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4muumia
February 21st, 2012, 08:27 PM
Tried searching for a solution but found none:
- ThinkPad X61s /w Intel PRO 4965 AG on board
- also tried /w:
- D-Link DWL-G122, RALink 802.11 bg, also couple of A-Link and Gigabyte usb adapts.
Favourite distro would be ubuntu 11.10, have also tried 10.04 lts and Fedora 16, with the same result on all:
- System doesnt recognize onboard wlan at all. If i insert a usb adapter, system finds both but says they are unavailable. Wired connection obviously works ok. I've installed drivers for the usb adapters (on all aforementioned distros) but the result is the same as described above.

Ideas? Im willing to dowńgrade to earlier versions or switch distros. The machine was shipped with Vista that was still there as i got it. After the initial boot-up that lasted whopping 12 minutes (:D) i decided that i'd rather install os2 or xenix from floppys than stick with vista...

-Jukka

praseodym
February 21st, 2012, 10:20 PM
Tried to reset the BIOS? Check also:


lsmod
rfkill list
iwconfig
lsusb #for the stick

4muumia
February 22nd, 2012, 04:42 PM
Tried reset, no luck.

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maija@maija-ThinkPad-X61s:~$ lsmod
Module Size Used by
bnep 17923 2
rfcomm 38408 0
bluetooth 148839 10 bnep,rfcomm
snd_hda_codec_analog 75090 1
arc4 12473 2
ppdev 12849 0
snd_hda_intel 24262 2
snd_hda_codec 91859 2 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13276 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm 80435 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_seq_midi 13132 0
pcmcia 39822 0
snd_rawmidi 25241 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
binfmt_misc 17292 1
psmouse 73673 0
thinkpad_acpi 73942 0
serio_raw 12990 0
snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
nvram 14029 1 thinkpad_acpi
i915 509519 3
iwl4965 121795 0
iwl_legacy 71499 1 iwl4965
snd_timer 28932 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
yenta_socket 27428 0
pcmcia_rsrc 18367 1 yenta_socket
mac80211 393421 2 iwl4965,iwl_legacy
pcmcia_core 21511 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
parport_pc 32114 1
tpm_tis 14002 0
drm_kms_helper 32889 1 i915
drm 192194 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
cfg80211 172427 3 iwl4965,iwl_legacy,mac80211
snd 55902 14 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,s nd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,thinkpad_acpi,snd_seq ,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
mei 36466 0
i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 i915
video 18908 1 i915
soundcore 12600 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 14115 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
lp 17455 0
parport 40930 3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
sdhci_pci 13658 0
sdhci 27360 1 sdhci_pci
firewire_ohci 35854 0
firewire_core 56937 1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core
ahci 21634 2
libahci 25727 1 ahci
e1000e 139814 0
maija@maija-ThinkPad-X61s:~$ rfkill list
0: tpacpi_bluetooth_sw: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: yes
1: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: yes
maija@maija-ThinkPad-X61s:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11abgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off

maija@maija-ThinkPad-X61s:~$ lsusb #for the stick
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 17ef:1000 Lenovo
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0483:2016 SGS Thomson Microelectronics Fingerprint Reader

praseodym
February 22nd, 2012, 07:24 PM
The card is off. Button/switch/keys/key combination? Also try


sudo rfkill unblock all

4muumia
February 23rd, 2012, 01:42 PM
keys do nothing, i also disabled wireless from bios > enabled it again > nothing. rfkill does also nothing.

whats weird is that on networking wireless isnt even available without an external wlan card/usb. if card/usb is present, networking shows the types but they are grayed out so > its not possible to turn them on.

hardware broken?

kurt18947
February 23rd, 2012, 03:02 PM
I have an X61 tablet convertible and the Intel 4965 works perfectly upon install or from a live session. There are two slide switches on the front. One is pretty obvious, it unlocks the screen. The second one is not obvious at all; I had to turn the machine over to see it. That's the wireless switch. The command 'rfkill list' may indicate the switch state. It appears on my machine that <Fn>+F5 also enables/disables wireless.

praseodym
February 23rd, 2012, 06:35 PM
Check the key combinations Fn+F2, Fn+F5 (as kurt18947 mentioned) and Fn+F9. Also try to press the button permanently or repeatedly during boot-up

4muumia
February 24th, 2012, 03:47 PM
oh boy, i feel like i qualify for an apple... :KS
this switch on bottom did it. i had the machine sitting on a dock all the time.
fn keys dont work but hey...

thanks!!!

kurt18947
February 24th, 2012, 04:03 PM
oh boy, i feel like i qualify for an apple... :KS
this switch on bottom did it. i had the machine sitting on a dock all the time.
fn keys dont work but hey...

thanks!!!

I'm glad it works. That little thing is not obvious, especially sitting in a dock.