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dquinn618
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Connections tray icons backwards

Post by dquinn618 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:20 pm

I dual booted Mint Mate beside Win 10 on a HP Pavilion laptop. Everything is working fine with it (sort of, thus far :lol: ) except the wifi only connects in the same room as the router. It's a RTL8723BE and apparently this is a common issue with that wifi adapter. There are many, many fixes on the internet. I must have spent 20 hours trying to get it to work because it is a great computer (1TB HD, 8 GHz RAM). But nothing has worked.

So to use that laptop on-line I have to be next to the router. Sometimes the Mint Mate tray icon is fine, showing either the plugs for Ethernet connection or the strength bars icon when using wifi. But most often when I boot Mate the icons are backwards showing the plugs even when using just wifi. Then when I do plug in the Ethernet then it shows the wifi bars icon.

Is there a fix for the tray icons showing the connections wrong?

mint@mint ~ $ sudo lshw -c network
*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
logical name: enp1s0
version: 07
serial: 30:e1:71:2e:39:45
size: 10Mbit/s
capacity: 100Mbit/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half firmware=rtl8106e-1_0.0.1 06/29/12 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
resources: irq:126 ioport:4000(size=256) memory:b1500000-b1500fff memory:b1200000-b1203fff
*-network DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
product: RTL8723BE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
logical name: wlo1
version: 00
serial: 3c:95:09:8d:0a:f9
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rtl8723be driverversion=4.8.0-53-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
resources: irq:17 ioport:3000(size=256) memory:b1400000-b1403fff

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Re: Connections tray icons backwards

Post by BG405 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:58 pm

Did you manage to get these issues sorted? If not, it's worth checking if TKIP is in use on your router; I've read that this can cause connection issues. You could also try another WiFi card, usually easy to swap. I've had consistently good results with the Atheros cards e.g. AR5B225.

Not sure about the icon toggling issue, sorry.
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