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    Exclamation Wifi Hardware no longer toggleable

    Hello, all. Im quite new to Ubuntu and Linux all in itself.

    So, a while ago my father worked in a school district that gave out PCs to every staff member, it being a HP Compaq 6715b has a built in WiFi receiver. I recently upgraded from Vista to Linux as Vista got slow and when my father left he had no admin powers on this PC.

    Anyway, that Wifi receiver has a touch button above the keyboard to activate and de-activate it (even though the rest work but have no function). It seems after upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 I no longer can toggle the receiver. Even if I go and configure a Wifi Network with my router's IP, Mac address, and such it cannot connect let alone turn the hardware on. I hope I can fix this as I wish to get more time out of this laptop.

    P.S: I hope its just a driver problem or something of that sort, honestly.

    EDIT: I can get it enabled if I hit the Bluetooth on a few times.. But other times the Bluetooth toggle is grayed out and untoggle-able, oh. Is there a way to have Ubuntu look for all/any Wifi network connections?
    Last edited by matthew44; July 19th, 2014 at 07:29 PM.

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    Re: Wifi Hardware no longer toggleable

    Hi matthew44 and Welcome to Ubuntu,

    We could use a little more information about which wireless card this machine uses.
    if you could go to a terminal and issue the following commands and post the outputs here it would be helpful.
    Code:
    lshw
    lspci
    lsmod
    do them one at a time.
    Wireless script
    Dave
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    Re: Wifi Hardware no longer toggleable

    Code:
    lshw results:
    PCI (sysfs)  
    luczynskilaptop           
        description: Computer
        width: 64 bits
        capabilities: vsyscall32
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           physical id: 0
         *-memory
              description: System memory
              physical id: 0
              size: 1876MiB
         *-cpu
              product: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-52
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 1
              bus info: cpu@0
              size: 1600MHz
              capacity: 1600MHz
              width: 64 bits
              capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt rdtscp x86-64 3dnowext 3dnow rep_good nopl extd_apicid pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy cpufreq
         *-pci:0
              description: Host bridge
              product: RS690 Host Bridge
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 66MHz
              configuration: latency=64
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 resources: ioport:4000(size=4096) memory:d0400000-d05fffff ioport:c0000000(size=134217728)
               *-display
                    description: VGA compatible controller
                    product: RS690M [Radeon Xpress 1200/1250/1270]
                    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                    physical id: 5
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0
                    version: 00
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
                    configuration: driver=radeon latency=64
                    resources: irq:43 memory:c0000000-c7ffffff memory:d0400000-d040ffff ioport:4000(size=256) memory:d0500000-d05fffff
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:04.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:40 memory:d0000000-d00fffff
               *-network
                    description: Ethernet interface
                    product: NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
                    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:10:00.0
                    logical name: eth0
                    version: 02
                    serial: 00:1a:4b:88:f2:64
                    size: 1Gbit/s
                    capacity: 1Gbit/s
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
                    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.132 duplex=full firmware=sb v2.09 ip=192.168.1.12 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1Gbit/s
                    resources: irq:44 memory:d0000000-d000ffff
            *-pci:2
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 1)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:05.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:41 ioport:2000(size=8192) memory:cc000000-cfffffff
            *-pci:3
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 2)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 6
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:06.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:42 memory:c8000000-c80fffff
               *-network
                    description: Network controller
                    product: BCM4311 802.11a/b/g
                    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:30:00.0
                    version: 02
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: cap_list
                    configuration: driver=wl latency=0
                    resources: irq:0 memory:c8000000-c8003fff
            *-storage
                 description: SATA controller
                 product: SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 12
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:12.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: storage ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ahci latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 ioport:9000(size=8) ioport:9008(size=4) ioport:9010(size=8) ioport:5018(size=4) ioport:5020(size=16) memory:d0609000-d06093ff
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI0)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:23 memory:d0601000-d0601fff
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI1)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.1
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:17 memory:d0602000-d0602fff
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI2)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.2
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:17 memory:d0603000-d0603fff
            *-usb:3
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI3)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.3
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:17 memory:d0604000-d0604fff
            *-usb:4
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI4)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13.4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.4
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:17 memory:d0605000-d0605fff
            *-usb:5
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13.5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.5
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:23 memory:d0606000-d06060ff
            *-serial
                 description: SMBus
                 product: SBx00 SMBus Controller
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
                 version: 14
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: cap_list
                 configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
                 resources: irq:0 ioport:8200(size=16)
            *-ide
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: SB600 IDE
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.1
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ide bus_master
                 configuration: driver=pata_atiixp latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:5040(size=16)
            *-multimedia
                 description: Audio device
                 product: SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.2
                 version: 00
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 memory:84000000-84003fff
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.3
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-pci:4
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.4
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master vga_palette
                 resources: ioport:1000(size=4096) memory:d0100000-d03fffff memory:80000000-83ffffff
               *-pcmcia
                    description: CardBus bridge
                    product: RL5c476 II
                    vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                    physical id: 4
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:04.0
                    version: b6
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pcmcia bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=yenta_cardbus latency=176 maxlatency=5 mingnt=128
                    resources: iomemory:b00603020-b0060301f irq:20 memory:d0100000-d0100fff ioport:1000(size=256) ioport:1400(size=256) memory:80000000-83ffffff memory:88000000-8bffffff
               *-firewire
                    description: FireWire (IEEE 1394)
                    product: R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
                    vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                    physical id: 4.1
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:04.1
                    version: 02
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: ohci bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=firewire_ohci latency=64 maxlatency=4 mingnt=2
                    resources: irq:21 memory:d0101000-d01017ff
         *-pci:1
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD]
              physical id: 101
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.0
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:2
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD]
              physical id: 102
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.1
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:3
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD]
              physical id: 103
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.2
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:4
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD]
              physical id: 104
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.3
              version: 00
    
       lspci results
    
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS690 Host Bridge
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx)
    00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Device 7914
    00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 1)
    00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 2)
    00:12.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
    00:13.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 USB (OHCI0)
    00:13.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 USB (OHCI1)
    00:13.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 USB (OHCI2)
    00:13.3 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 USB (OHCI3)
    00:13.4 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 USB (OHCI4)
    00:13.5 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
    00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 14)
    00:14.1 IDE interface: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 IDE
    00:14.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS690M [Radeon Xpress 1200/1250/1270]
    02:04.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b6)
    02:04.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 02)
    10:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
    30:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g (rev 02)
    
    
        lsmod results
    Module                  Size  Used by
    btusb                  28267  0 
    bnep                   19564  2 
    rfcomm                 69070  12 
    bluetooth             371874  22 bnep,btusb,rfcomm
    joydev                 17377  0 
    lib80211_crypt_tkip    17619  0 
    hp_wmi                 14062  0 
    sparse_keymap          13948  1 hp_wmi
    ppdev                  17671  0 
    wl                   4207474  0 
    radeon               1402449  3 
    snd_hda_codec_analog    94059  1 
    snd_hda_intel          48171  2 
    snd_hda_codec         188738  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec_analog
    snd_hwdep              13602  1 snd_hda_codec
    kvm_amd                59958  0 
    snd_pcm               102033  2 snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel
    kvm                   431315  1 kvm_amd
    snd_page_alloc         18710  2 snd_pcm,snd_hda_intel
    snd_seq_midi           13324  0 
    snd_seq_midi_event     14899  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_rawmidi            30095  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                61560  2 snd_seq_midi_event,snd_seq_midi
    ttm                    83995  1 radeon
    snd_seq_device         14497  3 snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_midi
    snd_timer              29433  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    drm_kms_helper         52651  1 radeon
    tpm_infineon           17372  0 
    snd                    69141  14 snd_hwdep,snd_timer,snd_pcm,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel,snd_seq_device,snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_seq_midi
    drm                   296739  5 ttm,drm_kms_helper,radeon
    soundcore              12680  1 snd
    psmouse                97626  0 
    pcmcia                 61727  0 
    lib80211               14352  2 wl,lib80211_crypt_tkip
    yenta_socket           41019  0 
    i2c_algo_bit           13413  1 radeon
    edac_core              62312  0 
    cfg80211              479757  1 wl
    sp5100_tco             13979  0 
    pcmcia_rsrc            18407  1 yenta_socket
    serio_raw              13413  0 
    k8temp                 12978  0 
    edac_mce_amd           22617  0 
    pcmcia_core            23592  3 pcmcia,pcmcia_rsrc,yenta_socket
    i2c_piix4              22106  0 
    wmi                    19070  1 hp_wmi
    hp_accel               26012  0 
    lis3lv02d              20156  1 hp_accel
    input_polldev          13896  1 lis3lv02d
    shpchp                 37032  0 
    ohci_pci               13561  0 
    mac_hid                13205  0 
    video                  19318  0 
    tpm_tis                19123  0 
    parport_pc             32701  1 
    lp                     17759  0 
    parport                42299  3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc
    firewire_ohci          40060  0 
    firewire_core          64476  1 firewire_ohci
    pata_acpi              13038  0 
    crc_itu_t              12707  1 firewire_core
    pata_atiixp            13242  0 
    tg3                   162230  0 
    ptp                    18580  1 tg3
    pps_core               19027  1 ptp
    ahci                   25819  2 
    libahci                31898  1 ahci
    Oh, and I am capable of inserting an ethernet cable into this laptop. I just would like to have WiFi to use whillist out or something.
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    configuration: driver=k8temp
    resources: irq:0
    Last edited by howefield; July 19th, 2014 at 08:03 PM. Reason: added code tags.

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    Re: Wifi Hardware no longer toggleable

    You have the wrong driver installed for your wireless card. you have the bcmwl-kernel-source and you need the linux-firmware-nonfree

    you can install the correct one with these commands:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source
    Then
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
    Reboot and you should be good to go. Oh yes you will have to be connect via the ethernet cable.

    Good Luck
    Wireless script
    Dave
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    Re: Wifi Hardware no longer toggleable

    Ah, thanks. Thats what I assumed after being able to enable the reciever.

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    Re: Wifi Hardware no longer toggleable

    Glad it worked for you enjoy !
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