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    Question Cannot connect with wireless

    Hi

    I'm new to Ubuntu and have recently installed 12.10 on my old laptop. The problem I am having is that I cannot connect to a wireless as it appears that the driver is disabled although I have no problem connecting over a wired connection. The laptop does have a wireless button which now isn't working working

    If anyone can help, please dumb it down a little as I'm only new to Ubuntu.

    This is all the information I have been able to find so far:
    alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ sudo lshw -C network
    *-network:0 DISABLED
    description: Wireless interface
    product: PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1
    bus info: pci@0000:06:01.0
    logical name: eth1
    version: 05
    serial: 00:16:6f:a1:45:29
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ipw2200 driverversion=1.2.2kmprq firmware=ABG:9.0.5.27 (Dec 12 2007) latency=32 link=no maxlatency=24 mingnt=3 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
    resources: irq:18 memory:b0008000-b0008fff
    *-network:1
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 9
    bus info: pci@0000:06:09.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 02
    serial: 00:40:ca:03:e0:f6
    size: 100Mbit/s
    capacity: 100Mbit/s
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 duplex=full ip=192.168.1.21 latency=32 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
    resources: irq:18 memory:b0006000-b0007fff memory:44000000-4401ffff


    alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ sudo iwlist scan
    lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

    eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

    eth1 No scan results

    alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ sudo lshw -C network^C
    alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.10
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=quantal
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.10"
    Linux alan-LM1WN 3.5.0-17-generic #28-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 9 19:32:08 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux

    alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes

    alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    arc4 12473 0
    rt2800usb 22285 0
    rt2800lib 57144 1 rt2800usb
    crc_ccitt 12595 1 rt2800lib
    rt2x00usb 19941 1 rt2800usb
    rt2x00lib 48562 3 rt2800usb,rt2800lib,rt2x00usb
    mac80211 461161 3 rt2800lib,rt2x00usb,rt2x00lib
    isofs 39210 1
    bnep 17707 2
    rfcomm 37276 0
    bluetooth 183228 8 bnep,rfcomm
    parport_pc 31968 0
    ppdev 12817 0
    snd_hda_codec_si3054 12864 1
    snd_hda_codec_realtek 63356 1
    snd_hda_intel 32515 3
    snd_hda_codec 111547 3 snd_hda_codec_si3054,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda _intel
    snd_hwdep 13272 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 80163 3 snd_hda_codec_si3054,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_rawmidi 25382 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    ipw2200 140513 0
    snd_seq 51255 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    joydev 17161 0
    i915 457161 3
    libipw 46357 1 ipw2200
    tifm_7xx1 12898 0
    snd_timer 24411 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    pcmcia 39509 0
    snd_seq_device 14137 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    tifm_core 15068 1 tifm_7xx1
    drm_kms_helper 45271 1 i915
    cfg80211 175375 4 rt2x00lib,mac80211,ipw2200,libipw
    yenta_socket 27095 0
    drm 230463 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    pcmcia_rsrc 18191 1 yenta_socket
    lib80211 14040 2 ipw2200,libipw
    pcmcia_core 21505 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
    lpc_ich 16925 0
    snd 61991 16 snd_hda_codec_si3054,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda _intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi ,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore 14599 1 snd
    psmouse 84843 0
    microcode 18209 0
    snd_page_alloc 14036 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    serio_raw 13031 0
    i2c_algo_bit 13197 1 i915
    mac_hid 13037 0
    video 18847 1 i915
    lp 13299 0
    parport 40753 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    firewire_ohci 35521 0
    sdhci_pci 18155 0
    sdhci 27830 1 sdhci_pci
    b44 31326 0
    ssb 50087 1 b44
    firewire_core 57492 1 firewire_ohci
    crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core


    If anyone can help, please dumb it down a little as I'm only new to Ubuntu.
    Hope thats enough info.
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by russellswords; January 8th, 2013 at 04:17 PM.

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    Re: Cannot connect with wireless

    Does anyone have any idea? Would hopefully like to get this working before before my college exams.

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    Re: Cannot connect with wireless

    Not an expert but I don't see anything particularly wrong with your lshw driver / firmware status - the problem seems to be the hard block:

    Quote Originally Posted by russellswords View Post
    Code:
    alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: yes
    You can try

    Code:
    sudo rfkill unblock 0
    however if it's a true hard block (i.e. a hardware button) you may need to get that working properly - try searching for info based on the particular laptop manufacturer / model

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    Re: Cannot connect with wireless

    Thanks for the reply.

    Dont seem to get any response when I type: alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ sudo rfkill unblock 0

    I did manage to find the help file and I am assuming that the identifier is 0?

    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

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    Re: Cannot connect with wireless

    I had a similar problem with an old Dell latitude. Sometimes Linux doesn't play nice with wireless switches. Update to the latest BIOS (might have to make a freeDOS flash drive). Go into the BIOS, disable the wireless card & Bluetooth, boot up, shutdown, go into BIOS, re-enable, boot up, ????? profit.

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    Re: Cannot connect with wireless

    Hi


    alan@alan-LM1WN:~$ sudo lshw -C network
    *-network:0 DISABLED
    description: Wireless interface
    product: PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1
    bus info: pci@0000:06:01.0
    logical name: eth1
    version: 05
    serial: 00:16:6f:a1:45:29
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    1-
    Code:
    sudo gedit  /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf
    at the last line changes false to true.

    2-let's lock the NetworkManager.conf

    Code:
    chattr +i /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf

    ( to go back to normal Status use -i option:
    chattr -i /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf
    )

    3-
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/network-manager  restart

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    Re: Cannot connect with wireless

    Amati: Thank you. I just installed Xubuntu 12.04 on a Dell Latitude D500 which had the Intel Calexico2 wireless card, and these instructions worked flawlessly.
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