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Old 02-21-2016, 08:09 PM   #1
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No WiFi connection with Lite 2.8


Sorry if covered elsewhere, but I'm new to this and although making progress, stuck as how to get my WiFi up & running.

Basically, I'm attempting to run Linux Lite 2.8 on a Compaq Presario CQ60. When I first ran 2.8 everything ran fine until I did the update & rebooted - from that point on, occasionally the "WiFi enabled" option is ticked in the box on the task bar, however, although that tick seems to come and go - the actual connection never comes to life. Therefore hardwire and Ethernet is the only way to connect this laptop.

I have reinstalled 2.8 five times now and have not managed to get the WiFi to show any sign of life......this seems strange as I would have at least expected some sort of response before the updates???

As for the driver it appears to be the Ath5k version for the Qualcom Atheros AR242x/AR542x wireless network adapter.

Gee, I sure hope this makes sence to someone out there before this thing learns to fly!!!

Living in hope,
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:02 PM   #2
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Linux Lite 2.8 here

Code:
harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: harry-Latitude-XT2 Kernel: 4.2.0-linuxlite i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.8.4)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.11.8 (Gtk 2.24.23) Distro: Ubuntu 14.04 trusty
Machine:   System: Dell product: Latitude XT2
           Mobo: Dell model: 0HJ48R Bios: Dell v: A01 date: 05/07/2009
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo U9600 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 6379
           clock speeds: max: 1601 MHz 1: 1200 MHz 2: 1200 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 4 Series Integrated Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@60.1hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel GM45 Express x86/MMX/SSE2
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.2.0-linuxlite
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection
           driver: e1000e v: 3.2.5-k port: efe0 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel WiFi Link 5100 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 0c:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 180.0GB (28.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: D2CSTK181M11 size: 180.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 8.6G used: 5.8G (72%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: /home size: 157G used: 43G (29%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 190 Uptime: 11:38 Memory: 766.4/5004.5MB
           Init: Upstart runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.111) inxi: 2.2.28 
harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~$ inxi -N
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           Card-2: Intel WiFi Link 5100 driver: iwlwifi
harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~$ ifconfig -a
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:xxxxxxxxxxx 
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
          Interrupt:22 Memory:f6ae0000-f6b00000 

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:xxxxx  Metric:1
          RX packets:22347 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:22347 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:2002944 (2.0 MB)  TX bytes:2002944 (2.0 MB)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:xxxxxxxxxxx 
          inet addr:192.xxxxxx  Bcast:192.xxxxx  Mask:xxxxxxxxxx
          inet6 addr: fexxxxxxxxxxxxxx Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:493297 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:393572 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:553129461 (553.1 MB)  TX bytes:49827362 (49.8 MB)

harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~$ $ cat /etc/llver
Linux Lite 2.8
So a

Code:
inxi -Fxz
a

Code:
inxi -N
and a

Code:
ifconfig -a
plus a

Code:
dmesg | grep firmware
plus a

Code:
dmesg|tail
May shed some light on what is going on with your gear.

Edit: a older post of mine on my Compaq CQ57

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ml#post5109543

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Old 02-22-2016, 04:54 PM   #3
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Howdy,

Thanks for your input to my problem over here in the UK.

Sorry I was a tad slow with my reply but I was not so sure on how to go about probing the system with those commands of yours....but hey I’m learning quite fast now.......at least I’m trying to.

Please find below the data you were suggesting was required to gain some insight into the issues I have over this side of the pond.

If I'm not mistaken it looks to me that the wifi card is shot - although I'm sure you may have a better idea than me.

**************************************************************************************************** *****************

jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo inxi -Fxz
[sudo] password for jacko:
System: Host: jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 17 Qiana
Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard product: Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook PC version: F.36
Mobo: Wistron model: 303C version: 08.51 Bios: Hewlett-Packard version: F.36 date: 03/13/2009
CPU: Single core AMD Sempron SI-42 (-UP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3) bmips: 4199.58 clocked at 2100.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA C77 [GeForce 8200M G] bus-ID: 02:00.0
X.org: 1.15.1 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau tty size: 80x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root
Audio: Card: NVIDIA MCP72XE/MCP72P/MCP78U/MCP78S High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:07.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-24-generic
Network: Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath5k bus-ID: 07:00.0
IF: wlan0 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: NVIDIA MCP77 Ethernet driver: forcedeth port: 30f8 bus-ID: 00:0a.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (3.5% used) 1: id: /dev/sdb model: ST9160310AS size: 160.0GB temp: 39C
Partition: ID: / size: 72G used: 5.3G (8%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 1.88GB used: 0.01GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 62.8C mobo: 51.0C gpu: 68.0
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 142 Uptime: 3:19 Memory: 488.0/1761.3MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo inxi -N
Network: Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath5k
Card-2: NVIDIA MCP77 Ethernet driver: forcedeth
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo ifconfig -a
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1f:16:7b:bd:1b
inet addr:192.168.0.2 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::21f:16ff:fe7b:bd1b/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:672860 errors:93 dropped:0 overruns:93 frame:0
TX packets:187525 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:926889054 (926.8 MB) TX bytes:18436130 (18.4 MB)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:65536 Metric:1
RX packets:6739 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:6739 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:744029 (744.0 KB) TX bytes:744029 (744.0 KB)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:24:2c:2c:41:0b
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo dmesg | grep firmware
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo dmesg | grep firmware
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo dmesg|tail
[12680.954297] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through
[12732.707974] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled
[12732.710989] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Asking for cache data failed
[12732.710999] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through
[12784.459883] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled
[12784.462886] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Asking for cache data failed
[12784.462894] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through
[12836.212568] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled
[12836.215692] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Asking for cache data failed
[12836.215700] sd 4:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $

**************************************************************************************************** ******

A couple of issues came of this exercise as I’m sure you will have noticed I tried the command <sudo dmesg | grep firmware> twice without luck as seen in the data above.

The other thing is that I don't know how to copy data into those blue box's like you did when displaying your "harry@harry details"

Thanks again for your help
Pozzouk.
 
Old 02-22-2016, 05:47 PM   #4
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Use the advanced reply button and then click the # mark in the advanced reply toolbar. Cpoy and p[aste your readouts in-between the code tags that show up. Then hit preview to check your reply to see if everything is in the blue boxes.

The dmesg grep firmware command was just me checking if any firmware was missing. No return on that command no firmware is missing. So no biggy.

wlan0 shows up as your wireless chip is on and is working [in ifconfig -a command]. inxi is showing that wlan0 is down right now.

to rule out something. Was a md5sum of the Linux Lite 2.8 iso you downloaded checked against this?

Quote:
MD5SUM: 9afa3ff610b371e5f518e5bd5c635494
I ask this because your wifi chip is not exotic and is supported by the kernel shipped with Linux Lite
and I am wondering if you received a corrupted downloaded iso. Especially since you said this.

Quote:
When I first ran 2.8 everything ran fine until I did the update & rebooted - from that point on, occasionally the "WiFi enabled" option is ticked in the box on the task bar, however, although that tick seems to come and go - the actual connection never comes to life. Therefore hardwire and Ethernet is the only way to connect this laptop.


ath5k is a good driver and worked on my atheros wifi chips like a charm Just some info

https://wiki.debian.org/ath5k

How long your wifi chip has been supported?

Quote:
ath5k is a Linux kernel driver supporting Atheros 802.11a/bg PCI/PCI-E chips, introduced at Linux 2.6.25
Yours

Code:
Atheros AR242x / AR542x
covered by

Quote:
Supported Devices

The page HowToIdentifyADevice/PCI explains how to identify a PCI device.

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo ath5k in Debian 3.16 (3.16.7-ckt9-3~deb8u1) kernel images.

PCI: 10B7:0013 3Com Corporation AR5212 802.11abg NIC (3CRDAG675)
PCI: 168C:0007 Qualcomm Atheros AR5210 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5000 802.11a]
PCI: 168C:0011 Qualcomm Atheros AR5211 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5001A 802.11a]
PCI: 168C:0012 Qualcomm Atheros AR5211 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5001X 802.11ab]
PCI: 168C:0013 Qualcomm Atheros AR5212/AR5213 Wireless Network Adapter
PCI: 168C:0014 Qualcomm Atheros (Device name unknown)
PCI: 168C:0015 Qualcomm Atheros (Device name unknown)
PCI: 168C:0016 Qualcomm Atheros (Device name unknown)
PCI: 168C:0017 Qualcomm Atheros (Device name unknown)
PCI: 168C:0018 Qualcomm Atheros (Device name unknown)
PCI: 168C:0019 Qualcomm Atheros (Device name unknown)
PCI: 168C:001A Qualcomm Atheros AR2413/AR2414 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5005G(S) 802.11bg]
PCI: 168C:001B Qualcomm Atheros AR5413/AR5414 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5006X(S) 802.11abg]
PCI: 168C:001C Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
PCI: 168C:001D Qualcomm Atheros AR2417 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5007G 802.11bg]
PCI: 168C:0207 Qualcomm Atheros AR5210 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5000 802.11a]
PCI: 168C:1014 Qualcomm Atheros AR5212 802.11abg NIC
PCI: 168C:FF1B Qualcomm Atheros AR2425 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5007EG 802.11bg]
PCI: A727:0013 3Com Corporation 3CRPAG175 Wireless PC Card
which also matches your inxi readout


Lastly

Code:
harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~$ rfkill list all
0: hci0: Bluetooth
	Soft blocked: no
	Hard blocked: no
1: phy0: Wireless LAN
	Soft blocked: no
	Hard blocked: no
2: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
	Soft blocked: no
	Hard blocked: no
harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~$
your readout should match mine

Code:
rfkill list all
Either you have a corrupted iso download, a bad wifi card, or rfkill which shows something like a hot key, bios , or wifi switch is killing wireless.

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Old 02-24-2016, 05:26 AM   #5
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If Iím not mistaken I think I managed it.......another step on the learning curve Ta!

Code:
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo rfkill list all
[sudo] password for jacko: 
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
	Soft blocked: no
	Hard blocked: no
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $

Sorry Iíve been gone a while, somehow I missed your latest message of the 22nd. I'm off to get a handle on that check sum business you recommend......it may take me a while so thought it a good idea to post the latest result of your code check.......errr? looks not a lot like yours!!!

By the way, I have realised that my blue lit wifi switch is impossible to switch off......only orange on boot up........also something it never previously did in its Windows life is, that now and again it flashes in a nice vivid PINK.

Thanks as ever Pozzouk.
 
Old 02-25-2016, 12:48 AM   #6
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Hmmm,

I tried another card and that made no difference at all.

Although I've got a bit stuck on the md5, I'm working on it. I certainly understand the concept but have been a bit slow on working out how to interrogate the burnt disc come the download source.....all a bit confusing for newbie! But I 'll get there.

However, having started with Linux Lite 2.8 and changed over to Mint17 the manner of the problem seems the same.....in fact I don't think I have had any joy with Mint connecting al all.

Obviously this is a secondary problem, but I installed Mint to sit alongside Lite 2.8. Unfortunately, although I see Lite in the grub it fails to load which is a shame, as I wanted to have a choice if nothing else other, than to prove/disprove my connection issue........whatever, neither would connect......weird or is that wired!

Endless fun but I do wish I could move on.

Thanks.

PS. What is a good place to get md5? I'm sure I saw along the line that some distro's include it but i found nothing in my list.
 
Old 02-25-2016, 02:50 AM   #7
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Hi...

If you would, please re-insert your Atheros card and post the results of...

Code:
dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan0"
This might tell us more of what's going on.

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Hi...

If you would, please re-insert your Atheros card and post the results of...

Code:
dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan0"
This might tell us more of what's going on.

Regards...
Thanks for looking by Ardvark - Here is what i found i sure hope you know what it means?!?!?

Code:
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan0"
[   27.420937] ath: Regpair used: 0x67
[   27.733397] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel_ht'
[   27.734138] ath5k: phy0: Atheros AR2425 chip found (MAC: 0xe2, PHY: 0x70)
[   27.788461] systemd-udevd[375]: renamed network interface wlan0 to wlan1
[   27.855335] cfg80211: World regulatory domain updated:
[   27.855343] cfg80211:   (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp)
[   27.855346] cfg80211:   (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
jacko@jacko-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $
 
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systemd-udevd[375]: renamed network interface wlan0 to wlan1
Hi...

Hmm, ok. Again, please post the results of this command...

Code:
dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
I'm not sure if it will come up with anything different but it wouldn't hurt to see.

Thanks!

Regards...

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Hi Ardvark, I tried a couple of variants of what you were asking for as nothing was happening and i'm still a little uncertain about the command lines - see the non event bellow!


Code:
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
[sudo] password for pozzouk: 
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ 
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $

Obviously I have something wrong!


However, "SLIGHT CHANGE" - I have just reinstalled Mint 17.3 (from a mag cover) and after a bit of pushing it suddenly seems to have connected......although it was not keen initially.......all a bit strange. I will get back later today and put up a resum'e so far on here. At this moment in time I'm actually wireless! - whether that holds after a reboot I will know shortly!!!!
 
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Code:
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
[sudo] password for pozzouk: 
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ 
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo dmesg | grep -iC 3 "wlan1"
pozzouk@pozzouk-Compaq-Presario-CQ60-Notebook-PC ~ $
Obviously I have something wrong!
Actually, no, nothing's wrong in this case. There was just no entry for dmesg to report, using the "wlan1" search term.

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However, "SLIGHT CHANGE" - I have just reinstalled Mint 17.3 (from a mag cover) and after a bit of pushing it suddenly seems to have connected......although it was not keen initially.......all a bit strange. I will get back later today and put up a resum'e so far on here. At this moment in time I'm actually wireless! - whether that holds after a reboot I will know shortly!!!!
That's cool, I hope it continues to work.

If it does and there is no other problems, please mark this thread as "SOLVED" by clicking on "Thread Tools" directly above your initial post. Thanks!

Regards...

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That's cool, I hope it continues to work.
Thanks Ardvark, continue it does! The only issue I have been unable to solve is having to manually sign in each time I boot up followed by a button press of the wifi and wait about a minute and then she's fine for as long as the laptop is left running......Is there a way to get the wifi to connect automatically on boot-up as I can't see any settings as such?
 
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The only issue I have been unable to solve is having to manually sign in each time I boot up followed by a button press of the wifi and wait about a minute and then she's fine for as long as the laptop is left running......Is there a way to get the wifi to connect automatically on boot-up as I can't see any settings as such?
Hi...

That's odd, you shouldn't have to keep pressing the wifi button for it to start after booting the system, if I'm understanding you correctly. If the wifi is left on (at the hardware level,) connecting should be automatic.

I would need more detail as to what's happening.

Do the suggestions (particularly the second one) here help at all?

Regards...

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Old 03-06-2016, 06:08 AM   #14
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connecting should be automatic.
Cheers for looking by Ardvark.

I guess things could be worse - Just to recap - Mint17 Rosa is working fine on the original laptop that I had so much trouble with. However, this post is being written on an old PC that I now have Lite 2.8 running on also OK - this is hardwired so no issues........hallelujah!!!

But going back to that WiFi on the laptop - So long as I keep the machine suspended when not in use - upon resumption everything has stayed connected fine.

It might appear I'm being fussy now, but each time I reboot I have to click on the icon in the task bar to bring up the "network connections" dialog box - then click to "connect to hidden network" - the the drop-down list reveals my network ID - so I click to connect - the password details auto fill & the the little whirly symbol in the task bar whirls for around 30 seconds but fails - Next, I press the already blue WiFi button for around 30 seconds and after some further whirling hey presto all is fine.....till next reboot, then I have to go through said procedure all over again...........Sorry so long, I sure hope this made sense?!?!

Two things puzzle me:

1. Is that the WiFi button light is always lit Blue - Only showing Orange in the initial boot up phase.......has me wondering if the switch is suspect? As I'm sure I should be able to kill the connection if required.....presumably that would have it turn Orange.......not a big issue.

2. The MOST IRRITATING issue is, that I can't find the "Auto connect to this network when it is available" tick box that is clearly shown in the link you posted for me.

Many thanks & sorry for the essay.

ATB Pozzouk.
 
Old 03-06-2016, 07:05 AM   #15
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This laptop I believe requires an HP Wireless manager to turn on WiFi on Windows, so I think the hardware design is inherently bad for Linux. I know someone who has a very similar model that does the same thing when the wireless manager doesn't work.

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