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NetworkManager cannot connect to WPA hidden network

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http://forums.opensuse.org – My IT department upgraded the local wireless network and now NetworkManager no longer just works. I can connect to the network through ifup but prefer working with NetworkManager. This is a hidden network (not my choice). Prior to the hardware upgrade, I was able to connect while running an 11.1 kernel and KDE 4.1. Subsequent to the hardware upgrade and loss of connection, I tried upgrading my OS to 11.2 and KDE 4.3.5, in hopes of things just working again. Results of my debugging efforts are below. Anecdotally, and take it with a grain of salt, but my local network folks tried monitoring my attempts to access the local access point and reported that I was attempting to connect via 802.11a, which is not supported by the local network. I would appreciate any suggestions. I tried setting the DEBUG="yes" variable in /etc/sysconfig/network/config but that doesn't seem to increase the verbosity of the NetworkManager output. Kernel: Linux 2.6.31.12-0.1-default x86_64 KDE: 4.3.5 NetworkManager: 0.7.1_git20090811-4.2x86_64 NetworkManager-kde4: 0.9.svn1043876-1.4.1 wpa_supplicant: 0.6.9-4.2 tail of /var/log/NetworkManager: Mar 11 19:09:31 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): driver supports SSID scans (scan_capa 0x01). Mar 11 19:09:31 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> Found new 802.11 WiFi device 'wlan0' (driver: 'ath9k'). Mar 11 19:09:31 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): exported as /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/net_00_24_2c_37_04_b3 Mar 11 19:09:31 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> Trying to start the supplicant... Mar 11 19:09:31 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> modem manager appeared Mar 11 19:09:31 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> Trying to start the system settings daemon... Mar 11 19:09:31 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): supplicant manager state: down -> idle Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (eth0): device state change: 1 -> 2 (reason 2) Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (eth0): bringing up device. Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (eth0): preparing device. Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (eth0): deactivating device (reason: 2). Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): device state change: 1 -> 2 (reason 2) Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device. Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): preparing device. Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): deactivating device (reason: 2). Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): device state change: 2 -> 3 (reason 0) Mar 11 19:09:36 hyperion NetworkManager: <info> (wlan0): supplicant interface state: starting -> ready Mar 11 19:09:57 hyperion NetworkManager: <WARN> connection_get_settings_cb(): connection_get_settings_cb: Invalid connection: 'NMSettingWireless' / 'mac-address' invalid: 1 Mar 11 19:09:57 hyperion NetworkManager: <WARN> connection_get_settings_cb(): connection_get_settings_cb: Invalid connection: 'NMSettingWireless' / 'mac-address' invalid: 1 tail of /var/log/wpa_supplicant.log: CTRL-EVENT-SCAN-RESULTS No suitable AP found. Setting scan request: 5 sec 0 usec No enabled networks - do not scan State: SCANNING -> INACTIVE Setting scan request: 0 sec 0 usec State: INACTIVE -> SCANNING Starting AP scan (broadcast SSID) Scan requested (ret=0) - scan timeout 30 seconds RTM_NEWLINK: operstate=0 ifi_flags=0x1003 ([UP]) RTM_NEWLINK, IFLA_IFNAME: Interface 'wlan0' added Wireless event: cmd=0x8b19 len=16 Scan results did not fit - trying larger buffer (8192 bytes) Scan results did not fit - trying larger buffer (16384 bytes) Received 12321 bytes of scan results (24 BSSes) CTRL-EVENT-SCAN-RESULTS No suitable AP found. Setting scan request: 5 sec 0 usec No enabled networks - do not scan State: SCANNING -> INACTIVE initial part of iwlist scan: wlan0 Scan completed : Cell 01 - Address: 00:17:0F:81:F1:55 Channel:1 Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1) Quality=41/70 Signal level=-69 dBm Encryption key:on ESSID:"\x00" Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s Bit Rates:24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s Mode:Master Extra:tsf=000000430f2ce1e3 Extra: Last beacon: 592ms ago IE: Unknown: 000100 IE: Unknown: 010882848B0C12961824 IE: Unknown: 030101 IE: Unknown: 050400010000 IE: Unknown: 0706555320010B1A IE: Unknown: 0B0502000E8D5B IE: Unknown: 2A0100 IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1 Group Cipher : CCMP Pairwise Ciphers (1) : CCMP Authentication Suites (1) : 802.1x IE: Unknown: 32043048606C IE: Unknown: 851E08008F000F00FF03590053434E452D332E37000000000000000002000027 IE: Unknown: 9606004096001400 IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F00 IE: Unknown: DD06004096010104 IE: Unknown: DD050040960305 IE: Unknown: DD050040960B09 IE: Unknown: DD080040961301003401 IE: Unknown: DD050040961405 IE: Unknown: DD1D0040960C0145785FE9E34127010000D8B1290100008342C7ED9A7C5A92 (Distributions)