The laptop is a 1005HA eee pc with a Atheros AR9285 Wi Fi card. There are tutorials on youtube showing you how to crack WEP in five minutes using Linux command line tools.
I can connect just fine to the same network with netcfg (actually, netcfg is the only wifi tool besides wpa-supplicant that works). It can scan networks but doesn't connect to them. It can scan networks but doesn't connect to them. Whether you use wicd or not, consider switching to WPA2. FWIW: if there was an issue with wicd, the boards would quickly light up.
@jasonwryan thank you for that lecture and assuming that people are morons. It appears that the problem is WEP, at least for me.They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own. I did "ps -e | grep -i b43" in terminal, no output. @businesskid: I can connect to non-encrypted/public networks, no problem. Mine is on usb, and only shows on pci because of containing the b43_pci_bridge driver.Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free. I'm using Hardy Heron (Ubuntu), 2.6.24-19, Gnome 2.22.3, Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g. You need ssb & b43 or ndiswrapper and a windowws driver. BTW, on kernel 2.6.24, forget b43 as that wasn't usable before 2.6.27.However, when I connect with wicd it stalls at validating authentication and then gives a "bad password" error message. Changing to dhclient just makes it fail at obtaining IP ADRESS. So basically you are saying that wicd is defective so I should use something else? So basically you are saying that wicd is defective so I should use something else? Seeing as I am here, though: ikaruga2099 have you tried moving/deleting your profile(s)?Well, I'm not going to tell you not to use wicd :-) It is nice software. Until that day, though, it looks like you will need to use some alternative. I've seen wicd report that the password is incorrect when in fact what failed was getting an ip address through dhcp.i wwish i could offer more but there IS this https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-842022-start-0that is similar to your issue and may help if you dig thru the stuff not related, but i don't think the router is BAD. if it associates and authenticates, fire off dhcpcd by hand.