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    Default WICD can't find wireless AP

    I'm having difficulty with WICD not finding any wireless networks. Ran sudo ifconfig -a ; sudo ifconfig wlan0 up; iwconfig wlan0 essid Eagle1; iwlist wlan0 scan essid Eagle1; and so on. All indications thru terminal window reflected a wireless signal being detected by my laptop, but WICD wasn't finding any wireless. My ssid is not broadcasted, but WICD allows you to 'find a hidden network'. Entering my ssid info, wicd still found nothing.

    Reviewing similar threads in other forums i saw that i could purge WICD thru the apt-get purge wicd* ; but when i attempted to do an apt-get install wicd, no luck. Looking at another post, i saw reference to synaptic package mgr. I found the wicd pkg, but of course i couldn't install because--I HAVE NO INTERNET CONNECTION. Yes, it was a bonehead moment.

    I restarted my box and ethernet connection found. I used synaptic package mgr to install wicd. Still no wireless.

    When i do an IWLIST SCAN i see my router with it's hidden beacon: ESSID: "\x00\x00\x00……"
    I then executed SUDO IWCONFIG WLAN0 SCAN ESSID EAGLE1, and i see my ssid and associated parameters: encryption key on, bit rates, freq, etc.
    But when i go to the wicd n/w mgr, it tells me there no wireless networks found.

    Stumbling upon another forum:
    I ran DMESG |GREP WLAN0 and saw the following: ADDRCONF (NETDEV_UP), wlan0: link is not ready.
    Then, DMESG |GREP IWL3945, and got this: detected intel wireless wifi link 3945abg.
    Then, LSHW -C NETWORK and saw my PRO/Wireless 3945G info, then i ran RFKILL LIST ALL and saw nothing is blocked.

    Again, reading some other posts in a different forum I tried several other commands:
    cat /etc/network/interfaces (everything ok)
    lspci -nn (saw n/w controller info related to Pro/Wireless 3945ABG)
    sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart (still no change, wicd reflects "no wireless networks found."
    cat /var/log/debug |grep wlan (showed previous dates of when wlan was up, attached, authenticated; the last entries however reflected "disabling the bridge, down, detached.")
    cat /var/log/messages |grep wlan (showed multiple lines of "wlan0: link is not ready")

    I've tried on my own to resolve, but cant seem to crack this nut; would love some help! I'm using Backtrack 5 (Ubunto 10.04).

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    Default Re: WICD can't find wireless AP

    Well from what you said everything is working fine except WICD, than do your wireless connectivity more "manually" instead of relying on WICD. I'm sure there are lots of tutorials online on how to do this.
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    Default Re: WICD can't find wireless AP

    Can someone provide some cmds for me to connect manually?

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    Default Re: WICD can't find wireless AP

    Can someone provide some cmds for connecting manually a wireless connection?

    Not gettig alot of help thru a variety of forums; I was given this link
    http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/iwlwifi

    When I run this cmd I get:
    root@bt:~# lsmod |grep iwl3945
    iwl3945 72170 0
    iwl_legacy 65230 1 iwl3945
    mac80211 410313 2 iwl3945,iwl_legacy
    cfg80211 160399 3 iwl3945,iwl_legacy,mac80211

    So I dont see how the above link can help. Would really appreciate some assistance, thanks.

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