Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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Hi, no matter what I try, I cannot connect to a public or private wifi network. Ethernet works just fine when I connect with a cable. I tried FN+F5 but that is not the issue. I also opened Driver Manager and there were no radio buttons for wifi, only nVidia graphics. Below is the output from the inxi -Fxz command:

butt@butts-computer:~$ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: Ohbears-Pwned Kernel: 4.15.0-91-generic i686 bits: 32 gcc: 7.4.0
Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.31) Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara
Machine: Device: laptop System: LENOVO product: 2342CTO v: ThinkPad T430 serial: N/A
Mobo: LENOVO model: 2342CTO serial: N/A UEFI [Legacy]: LENOVO v: G1ETB2WW (2.72 ) date: 01/31/2017
Battery BAT0: charge: 10.1 Wh 21.2% condition: 47.6/56.2 Wh (85%) model: LGC 45N1005 status: Discharging
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5-3230M (-MT-MCP-) arch: Ivy Bridge rev.9 cache: 3072 KB
flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10376
clock speeds: max: 3200 MHz 1: 1262 MHz 2: 1290 MHz 3: 1286 MHz 4: 1297 MHz
Graphics: Card-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
Card-2: NVIDIA GF108M [NVS 5400M] bus-ID: 01:00.0
Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1600x900@60.01hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile x86/MMX/SSE2
version: 4.2 Mesa 19.2.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio: Card-1 NVIDIA GF108 High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
Card-2 Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-91-generic
Network: Card-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (Lewisville)
driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 7080 bus-ID: 00:19.0
IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 03:00.0
IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (6.1% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: Samsung_SSD_860 size: 250.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 220G used: 6.8G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-1
ID-2: /boot size: 704M used: 141M (22%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 8.27GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-3
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: 2523
Info: Processes: 214 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 283.3/7728.9MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.5.0
Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56


Please help, thank you.
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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From your inxi output you've installed the 32bit version of mint on a 64bit laptop.

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System: Host: Ohbears-Pwned Kernel: 4.15.0-91-generic i686 bits: 32 gcc: 7.4.0
Download and install the 64 bit version. Note, cinnamon runs fine on this laptop if you want more eye candy. Running cinnamon on an i5-3210M which is slightly less powerful than your i5-3230M.

Mint installs 'out of the box' on a T430 with everything working.

If you need to post output again use code markers (the </> button above the reply window), makes it easier to read.

EDIT - you don't need a swap partition with LM19.x, it will use a swap file if there is no partition.
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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Thanks for the help. I reinstalled Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon and I still cannot connect to a hidden network using WEP and a password. My MAC address was added to the router prior to trying to connect. I triple checked the password to ensure that it is correct.

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butt@butt-ThinkPad-T430:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:
Host: butt-ThinkPad-T430 Kernel: 5.0.0-32-generic x86_64 bits: 64
compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.5
Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 2342CTO v: ThinkPad T430
serial: <filter>
Mobo: LENOVO model: 2342CTO serial: <filter> UEFI [Legacy]: LENOVO
v: G1ETB2WW (2.72 ) date: 01/31/2017
Battery:
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 47.6 Wh condition: 47.6/56.2 Wh (85%)
model: LGC 45N1005 status: Full
CPU:
Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-3230M bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 L2 cache: 3072 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 20751
Speed: 1198 MHz min/max: 1200/3200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1198 2: 1197
3: 1197 4: 1198
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics vendor: Lenovo
driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0
Device-2: NVIDIA GF108M [NVS 5400M] vendor: Lenovo driver: nouveau
v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa
resolution: 1600x900~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile v: 4.2 Mesa 19.0.8
direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0
Device-2: NVIDIA GF108 High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.0.0-32-generic
Network:
Device-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network vendor: Lenovo driver: e1000e
v: 3.2.6-k port: 7080 bus ID: 00:19.0
IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
port: 6000 bus ID: 03:00.0
IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 232.89 GiB used: 10.90 GiB (4.7%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 226.58 GiB used: 5.41 GiB (2.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-1
ID-2: /boot size: 703.5 MiB used: 84.1 MiB (12.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 979.5 MiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-3
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 56.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 50 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 2482
Info:
Processes: 212 Uptime: 5m Memory: 7.50 GiB used: 756.4 MiB (9.9%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20
inxi: 3.0.32 
I once again tried FN+F5 to ensure that the WIFI is indeed working.

Why can't I connect to the hidden network?

Thanks
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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Is the wifi switched on - I've been caught by this before. The switch is on the right hand side at the back to the right of the SD card slot and below the usb port - should be in the position where it shows green.

Beyond that, can't help. All my wifi networks are visible and I just connect 'as normal'. Have made no changes at the router end. Looking at my network settings, the only thing I've ever done is enter the password. Security is set 'WPA & WPA2 Personal' not WEP.

If it's not the switch hopefully someone else with more knowledge in this area than me can help.
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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Hello, and thanks. The switch is turned on and green is showing. I still cannot connect to the private network.

I used iwconfig and the output is,

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en0ps25  no wireless extensions.

lo no wireless extensions.

wlp3s0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:off/any
	   Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated  Tx-Power=15 dBm
	   Retry short limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
	   Power Management:on
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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May not help, but this is the output I get.

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andy@T432 ~ $ iwconfig
wlp3s0    IEEE 802.11  ESSID:"xxx"  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: 90:21:06:0D:39:AD   
          Bit Rate=1 Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   
          Retry short limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=70/70  Signal level=-39 dBm  
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:985   Missed beacon:0

enp0s25   no wireless extensions.

lo        no wireless extensions.
The forum does have users who tend to specialise in specific areas, with a bit of luck a wifi 'expert' will pitch in.
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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Does anyone else care to chime in? If not, I think I will just go back to Ubuntu because the WIFI does not have any problems.
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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Just done an update from 19 to 19.3 and now no WiFi. A Toshiba laptop. So no matter what computer it seems to be a software problem. Obviously a bit more digging or revert to an earlier version - somehow...
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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RollyShed wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:01 pm
Just done an update from 19 to 19.3 and now no WiFi. A Toshiba laptop. So no matter what computer it seems to be a software problem. Obviously a bit more digging or revert to an earlier version - somehow...
So a VAST apology to everyone. Yes, a bit more digging and a light came on :oops: what about the switch on the side that says OFF, ON, WiFi - errr, why 3 positions?

OK, switch to WiFi and all go. Yes, I'd used WiFi before and yes, I'm not the first on this forum to have the same problem, a finger accidentally, when picking up the laptop, moves that switch.

CHECK
- WiFi switch ON..... if you have one.
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Re: Wifi not working on T430 laptop

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Kramer,
1. Boot from a Live Linux Mint 19.3 DVD/USB and try the wifi.
2. Use a USB wifi adaptor.
3. Reinstall LM, sometimes you encounter a bad install.
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