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    10.04 - wireless no longer working - lenovo x61s

    Hello all,

    I got a second hand X61s laptop a few months ago, installed Lucid on it, and it's been working fine until this week. The wireless has stopped working. The function key combination to enable and disable the wireless no longer works so at first I assumed that some hardware had died, however:
    1) The wireless hardware is detected and,
    2) A working USB wireless adapter fails to be used too. (It works fine on another laptop running Lucid.)

    I would really appreciate any help with this. The wired connection works but this just isn't practical for me.

    Here's stuff I did that seemed to be indicated when I searched on this issue...

    Code:
    root@happened:~# ifconfig wlan0 up
    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132
    
    root@happened:~# cat /etc/network/interfaces
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    
    root@happened:~# iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11abg  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=off   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              
    root@happened:~# lshw -C network
      *-network               
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: 82566MM Gigabit Network Connection
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 19
           bus info: pci@0000:00:19.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 03
           serial: 00:1d:72:96:0d:fc
           capacity: 1GB/s
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
           configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=1.0.2-k2 firmware=0.3-0 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
           resources: irq:26 memory:fe000000-fe01ffff memory:fe025000-fe025fff ioport:1840(size=32)
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Wireless interface
           product: PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
           logical name: wlan0
           version: 02
           serial: 00:1f:3c:ac:17:92
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwl3945 latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abg
           resources: irq:28 memory:dfcff000-dfcfffff
    
    root@happened:~# rmmod iwl3945
    root@happened:~# rfkill block all
    root@happened:~# rfkill unblock all
    root@happened:~# modprobe iwl3945
    root@happened:~# rfkill unblock all
    
    root@happened:~# ifconfig wlan0 up
    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132
    
    root@happened:~# rfkill list
    1: tpacpi_bluetooth_sw: Bluetooth
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: yes
    3: phy2: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: yes
    After this, I tried the USB wireless adapter. rfkill reported it as soft blocked (only) but unblocking it did not get it working.

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    Re: 10.04 - wireless no longer working - lenovo x61s

    Try to reset the BIOS.

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    Re: 10.04 - wireless no longer working - lenovo x61s

    Okay, have just reset BIOS to defaults. Nothing seems to have changed with the wireless. I've noticed that there appear to be no user-configurable wireless settings in the BIOS.

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    Re: 10.04 - wireless no longer working - lenovo x61s

    Any other button/switch/etc? Please show

    lsmod

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    Re: 10.04 - wireless no longer working - lenovo x61s

    Yes, there is a function button combination on the keyboard to toggle wireless and bluetooth but this currently has no effect.

    lsmod output:

    Code:
    Module                  Size  Used by
    binfmt_misc             7960  1 
    snd_hda_codec_analog    78702  1 
    fbcon                  39270  71 
    tileblit                2487  1 fbcon
    font                    8053  1 fbcon
    joydev                 11104  0 
    bitblit                 5811  1 fbcon
    softcursor              1565  1 bitblit
    vga16fb                12757  0 
    vgastate                9857  1 vga16fb
    rt73usb                24224  0 
    crc_itu_t               1715  1 rt73usb
    rt2500usb              19675  0 
    arc4                    1473  4 
    snd_hda_intel          25805  2 
    rt2x00usb              11164  2 rt73usb,rt2500usb
    snd_hda_codec          85791  2 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep               6924  1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm_oss            41394  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          16299  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm                87946  3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    pcmcia                 35580  0 
    thinkpad_acpi          79399  0 
    snd_seq_dummy           1782  0 
    snd_seq_oss            31191  0 
    snd_seq_midi            5829  0 
    snd_rawmidi            23420  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event      7267  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    rt2x00lib              32165  3 rt73usb,rt2500usb,rt2x00usb
    snd_seq                57481  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              23681  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device          6888  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    usbhid                 41116  0 
    iwl3945                79436  0 
    iwlcore               125250  1 iwl3945
    snd                    71283  17 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,thinkpad_acpi,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    i915                  326140  2 
    drm_kms_helper         30742  1 i915
    hid                    83888  1 usbhid
    mac80211              238928  4 rt2x00usb,rt2x00lib,iwl3945,iwlcore
    ppdev                   6375  0 
    soundcore               8052  1 snd
    drm                   200448  3 i915,drm_kms_helper
    yenta_socket           22901  1 
    rsrc_nonstatic          9830  1 yenta_socket
    nvram                   7639  1 thinkpad_acpi
    pcmcia_core            38176  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
    sdhci_pci               6700  0 
    sdhci                  17960  1 sdhci_pci
    led_class               3764  5 thinkpad_acpi,rt2x00lib,iwl3945,iwlcore,sdhci
    parport_pc             29958  1 
    cfg80211              148725  4 rt2x00lib,iwl3945,iwlcore,mac80211
    psmouse                65040  0 
    serio_raw               4918  0 
    snd_page_alloc          8500  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    intel_agp              29319  2 i915
    tpm_tis                 9912  0 
    i2c_algo_bit            6024  1 i915
    tpm                    16368  1 tpm_tis
    tpm_bios                6402  1 tpm
    video                  20623  1 i915
    output                  2503  1 video
    lp                      9336  0 
    parport                37160  3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
    ohci1394               30260  0 
    ieee1394               94771  1 ohci1394
    ahci                   38350  3 
    e1000e                136301  0

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    Red face [SOLVED] Re: 10.04 - wireless no longer working - lenovo x61s

    Oh. My. Goodness. Well, I feel pretty stupid. There is another button to enable/disable wireless.

    In case anyone else with an X61s has trouble finding it: The button is on the bottom of the front edge of the case. This button is hidden if the laptop is mounted on an X6 docking station. Note: This button also stops any external USB wireless adapters from working too.

    Thank you, praseodym, for trying to help me.
    Last edited by crantok; April 8th, 2012 at 05:18 PM. Reason: Fixing attribution + adding details

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