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possible fix.... but not 100% on if it will resolve it. This was an original fix for Natty Narwhale i do believe....

Thanks for the tip, cheiron! I will check it out. The strange thing is I ran from the live DVD again for several hours last night with no wifi hiccups. It was only a problem after I installed to my hard disk.
possible fix.... but not 100% on if it will resolve it. This was an original fix for Natty Narwhale i do believe....

Create a new file /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf

Add the following line to it:
options ath9k nohwcrypt=1

Save and reboot
wattOS R10 / Problem With Samsung N145 Plus Netbook / Qualcomm Wireless Adapter
« Last post by calinb on June 22, 2017, 07:45:45 PM »
I installed wattOS R10. Though R10 had worked perfectly when live-booted from a DVD, my wireless adapter started acting up after I installed R10 to my hard disk drive. This isn't an entirely new problem; my previous Ubuntu 12.04 LTS system would occasionally drop its connection to my Motorola G4 Plus smartphone hotspot (ATT service), though its wireless connection is solid with nearly all other wireless routers and hotspots. Sadly, my old Ubuntu workaround does not allow me to quickly re-establish a connection after a disconnect (simply disabling wireless and then turning it back on using the panel GUI). With wattOS, I must reboot, and even logging-off and back on doesn't reconnect the wireless. Toggling the wireless connection using the wattOS panel GUI results in losing the signal strength bar, though "ifconfig" from a terminal reports that it's still connected. Unfortunately, the problem occurs far too often to make such reboots practical.

So I quickly gave up on wattOS and installed Peppermint, which hasn't exhibited this problem in several hours of use. (I've run both OS'es live and from a hard disk long enough that I think I'm not just being fooled by the intermittent nature of the problem.)

I'm having some regrets in giving up too soon, however, because Peppermint doesn't seem to be quite as "light" and snappy as wattOS. Surprisingly, even Peppermint's Chromium browser seems to be a little slower than Firefox under wattOS. (But maybe this is related to the wireless differences!) Perhaps R10 from the hard disk uses a proprietary Qualcomm adapter. (I did check the box for proprietary modules when installing both wattOS and Peppermint.) Perhaps a proprietary driver was installed under R10, which offered greater connection speed but also exhibits the instability.

Might I be successful with a nuke and repave with R10 but not checking the proprietary driver box this time?

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~ $ lspci | grep -i wireless
05:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

I'm very impressed with wattOS's speed on this old netbook (Unity was, of course, pathetic) and also with the quality and usability of this forum (and support is a big part of adopting an OS too). I also worked for Intel in the Portland area for 20 years, so maybe biff's and wattOS's home base imparts some appeal to me too! ;D

Thanks for any ideas or advice.

wattOS R10 / Re: Flash or alternative Flash player?
« Last post by leenie on June 22, 2017, 01:16:54 PM »
Have you installed wattOS yet?
wattOS R10 / Re: Flash or alternative Flash player?
« Last post by leenie on June 20, 2017, 01:55:02 AM »
Try this:  There is no Software Center in wattOS (and if you don't like using the terminal) you can search Synaptic Package Manager for "browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash". Enjoy and welcome to wattOS.
wattOS R10 / Re: Flash or alternative Flash player?
« Last post by smhardesty on June 19, 2017, 06:39:50 PM »
Oops. Sorry about that. I use Firefox.
wattOS R10 / Re: Flash or alternative Flash player?
« Last post by leenie on June 19, 2017, 12:31:05 AM »
Have to know what browser you use.
wattOS R10 / Flash or alternative Flash player?
« Last post by smhardesty on June 18, 2017, 05:12:39 PM »
I've just registered on the forum as a new WattOS user. I haven't installed R10 yet so I'm still using Mint 18 at this point. I've spent the last 2 weeks searching the 'Net for the best lightweight distro that will still allow me to install the packages/apps I'll be wanting to use. At this point I've narrowed it down to WattOS and Linux Lite. I'm leaning heavily towards WattOS due to the extreme lightweight install that it presents as well as the fact that LXDE is the default desktop. Lite defaults to XFCE and while there isn't a lot wrong with XFCE it is a bit heavier than LXDE. While there is nothing specifically wrong with Mint, I have experienced slow downs on 2 laptops and my desktop. By slowdowns, I mean that over a period of months everything about my Mint installs has gotten slower and slower, to include boot up time, time required to open apps, and especially in Firefox. Thus my desire to find a solid, lightweight distro that hopefully won't be troubled with such problems.

Part of the reason I haven't yet installed is that I wanted to research and be sure I'll be able to eventually have WattOS R10 setup with everything I need/want. One of the areas that stands out at this point is with Flash. Flash is a sticky point for all Linux users right now, I know. I'd like to read what some of you more experienced WattOS users have decided to do about Flash on your computers. Are you using Flash, or an alternative, or just ignoring Flash altogether? Any and all replies will be greatly appreciated.

I have two other questions that I'll ask after I've read over what the best way to handle the Flash situation is. Thanks in advance.
General Discussion / Re: WattOS at organisation and/or company
« Last post by biffster on June 03, 2017, 06:17:20 PM »
Hi CharlieK -

Thanks for asking, but you can use wattOS for whatever you like with no obligations :)

I have even had a company use it for their netbooks they sold, so its truly free and open...

Of course support here is best effort and free (and I am slow sometimes). If you want/need professional support with SLA's , or per incident help, feel free to contact me directly to discuss that.

Good luck and have fun :)

Feedback and Suggestions / Microwatt and Surf
« Last post by coaster on June 01, 2017, 05:15:11 PM »
I too want to pass on how much I enjoy Microwatt R10. I put it on an old netbook and it was such an improvement that I installed it on my desktop too. I couldn’t be happier about its speed, efficency, and flexability. I really like that “Surf” browser too. I do have a copy of Firefox installed, but I find I do the great majority of my net crawling on the lightweight browser.

When it comes time to decide which applications you will include in the next Microwatt, please consider keeping “Surf”.

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