How to fix wicd 1.7.0+ds1-5 Connection Failed: Bad Password on Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Merkaaat)

I’ve been struggling with fixing a nasty error with wicd network manager for about 2 hours.
The exact error message I faced was:

Connection Failed: Bad Password

The issue occured after some suggested updates from the Ubuntu graphical update tool.
The wireless network to which it was connected was a WPA-PSK (WPA2) Passphrase authentication.
The network key was properly typed in and was working well on another system so the error Connection Failed: Bad Password made no sense.

There was nothing unusual in /var/log/wicd/wicd.log , that made me even more curious about what might be causing the error.After a lot of try outs and a lot of readings and tests I finally got the cause of the weird Bad Password errors produced by wicd

Weirdly enought, somehow the Ubuntu package update tool has installed the default gnome network-manager package.
The installed network-manager package has mismatched somehow the way wicd connects to wireless networks and as a cause the wpa_supplicant binary was not properly invoked.

As a consequence of the network-manager being present on the system the wpa_supplicant process which made the exact connection to the wireless network was not launching in, the exact wpa_supplicant invocation missing was:

wpa_supplicant -B -i wlan0 -c /var/lib/wicd/configurations/0022b0aa424a -D wext

Luckily the solution to the notebook wireless device unable to connect to the Wireless network was simple.

All I had to do is completely remove all occurance of network-manager packages installed on the Ubuntu system, by issuing the commands:

ubuntu:~# apt-get remove --yes network-manager
ubuntu:~# dpkg --purge network-manager-pptp-gnome network-manager-pptp network-manager

The reason for issuing the a dpkg –purge command was my desire to completely get rid of all kind of network-manager related configurations.

Now after re-connecting with wicd wireless manager, it worked fine 😉

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18 Responses to “How to fix wicd 1.7.0+ds1-5 Connection Failed: Bad Password on Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Merkaaat)”

  1. hipo says:
    Firefox 3.6.17 Firefox 3.6.17 Ubuntu 10.10 Ubuntu 10.10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; bg; rv: Gecko/20110422 Ubuntu/10.10 (maverick) Firefox/3.6.17

    One more really weird thing I have experienced on that Toshiba Satellite L40 notebook was that a Kingston USB stick was failing to be detected by the Ubuntu, when no internet connection was present. After fixing the connectiong errors and establishing connection to the internet the usb stick started to work again.
    I wonder if the Ubuntu system does require internet for the proper attaching of the USB stick and if so is it possible that some of the information from the stick is being transferred to Ubuntu servers …
    Now as the internet works the USB stick works as well .. Oddities!

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  2. Eugene says:
    Google Chrome 13.0.782.218 Google Chrome 13.0.782.218 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
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    Thank you so much! I’ve been trying for awhile to get my wireless working again.

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  3. Bob says:
    Firefox 3.6.23 Firefox 3.6.23 Linux Mint 9 Linux Mint 9
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20110921 Linux Mint/9 (Isadora) Firefox/3.6.23

    wicd is SO much better than the Gnome network manager. Many thanks for showing me how to get it working.

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    • admin says:
      Epiphany 2.30.6 Epiphany 2.30.6 Debian GNU/Linux x64 Debian GNU/Linux x64
      Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.2+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0 Safari/531.2+ Debian/squeeze (2.30.6-1) Epiphany/2.30.6

      Hi Bob,

      Yep wicd is a way, ahead. Let’s hope it will get better and better 😉

      Wish you Best!

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  4. Vitor Morgado says:
    Firefox 8.0 Firefox 8.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0

    It was related with network manager but that’s because wpa suplicant is being used more than once at same time.

    I’ll explain:

    First time when i got this error i digged all the foruns, all was pointing to be a problem with network-manager. It’s almost correct! What was happening was, as you said, wicd and n-man were both using wpa supplicant at same time. Well i never had any network manager on my dist, wicd was the default.

    I looked at this:
    “wpa_supplicant -B -i wlan0 -c /var/lib/wicd/configurations/0022b0aa424a -D wext”

    it wasn’t really genuine, but i realised that wicd was loading all configuration files from /var/liv/wicd/configurations ( were 3 in my case ) and that would explain why i was able to connect sometimes after reboot and others don’t ( “loading lag”) and also why if i suspended or the connection died i couldn’t connect again.

    This also explains why people with fresh install could resolve the connection problem after deleting network manager and those who had upgraded wicd couldn’t. ( old config being loaded ).

    SOLUTION (plz update your post as it is very good and the reason i found this :P):

    Delete all those configs!

    Atleast worked for me and makes sence. Try and gimme some feedback.

    Peace and Love.

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    • Greg says:
      SRWare Iron 14.0.850.0 SRWare Iron 14.0.850.0 Windows 7 Windows 7
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      Vitor, I tried your method, deleted all config files, rebooted, but wicd still says bad password.

      I noticed that whenever a new wireless connection is established wicd creates a new config for that one.

      Still struggling to figure out the root problem.

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  5. Vitor Morgado says:
    Firefox 8.0 Firefox 8.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0

    makes sense*

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  6. hakiza says:
    Google Chrome 17.0.963.33 Google Chrome 17.0.963.33 GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
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    Thanks a lot!!

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  7. bhanu says:
    Firefox 13.0.1 Firefox 13.0.1 Ubuntu Ubuntu
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux i686; rv:13.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/13.0.1

    This approach worked for me!

    Saved lot of work. Thanks!

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  8. Darren says:
    Firefox 16.0 Firefox 16.0 Ubuntu x64 Ubuntu x64
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0

    Thanks. Worked for me too.

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  9. aimz_est says:
    Firefox 16.0 Firefox 16.0 Windows 7 Windows 7
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    Worked in crunchbang!

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  10. Matt says:
    Firefox 24.0 Firefox 24.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
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    Thank you so much! Worked great!

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  11. Sam says:
    Google Chrome 31.0.1650.57 Google Chrome 31.0.1650.57 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/31.0.1650.57 Safari/537.36

    Hi, didnt work for me. I'm using BT5R3 in Virtualbox. I applied the commands you served above, but it says that i havent got network-manager installed. And i still get the message "Bad Password. 
    I'm using a Usb-Network-Stick for the connection and got the following settings in VirtualBox:
    Connected with: NAT
    Adapter-type: Paravirtualnetwork (virtio-net)

    Please help 🙁

    My USB-Stick is: Netgear wnda4100 n900
    i already installed the stick into BT5R3 by installing the chipset RT3573STA

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    • admin says:
      Firefox 25.0 Firefox 25.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
      Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:25.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/25.0

      Hi does all commands execute with no errors? I guess maybe in command
      wpa_supplicant -B -i wlan0 -c /var/lib/wicd/configurations/0022b0aa424a -D wext

      you need to change /var/lib/wicd/configurations/0022b0aa424a with your custom config?

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  12. Allan Koschdoski says:
    Firefox 28.0 Firefox 28.0 Ubuntu Ubuntu
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux i686; rv:28.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/28.0

    Thank you!!!! Worked fine to me!

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  13. Yo Mismo says:
    Chromium 41.0.2272.76 Chromium 41.0.2272.76 Ubuntu Ubuntu
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    Thank you!

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