I have an HP Pavillion dv7 notebook that came with Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit. it is about 3.5 years old.
I tried to use Linux Mint 14 using a boot-USB drive.
The problem is that my Wifi does not activate. When I use TAILS, the wifi does activate and I can select a network from the list, with Linux Mint and Ubuntu, this is not the case. I think that this is due to my wifi-switch being switched off, but I can't turn it on.
The Pavillion dv7 has a touchpad WiFi switch. I can only use that switch when Windows is fully booted. Windows automatically switches it off
(it turns from ON/blue to OFF/orange) when I shut down my computer or put it into sleep mode. Trying to push it when booted into Linux has no effect, it stays off.
I have tried the RfKill method ('sudo Rfkill unblock wifi' and 'sudo RfKill unblock all' But that doesn't seem to work.
I have tried to check my BIOS settings, but there are no power management options there that affect wifi. Could the 'Network Boot' be something I need? I tried to turn it on, but it didn't seem to have any effect.
I have tried to change the power management settings of the network adaptor through Windows (Properties, Power Management, uncheck 'allow windows to switch off this device to save energy')
I have not tried to connect my notebook to the router with a cable. I suspect that this would not cause problems?
Could it be that I need a driver?
If so, why does TAILS not make a problem of it and just work?
Could someone please help me to find the right driver? I find it difficult to find the right one.
The Network adaptors that are in my Device Management are:
- Broadcom 802.11g-netwerkadapter
- Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)
My router is a TP-Link router, it has a WPA2 Personal password.
I hope that I have supplied all the needed details :p. Does anyone know what the problem could be?