nd January 2009
bforest bforest is offline
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Unhappy HOW do I ENABLE the wireless device??

Hello and thanks in advance for any assistance!

I currently have FreeBSD (PCBSD) installed on this Laptop

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This Laptop has only the one WiFi switch on "bottom left". It is turned on.

THIS Wireless NIC WAS working in PCBSD about two weeks ago until I somehow disabled it.

If I boot into Windows the WLAN led comes on before the Log IN screen appears and the device connects to my Wireless router. When I Shutdown Windows, as soon at the shutdown screen goes away the Wireless LED on the PC goes out. Reboot starts and the LED stays out.

If I boot into PC-BSD the WLAN led does NOT come on. The Wireless network indicator in the "KDE Panel system tray" shows the Wireless Network as Not Connected.

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user@pcbsd% uname -a
FreeBSD pcbsd 7.1-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 7.1-PRERELEASE #0: Mon Nov 24 20:22:16 EST 2008
root@pcbsdx32-7:/usr/obj/pcbsd-build/cvs/7.0.2-src/sys/PCBSD i386

user@pcbsd% ifconfig wpi0
wpi0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
ether 00:18:de:10:33:29
media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect (autoselect)
status: no carrier
ssid "" channel 1 (2412 Mhz 11b)
authmode WPA1+WPA2/802.11i privacy ON deftxkey UNDEF txpower 50
bmiss 7 scanvalid 60 roaming MANUAL bintval 0

user@pcbsd% sysctl -a | grep wpi
net.wlan.0.%parent: wpi0
debug.wpi: 0
dev.wpi.0.%desc: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
dev.wpi.0.%driver: wpi
dev.wpi.0.%location: slot=0 function=0 handle=\_SB_.PCI0.RP01.WLAN
dev.wpi.0.%pnpinfo: vendor=0x8086 device=0x4222 subvendor=0x8086
subdevice=0x1050 class=0x028000
dev.wpi.0.%parent: pci2
dev.wpi.0.wake: 0
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