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Old 01-15-2019, 03:29 PM   #1
the red poppet
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Wireless detection problem


Hi everybody,
I have been playing with Bodhi 5.0 and quite like it. Iíd like to get to know it better. But I have a problem in that I canít get it to hook into my home wifi. Ethernet is fine. I see that the guide says that there should be an icon in the bottom tray and you connect via that etc but there is no such icon when I have booted this into my two Dell laptops (E6530 & E6430). I have tried lots of Linux distros and this is the first one that Iíve had this issue with. My Dells handle whatever I throw at them so this is unusual. I can find the wired Ethernet connection via system (I think its systemÖIím not near it now) but it doesnít show a wifi connection. I am under the impression that Bodhi is built on Ubuntu 18.04 which is the system that I run as my main system so I am not at all clear as to why this problem is there with Bodhi.

Can anybody help me with how to get this to detect my wifi? I like the look of this OS and would like to give it more of a go so I hope I can this solved.

Thank you to any people who take time out their day to help.

Cheers
RP
 
Old 01-15-2019, 03:38 PM   #2
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that is an issue i guess. but look into the menu and there should be a network connection or some such thing. maybe under preferences. once you get it going the icon does appear. also do an apt-get dist update and then an apt-get dist-upgrade in terminal/terminology. hope this gets you going. not in bodhi but in a couple of other distros i had to tweak the various encryption settings etc to get it working but once i did it all went well. been using bodhie for many years now and this is my all time favorite.
 
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for that. Yes, I agree I like the look of it a lot. I'll give those things a go tonight. I didn't do the updates so that may shed some light.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 03:44 PM   #4
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I also should have said that I get to the 'network' part but it only shows wired ethernet. No wifi and going into "add" (or whatever it may be) doesn't help. Its like the wifi adaptor needs to be woken up.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 03:49 PM   #5
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there should be ethernet and then below that wifi - since i hav stuff going already hard to tell you what the new install would look like - but try to hit wif and see what happens and also opens and try to connect - once that happens you add or setup a new wifi netwrok and all is well. good luck.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 09:52 PM   #6
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It sounds as if the drivers for your wireless chipset have not been installed. Some wireless chipsets, in particular Broadcom and Readtek, can be more difficult to get working than others.

The key question here is what is your wireless chipset. You can find that out by issuing the command lspci (list pci devices) in a terminal. Please post the output relevant to the wireless chipset here, being sure to surround any terminal output with "code" tags, which become available when you click the "Go Advanced" button beneath the "compose post" window.
 
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:07 PM   #7
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Quote:
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I see that the guide says that there should be an icon in the bottom tray and you connect via that etc but there is no such icon when I have booted this into my two Dell laptops (E6530 & E6430).
frankbell's advice sounds like it will get you headed in the right direction as far as getting your wifi adapter working. in order to get the icon to appear, it is helpful to know that in bodhi the bottom tray is called a shelf. if i right-click on that shelf (in an area free of minimized windows) and choose "contents" (at the top of the list), a menu of "shelf contents" pops up. on that menu, the networking module is listed as systray. you can also get to the shelves menu in settings under extensions
 
Old 01-16-2019, 01:41 AM   #8
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Thank you for your replies. Please find below output from the lspci command. I'm sorry but as a Linux and forum board TOTAL beginner I don't know what "codes" are. I expect that after this I will. I have put the terminal output in quotations. It is all of the lines below my prompt on top.

In addition to the suggestion re "contents" of the shelf I have already been there and there is nothing there that equates to the missing symbol or wifi. Likewise when I get "network" up there is only ethernet, no wifi. I will run the usb on another desktop in the morning just for my own edification to see if it appears there.

Thanks for the help everybody.


brad@brad-Latitude-E6530:~$ lspci

"00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:16.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family KT Controller (rev 04)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev c4)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation QM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (rev 35)
0b:00.0 SD Host controller: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ600FJ0/OZ900FJ0/OZ600FJS SD/MMC Card Reader Controller (rev 05)"
 
Old 01-17-2019, 01:37 AM   #9
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In what is probably the last roll of the dice with this distro, I downloaded a copy of Bodhi 4.5 and this one goes onto both of my machines with the little internet symbol that is missing from 5.0 down on the shelf with the os picking up my routers and wireless options. I did read that it was not possible to upgrade from 4.5 to 5.0 and that a fresh install was needed so it appears that, for me at least, that something got lost in the development of 5.0.

I don't intend to run 4.5 whereas it would have been good to get 5.0 going. 5.0 works fine on ethernet but I do need wireless from time to time.

Thanks for everybody's replies. If anybody has any other suggestions I am all ears
 
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:05 AM   #10
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Thank you for your replies. Please find below output from the lspci command. I'm sorry but as a Linux and forum board TOTAL beginner I don't know what "codes" are. I expect that after this I will.
no need to sorry for not knowing all things without having learned them first. asking questions is a good way to find out what you need and more than welcome here

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02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (rev 35)
this shows that your wifi controller is recognized by the system. i wish i knew more about drivers and how to move you forward from here.

Code:
sudo lshw -C network
on my machine returns a bit more info about my wifi as follows:

Code:
*-network DISABLED
       description: Wireless interface
       product: Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak]
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       logical name: *removed for security*
       version: 34
       serial: *removed for security*
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=4.15.0-20-generic firmware=18.168.6.1 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
       resources: irq:29 memory:f1c00000-f1c01fff
the "driver=iwlwifi" shows that bodhi is using the iwlwifi (specific to certain intel controllers if i understand correctly) driver to control communication with the network (though it is currently disabled as i am on ethernet).

hopefully someone with a bit more technical knowledge will poke their head in and offer some help if possible. as you said, i quite like bodhi 5.0 but also understand wanting your main os to work as conveniently and hassle-free as you desire.

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