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Old 05-16-2008, 05:02 PM
"Eric S. Johansson"
Default Problems with 8.04 (WiFi, open VPN, random system lockups, CMOS corruption)

upgraded from 7.10 to 8.04 on my laptop (TravelMate 8204) and my wife's
desktop (shuttle PC)

summary of problems:

o WiFi (Intel 3945ABG) not recognized, solution involves back port modules
and wicd
o WiFi solution lost my open VPN management capability.

wife's desktop:
o migration from 7.10 to 8.04 caused random lockups with associated CMOS
o Firefox three plug-ins are not exactly functioning right.

detailed chatter:

On my lap top, everything seemed to work okay except for WiFi. WiFi is an Intel
chip, 3945ABG. After following instructions found elsewhere on the net which
involved installing back port modules and replacing net manager with wicd, I
finally got WiFi working. Unfortunately, I lost open VPN management. The only
other management tool I found was KVpnc which, is from my experience,quite user
hostile. For example, when importing an openvpn configuration, it expects
passwords for IP sec.

If I can't find a solution to these two problems, I'm giving up on 8.04 for my
laptop and going back to 7.10 where, everything pretty much worked right.

On my wife's desktop, the first problem noticed was that Firefox 3 had numerous
problems with plug-ins like flash and Java. Given that she's addicted to things
like youtube, Pop cap, cheeseburger and the like, this is a serious problem.
solution was to downgrade Firefox to version 2. The second and more serious
problem is that her machine locks up at random and sometimes won't reboot unless
you power off. Frequently the CMOS is corrupted. Like many of you, my first
thought was the CMOS battery is gone. Replaced it, no change. A second thought
was thermal overload but again, with additional cooling from an external fan, no
change. The only difference was upgrading to 8.04. Which leads me to the
conclusion that something in 8.04 is locking up and corrupting CMOS.

Again, if you folks, who are much smarter than I am, can't help me with a
solution, its downgrade to 7.10 and give up 8.04 as a lost cause.

I really want to stay with 8.04 if for no other reason than it's a lot less work
for me than downgrading would be.

help would really be appreciated

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