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My Alfa AWUS036NHA started acting up.. Please help!!


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Hello.

It used to work without any issues, and today this started happening:

 

  1. I connect my Alfa to my computer with usb cable
  2. The Alfa's led turns on and it gets recognized in system,
  3. 1 second later it turns off and stays off for a few seconds
  4. Step 2
  5. Step 3

It's random for how long it turns off and the light sometimes flicker a bit and sometimes the Alfa doesn't turn on at all.

At one point it stayed on for 2 minutes and I checked it's mac adress, tried connecting to wifi, it all worked.

 

What can be the problem? Please help I'm going crazy.

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9 hours ago, Cap_Sig said:

What OS are you having this issue in?  Have you tried a different OS?

Have you tried another USB cable?  Could be as simple as a bad pin or broke wire in the cable.

Just a couple quick things to check before digging in deeper to the problem.

Hello. I tried in Debian and Windows 10. I installed atheros drivers both times, definetely didn't make a mistake. I also booted a live kali usb to check if I did something stupid. Nope, still same issue. I tried 3 different cables (yes). Still same issue.

I thought this could be a PSU issue, maybe it wants more power? Then I remembered it worked on my old Lenovo T400 on a single USB 2.0 port without doing the same issue. This time I was connecting it to USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and USB 3 GEN 2 (800 mA max) and same issue every time. Tried multiple computers too.

 

Could a dmesg log help?

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12 hours ago, Cap_Sig said:

What OS are you having this issue in?  Have you tried a different OS?

Have you tried another USB cable?  Could be as simple as a bad pin or broke wire in the cable.

Just a couple quick things to check before digging in deeper to the problem.

Sorry for a double post, here's the dmesg:

 

https://pastebin.com/T0Cg6SpW

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Looks like from the dmesg its not a driver issue for the adapter.  

Something is going wrong with either the USB interface on the system or alfa adapter is bad.

  • Will other USB devices work from the same USB 3.0 port you have tried on the system?
    • If no - system is having USB issues
    • If yes - seems your alfa adapter is bad

 

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On 9/22/2019 at 10:20 PM, bruhhhh said:

Hello. I tried in Debian and Windows 10. I installed atheros drivers both times, definetely didn't make a mistake. I also booted a live kali usb to check if I did something stupid. Nope, still same issue. I tried 3 different cables (yes). Still same issue.

I thought this could be a PSU issue, maybe it wants more power? Then I remembered it worked on my old Lenovo T400 on a single USB 2.0 port without doing the same issue. This time I was connecting it to USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and USB 3 GEN 2 (800 mA max) and same issue every time. Tried multiple computers too.

 

Could a dmesg log help?

Any chance that it can be replaced by contacting Alpha? They have great customer service, and you could get a replacement in 48 hrs (depending on your location). 😈

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