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WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« on: July 07, 2016, 01:42:34 pm »
I was trying Peppermint 7 with my USB and decided to go ahead and do a complete install.
Laptop is a Lenovo T400 Thinkpad. Throughout the testing and installation I had no issue with locating and connecting to the guest wifi at my office.
However, After I completed the install I also ran the updates waiting in the update manager. 35 in total.
After the update I did a reboot and then the wireless failed. Doesn't even allow me to select wifi networks.
I did a re-install and everything works fine but I've not run any of the updates.
I had posted this in the general discussion forum (Sorry, My bad) and I was asked to post it here along with the output from inxi -F. (see below)
Currently the wifi is working but not sure why. There only a network connection icon and I still can't select "wifi networks".
I apologize for the trouble.

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System:    Host: joey-ThinkPad-T400 Kernel: 4.4.0-24-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: LENOVO (portable) product: 2768W67 v: ThinkPad T400
           Mobo: LENOVO model: 2768W67
           Bios: LENOVO v: 7UET81WW (3.11 ) date: 11/26/2009
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo P8600 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2401 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 2401 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Mobile 4 Series Integrated Graphics Controller
           Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV620/M82 [Mobility Radeon HD 3450/3470]
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: ati,radeon,intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1440x900@60.15hz, 1680x1050@59.95hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel GM45 Express
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 11.2.0
Audio:     Card Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-24-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: 00:22:68:1e:5b:a6
           Card-2: Intel Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: 00:21:6a:b3:49:36
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 212.1GB (17.4% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: INTEL_SSDSC2BF18 size: 180.0GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: Name n/a size: 32.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 164G used: 3.5G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.04GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: 42.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 2623
Info:      Processes: 178 Uptime: 19 min Memory: 658.6/1896.6MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2016, 02:08:13 pm »
Try this...

Right-click the networkmanager icon in the system tray (by the clock) and select "Edit Connections"

Highlight "Wired connection 1" (or whatever the wired connection is called) and click the "Delete" button.

Log off/on

See if wireless now works.
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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2016, 02:44:52 pm »
Ok, so let's see if I can explain this.
I re-installed. While on the USB I can access/see the wifi networks.
After the install I can "see" the wifi network I'm connected to when I select wifi icon but I can't select "wifi networks"
I did as you stated and deleted the "wired connection" and nothing change.
I applied all updates except any level 5's (linux-firmware, linux-libc-dev, linux-generic, linux-headers-generic and linux-image-generic) then rebooted.
Now I see no networks, no wifi connections, I can't select the "wifi networks" menu. BUT I"M TYPING THIS and submitting it over wifi................???????

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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2016, 03:28:55 pm »
Maybe you'd like to try WiCD instead of networkmanager ?

If so, run these commands in sequence
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mkdir ~/networkmanager
then
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cd ~/networkmanager
then
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apt-get download network-manager network-manager-gnome
then
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sudo apt-get install wicd
if those last 2 commands complete without error
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sudo apt-get remove network-manager
then REBOOT<--important that you reboot

Now go to

menu > Internet > WiCD Network Manager

for your wireless network, tick "Automatically connect to this network" .. then click the "Properties" button .. scroll to the bottom and enter your wireless "Key" .. and click "OK"




To UNDO
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cd ~/networkmanager
then
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sudo dpkg -i *.deb
then if that completes without error
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sudo apt-get remove wicd python-wicd wicd-daemon wicd-gtk
then REBOOT
« Last Edit: July 07, 2016, 03:35:34 pm by PCNetSpec »
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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2016, 03:39:52 pm »
OK, I'll try that. And THANK YOU for the help.
But I'm curious and if you have a moment to explain what the difference is? Am i missing something in what I'm seeing?
I sincerely apologize for my lack of knowledge, but I'm still pretty much a novice with all this.

AND I want to make this perfectly clear. I REALLY LIKE Peppermint. For me this OS has been much better/easier for me to use than any others.
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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2016, 03:56:29 pm »
HMMM, well this is a bit awkward.

I thought I'd go back to peppermint 6 and decided to install it alongside peppermint 7. (don't ask why, I'm tired).
After the install of 6 and running all the updates I rebooted back to 7 to try your suggested solution. BUUUUUT, everything seems to be fine..................
I'm seeing the wifi icon. All the various wifi networks are appearing.......  :'(

I am so terribly sorry to have been a bother.
BTW, I understand the basic differences between WICD and network manager. My query was more geared to why it would make a difference.
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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2016, 04:05:01 pm »
Glad it's all working now, and I needed to test WiCD anyway, you just gave me a reason so no problem :)

Reason - This time around we've (along with 16.04) switched to systemd .. it seems to have some networkmanager teething troubles but they tend to be minor and only with certain hardware .. but I'd expect these to get fixed upstream in short order ;)
(in fact there's already been about 5 networkmanager updates since 16.04 was released, so it looks like they're working on it upstream :) )
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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2016, 04:50:24 pm »
Hi
No reason for it, nothing that can definitely be nailed on the head.  Why would your wifi not work one minute and then work perfectly the next following a reboot? Which you had done a number of times before.
Without the actual peace of kit in hand - it is sometimes almost impossible to say.
I know its not a very technical term and please scuse my french but in these situations I simply say "sh!t appens"
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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2016, 04:54:14 pm »
Egg Zactly  ;D <-- a good friend of mine.
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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2016, 06:03:37 pm »
Well I want to once again express my appreciation for your patience.
I'm at home now and everything seems to be working with no issue. And i really like what I'm seeing with 7!

I will say that when I did the most recent installations I had removed the laptop from the docking station.
And as I was leaving the office a couple of people were complaining about "network issues". (which is usually the generic term used when they have an issue connecting their phones to check facebook.)

I admit I'm a nOOb but it's these type of things that make me to want to learn more.

Again, Thank you for your help and patience.
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Re: WIFI issue - Peppermint 7 Install
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2016, 07:24:54 pm »
You're most welcome thptpphptphpthpthp .. oh sod it you're "bob" from now on :))
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