FD - wireless trouble

Thomas Blasejewicz thomas at s7.dion.ne.jp
Sun Jun 27 05:54:14 UTC 2010

I have 10.04 installed on a note PC (hp nx9005).
The last 3-4 weeks I was struggling desperately to set up a wireless
connection (with the help of some very learned people off-list. The
details are too extensive to write down here).

The computer did work with a wired connection (still does).
Also, the FDD **DID** work so far.
After/while trying millions of things to make the wireless connection
work, I did the following:
* installed (via synaptic) "bcmwl-kernel-source" (some help article
said, this is necessary) and "ndiswrapper".
-> Floppy was still working.
* gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
blacklist rt2800usb
blacklist rt2800usb_cs
"Then save, reboot, and check your connection with iwconfig." (there
were TWO drivers and someone said, one needed to be deactivated
* Reboot.
* Fist: nm-icon does not show wireless connection
* Next: nom-icon starts blinking and then says:
"Wireless network: disconnected. You are now off-line"
* Next: nm-icon blinks some more -> then: "Connection established"
- (these last two steps are are repeated 2-3 times over a period of
several minutes)

BUT: Now the FDD is not recognized any longer.
Computer -> Floppy -> click: "Unable to mount location", No media in the
[Clicking on floppy gives "no device media found"]

* Uninstalled "ndiswrapper" (because I was told, I am not using it anyway)
-> no change (after reboot)
* Uninstalled "bcmwl-kernel-source"
-> no change (after reboot)
* Re-installed "bcmwl-kernel-source"
-> no change (after reboot)

* gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
-> deleted entries -> rebooted.
* Wireless connection NOT working any longer.
* NEITHER does the floppy work - I had hoped, that reversing the steps
might help.

* gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
blacklist rt2800usb
blacklist rt2800usb_cs
-> "Then save, reboot ..."
Now the wireless is working again (see above), but not the floppy.

I just don't get it (but then again, I am probably complaining too much,
as someone said earlier):
You get one function and loose another. Here the ability to read
floppies (even if floppies are considered as relicby some, but since ALL
my computers have the drives, I would like to be able to use them).
Floppies have been around since the dawn of time and I refuse to
believe, that using them is a highly sophisticated, complex task.
Throughout the 25 years of using computers, I never knew that there
actually **CAN** be problems with reading floppies.
I had these problems with OpenSUSE 10.3 and later 11.2. -> changed to
Ubuntu. In 9.04 FDD was working; in 9.10 NOT (officially recognized
bug). Now in 10.04 the floppy DID work until 3 days ago and then stopped
being recognized, because I set up a wireless connection. Reversing the
last steps I took before the FD went dead had no effect.

Question: is there a sensible, reasonably intelligent way out of this
paranoid mess? Or do I have to choose: either FD or wireless?
(THAT appears really stupid to me)

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