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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby JeremyB » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:15 pm

Please post results for

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lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net; rfkill list all

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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby sbroccolo » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:11 pm

I did post the Terminal window results "Hi guys, thanks for all your help. Yes, the results are, "lo no wireless extensions."
"eth0 no wireless extensions."


Typically there's more, including an entry for the Ethernet card. So that looks like you provided a summary of what you thought was the pertinent information. If that was all from iwconfig, I apologize.
However, you have still not provided the results of inxi -Fxz.
I realize that this is frustrating for you.
BTW, looking at the manual for the Dell Inspiron 6400,(did I miss that from earlier posts, the inxi provides that info) it appears that it has a feature to enable/disable WiFi. Fn+F2
You may have tried that already, but you would be surprised how many times I have run into the WiFi being turned off by an Fn or hardware button being the problem.
There are several possibilities that the WiFi card may be on that model. Including Broadcom. I have an old Dell Latitude in my collection and it took quite a bit getting the drivers for the Broadcom to work properly. Broadcom, especially the older ones, don't like to play nice with Linux.
If you look in system settings > Driver Manager there will be several choices for the B43xx Broadcom if you have one.
However, if indeed you have an old B43xx Broadcom then using an external WiFi adapter may be your best choice.

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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby jimbobs » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:44 pm

Cy O'Hara wrote:... This machine (Dell Inspiron 6400) does not have anything except Mint 18.2 on it. ...


Interesting! I am running LM 18.2 on a Dell 1525. Also, I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 running Windows 10 Pro. There is a wi-fi indicator on the 6400 beside the power switch. Is that on?

The 6400 does not have a wi-fi hardware switch and wi-fi is switched on and off by the Fn-F2 key combination (the 1525 has a h/w switch but no indicator).

But again, I encourage you to open a terminal and run the

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inxi -Fxz
followed by

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iwconfig
and post the results here. That will help you and us see what is happening.
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby jimbobs » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:45 pm

Cy, here is my output for the required system information. As you can see, there is a lot of information here:

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jfr@Inspiron-1525 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: Inspiron-1525 Kernel: 4.10.0-30-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Inspiron 1525
           Mobo: Dell model: 0U990C Bios: Dell v: A17 date: 10/27/2009
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T5850 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 8644
           clock speeds: max: 2167 MHz 1: 1333 MHz 2: 1667 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (primary)
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@60.02hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 965GM
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 17.0.7 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-30-generic
Network:   Card-1: Marvell 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
           driver: sky2 v: 1.30 port: de00 bus-ID: 09:00.0
           IF: enp9s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
           driver: wl bus-ID: 0b:00.0
           IF: wlp11s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (7.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS72501 size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 145G used: 8.9G (7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.14GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 49.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A fan-2: 0 fan-3: 0
Info:      Processes: 186 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 476.2/1988.9MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35

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jfr@Inspiron-1525 ~ $ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

enp9s0    no wireless extensions.

wlp11s0   IEEE 802.11  ESSID:"ThomsonABD8A1" 
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.452 GHz  Access Point: 00:24:17:3E:B3:50   
          Retry short limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:on


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jfr@Inspiron-1525 ~ $ lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net; rfkill list all
09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [11ab:4354] (rev 12)
   Subsystem: Dell 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [1028:022f]
   Kernel driver in use: sky2
   Kernel modules: sky2
0b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
   Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card [1028:000b]
   Kernel driver in use: wl
   Kernel modules: ssb, wl
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: no
1: brcmwl-0: Wireless LAN
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: no
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby jimbobs » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:02 pm

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Tks, JeremyB. I thought it might things simpler by just pasting everything :)
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby Spearmint2 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:07 pm

nobody uses this anymore?

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mintwifi
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby jimbobs » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:12 pm

Spearmint2 wrote:nobody uses this anymore?

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mintwifi


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jfr@Inspiron-1525 ~ $ mintwifi
mintwifi: command not found
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby JeremyB » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:18 pm

Spearmint2 wrote:nobody uses this anymore?

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mintwifi

Not me, I like results from lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net; rfkill list all to start and that tells me what the vendor and product ID are for the wifi if it is a PCI and it tells me if it is blocked. If it gets more difficult than that I ask for results from the wireless script link in my signature as it was developed with the help of some of my friends on ubuntuforums- the script isn't perfect but they are trying to make it that way. I don't care for inxi info for wireless issues as it doesn't tell me the vendor or product ID of the chipset. Broadcom had different versions of several of their chipsets, BCM4360 for an example and then look at the chart on https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/b43

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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby jimbobs » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:23 pm

JeremyB wrote:... Broadcom had different versions of several of their chipsets, BCM4360 for an example and then look at the chart on https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/b43


Correct link is http://linuxwireless.sipsolutions.net/en/users/Drivers/b43/
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby JeremyB » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:26 pm

jimbobs wrote:
JeremyB wrote:... Broadcom had different versions of several of their chipsets, BCM4360 for an example and then look at the chart on https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/b43


Correct link is http://linuxwireless.sipsolutions.net/en/users/Drivers/b43/

That is the old page and hasn't been updated in a while
This is a static dump of the old wiki, taken after locking it in January 2015. The new wiki is at https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/.


jimbobs wrote:
Spearmint2 wrote:nobody uses this anymore?

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mintwifi


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jfr@Inspiron-1525 ~ $ mintwifi
mintwifi: command not found

See if this file still exists /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py
The devs may have gotten rid of it

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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby Spearmint2 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:40 pm

It's still on version 17.3, or carried along with upgrades to that point.

~ $ cat /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py
#!/usr/bin/env python

# MintWifi
# No Copyright (What for?) Clem <root@linuxmint.com>
#
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
# modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
# as published by the Free Software Foundation; Version 2
# of the License.

try:
import os
import commands
import sys
import string
except Exception, detail:
print detail
pass

# checking the card type
print("-------------------------")
print("* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...")
os.system("lspci | grep \"Network controller\" > /tmp/detected_wireless_devices")
devices_file = open("/tmp/detected_wireless_devices")
for device_item in devices_file.readlines():
deviceArray = device_item.split()
device = ' '.join(deviceArray[3:])
pci_id_line = commands.getoutput("lspci -n | grep " + deviceArray[0])
pci_id_array = pci_id_line.split()
pci_id = ' '.join(pci_id_array[2:])
print " -- " + device
print " ==> PCI ID = " + pci_id
print("-------------------------")
print("* II. querying ndiswrapper...")
os.system("ndiswrapper -l")
print("-------------------------")
print("* III. querying iwconfig...")
os.system("iwconfig")
print("-------------------------")
print("* IV. querying ifconfig...")
os.system("ifconfig")
print("-------------------------")
print("* V. querying DHCP...")
os.system("sudo dhclient")
print("-------------------------")
print("* VI. querying nslookup google.com...")
os.system("nslookup google.com")
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby jimbobs » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:41 pm

JeremyB wrote:
jimbobs wrote:
JeremyB wrote:... Broadcom had different versions of several of their chipsets, BCM4360 for an example and then look at the chart on https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/b43


Correct link is http://linuxwireless.sipsolutions.net/en/users/Drivers/b43/

That is the old page and hasn't been updated in a while
This is a static dump of the old wiki, taken after locking it in January 2015. The new wiki is at https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/.



Ooops. When I went to your link, I misread the notice there and went to the old URL.
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby Cy O'Hara » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:14 am

jimbobs wrote:
Cy O'Hara wrote:... This machine (Dell Inspiron 6400) does not have anything except Mint 18.2 on it. ...


Interesting! I am running LM 18.2 on a Dell 1525. Also, I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 running Windows 10 Pro. There is a wi-fi indicator on the 6400 beside the power switch. Is that on?

The 6400 does not have a wi-fi hardware switch and wi-fi is switched on and off by the Fn-F2 key combination (the 1525 has a h/w switch but no indicator).

But again, I encourage you to open a terminal and run the

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inxi -Fxz
followed by

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iwconfig
and post the results here. That will help you and us see what is happening.


After loading this 18.2 there is no light on. However, there was a light on for the Beta version?
Thank you for all the information you are sending me, I love learning and Linux is a great challenge.

I will get back to you when I have digested it all and tried to apply it,

Many thanks Jimbobs,
Cy

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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby jimbobs » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:49 am

As per JeremyB suggestion above, If you run

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lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net; rfkill list all


the results will let you/us know whether your wi-fi hardware is actually on or off and why.
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby Cy O'Hara » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:44 pm

Wow, hope all this makes sense:

So sorry, will have to get back to you later, got two pages of results but need to do it again as the copy and paste did not work from the terminal
Apology
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby Cy O'Hara » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:20 am

Hi all, hope that I have copied this correctly:

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cjos@cjos-MM061 ~ $ jfr@inspiron-1525 - $ mintwifi
jfr@inspiron-1525: command not found
cjos@cjos-MM061 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: cjos-MM061 Kernel: 4.10.0-30-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: MATE 1.18.0 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Machine: System: Dell (portable) product: MM061
Mobo: Dell model: 0KD882 Bios: Dell v: A17 date: 06/13/2007 CPU: Dual core Intel T2080 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3) bmips: 6915
clock speeds: max: 1733 MHz 1: 1333 MHz 2: 1333 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
bus-ID: 00:02.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280x800@59.97hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2
GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 17.0.7 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Card-2 Logitech Headset H340 driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 002-002 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-30-generic
Network: Card-1: Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
driver: b44 v: 2.0 bus-ID: 03:00.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Card-2: Broadcom BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
driver: b43-pci-bridge bus-ID: 0b:00.0
IF: N/A state: N/A mac: N/A
Drives: HDD Total Size: 560.1GB (15.4% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54166 size: 60.0GB ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: 0AS size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 54G used: 7.3G (15%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-2: swap-1 size: 1.06GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 34.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 152 Uptime: 12 min Memory: 237.9/989.3MB
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 cjos@cjos-MM061 ~ $ iwconfig
eth0 no wireless extensions.
lo no wireless extensions.
cjos@cjos-MM061 ~ $ lspci nnk | grep -iA3 net; rfkill all Usage: lspci [<switches>]
Basic display modes:
-mm Produce machine-readable output (single -m for an obsolete format) -t Show bus tree
Display options:
-v Be verbose (-vv for very verbose)
-k Show kernel drivers handling each device
-x Show hex-dump of the standard part of the config space
-xxx Show hex-dump of the whole config space (dangerous; root only) -xxxx Show hex-dump of the 4096-byte extended config space (root only) -b Bus-centric view (addresses and IRQ's as seen by the bus)
-D Always show domain numbers
Resolving of device ID's to names:
-n Show numeric ID's
-nn Show both textual and numeric ID's (names & numbers) -q Query the PCI ID database for unknown ID's via DNS -qq As above, but re-query locally cached entries
-Q Query the PCI ID database for all ID's via DNS
Selection of devices:
-s [[[[<domain>]:]<bus>]:][<slot>][.[<func>]] Show only devices in selected slots -d [<vendor>]:[<device>][:<class>] Show only devices with specified ID's
Other options: -i <file>
-p <file>
-M
Use specified ID database instead of /usr/share/misc/pci.ids.gz
Look up kernel modules in a given file instead of default modules.pcimap Enable `bus mapping' mode (dangerous; root only)
PCI access options:
-A <method> Use the specified PCI access method (see `-A help' for a list) -O <par>=<val> Set PCI access parameter (see `-O help' for a list)
-G
-H <mode>
-F <file>
Usage: rfkill [options] command Options:
Enable PCI access debugging
Use direct hardware access (<mode> = 1 or 2) Read PCI configuration dump from a given file
--version show version (0.5-1ubuntu3 (Ubuntu)) Commands:
help
event
list [IDENTIFIER] block IDENTIFIER unblock IDENTIFIER
where IDENTIFIER is the index no. of an rfkill switch or one of:
<idx> all wifi wlan bluetooth uwb ultrawideband wimax wwan gps fm nfc
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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby JeremyB » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:15 pm

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sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

Reboot

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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby sbroccolo » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:56 pm

I have a laptop with the BCM4311 in it. It is a slow POS and was a major PITA to get working.
Whenever I need to use that laptop I plug in a TP-LINK tl-wn722n to use instead.

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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby Cy O'Hara » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:45 am

sbroccolo wrote:I have a laptop with the BCM4311 in it. It is a slow POS and was a major PITA to get working.
Whenever I need to use that laptop I plug in a TP-LINK tl-wn722n to use instead.


Hi,
Yes, I have this device for the emergency moments, but it affects my wife's machine so I do not use it too much.

Many thanks for your help,

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Re: Reconnecting wifi after installing Mint 18.2?

Postby Cy O'Hara » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:47 am

JeremyB wrote:

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sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

Reboot


Hello JeremyB,

I did not have any luck with this proposal, not even a tinkle.

Many thanks for your help,

Cy


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