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Mint 16

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Mint 16

The other day I installed Linux Mint 16 with Cinnamon (previously 14) on a laptop and I'm having issues with installing and running WiFi.
I'm still on the second rung of the Linux learning ladder and successfully set up WiFi on v14.
Persistence needed.

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VileReynard
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Re: Mint 16

It should (hopefully) just ask you to choose a SSiD and enter a password, after you have logged in.
This can be memorised so you have to do nothing in future logins.
For more information, use the inxi command - you may have to install this with
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sudo apt-get install inxi
and enter your user password when prompted.
Then enter
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inxi -n
Here is a sample (two cards one wired, one wifi) -
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jeremy@hector:~$ inxi -n
Network:  Card-1: NVIDIA CK804 Ethernet Controller driver: forcedeth
          IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:18:f3:67:7d:7c
          Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212/AR5213 Wireless Network Adapter
          IF: N/A state: N/A mac: N/A

Finally, you can use a string like Atheros AR5212/AR5213 to do a Google search.

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Re: Mint 16

If you had wifi working then the fix should be easy.
First make sure you haven't inadvertently switched it off (there maybe a small switch on the front side of the l/t to enable it)
Then open the network icon and tell us if it sees the wifi device.
Then VFD's info will come in useful.
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Re: Mint 16

What I would try first is connect the computer using an ethernet cable, and download and install all the latest updates.
Then reboot, and see whether WiFi miraculously starts.
I don't know about Mint, but other Linux distro's often have a search for "Additional Drivers" which might reveal something.
You might as well do this at the same time as being connected with the ethernet cable.
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Re: Mint 16

Quote from: purleigh
What I would try first is connect the computer using an ethernet cable, and download and install all the latest updates.
Then reboot, and see whether WiFi miraculously starts.

Tried this and rebooted without ethernet connected and it worked.
It seems that Linux sees an ethernet connection and decides that WiFi isn't required so makes it unavailable.
However if I plug in ethernet I still can see and configure WiFi Undecided

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Re: Mint 16

What you don't really want is both wired and wireless providing the same link (normally, that is Roll eyes ), but the faster of the two (presumed to be wired Roll eyes ). However, if you do need both operating on different (isolated) nets/subnets it allows you to do that.
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