This is an attempt to sum up some things that are necessary when asking for help, I hope it's useful.
First describe the problem from a user perspective. Just mention how you experienced the problem before starting to look at logs or other technical details. (e.g. I was trying to ... when I lost connection for no apparent reason) When asking for help, give an impression of the state your computer was in at the time of the failure. (Last weeks config, today's error message and yesterday's log are not likely to be useful) Make a list of: 1) the driver revision (see the rXX suffix in the file you downloaded) 2) name your distribution (+ the kernel version) (the output of 'uname -a' could be useful) 3) if possible: versions of the programs you're using (like wireless_tools, wpa_supplicant, most programs have a '-v' switch or some other option) and the configuration used. 4) output on screen or in logs Some hints: 'dmesg' shows some important messages on device initialisation / failure. These messages most likely also appear in some log file. (e.g. /var/log/kern.log, /var/log/messages) The log file might have timestamps which make easier to relate the log output to the time of failure. At least provide the device initialisation. (see example) Try to track down other zd1211/wlan related messages if possible. wpa_supplicant has '-d'/'-dd' options that provide (more) extensive logging. If there are issues the log will probably show a repeated pattern. Try to include everything from the start of the log up to the point where the pattern repeats itself for the first time. (e.g. if you see repeated disconnects, include everything up to the second disconnect. This should provide the logging for at least one disconnect) 5) output of ifconfig and iwconfig for your device at the time of failure I reckon option 1) and 4) are the most important. When you have a situation where things work and another situation where things don't work, try to pinpoint the differences between the two. Think about differences in versions, configs, hardware used, where you are (inside/outside the house, in a car), which other electric equipment is switched on/off. Example device initialisation, 'dmesg' might look like: usb 1-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2 zd1211 - http://zd1211.ath.cx/, revision rXX Based on www.zydas.com.tw driver version x.x.x.x usb 1-2: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2 Release Ver = 4330 zd1211:bulk out: wMaxPacketSize = 200 zd1211:bulk in: wMaxPacketSize = 200 zd1211:interrupt in: wMaxPacketSize = 40 zd1211:interrupt in: int_interval = 1 zd1211:interrupt out: wMaxPacketSize = 40 EEPORM Ver = 4330 zd1211:USB Download Boot code success zd1211:MAC address = xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx zd1211:AddrEntryTable = f7d4 zd1211:RF_Mode = 0000000d PA type: 0 XXXX RF zd1211:Mixed Mode zd1211:AllowedChannel = 000007ff zd1211:LinkLEDn = 200 AllowedChannel = 000107ff Region: xx zd1205: (exit) zd1205_config, /a_path/zd1211-driver-rxx/src/zd1205.c line xxxx zd1205: (exit) zd1205_init, /a_path/zd1211-driver-rxx/src/zd1205.c line xxxx usbcore: registered new driver zd1211 ------------------------------------------------------- This SF.Net email is sponsored by xPML, a groundbreaking scripting language that extends applications into web and mobile media. Attend the live webcast and join the prime developer group breaking into this new coding territory! http://sel.as-us.falkag.net/sel?cmd=lnk&kid=110944&bid=241720&dat=121642 _______________________________________________ Zd1211-devs mailing list - http://zd1211.ath.cx/ Unsubscribe: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/zd1211-devs