WiFi not available on HP desktop running Linux

October 4, 2015 at 21:25:27
Specs: Linux
Desktop HP. Not picking up WiFi that every other device is picking up. Wifi adapter is working. I have reset router and modem. I have restored bios. I have used Microsoft assistant without resolution.

Ultimately everything leads me to a screen which says "use the switch on the front or side of the computer, or function keys if available, to enable wireless capability on this computer."

As stated, this is NOT a laptop. There is no wireless switch and I have selected every function key without resolution.

Any other suggestions? I am a patient person and scoured the Internet for an answer and after 5.5 hours I am done. I know this is going to be something simple. Please someone tell me what that is so I can get on with my life! Thanks!

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October 4, 2015 at 22:56:23
Is this a Linux OS? Linux distro? version?
What is the brand model of the Wireless Adapter?

Have you installed the Linux driver for this adapter?

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October 5, 2015 at 08:58:44
If your other devices are connecting, why would you think the problem is with the router or modem? And after you reset the BIOS, did you run thru all the settings & adjust them as necessary? Simply loading defaults rarely gets everything 100% correct.

You listed your operating system as Linux & then mentioned Microsoft assistant, so which is it, Linux or Windows? Has this WiFi adapter ever worked in this desktop? If it has, what changes were recently made that may have affected it? Assuming you're running Windows, did you try using System Restore & setting it to a date just prior to when the problem started?

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October 5, 2015 at 16:33:40
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Strange things "can" happen. I've just powered routers off then on to make them work again with one out of many devices. Maybe the IP recognition gets screwed - dunno.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 6, 2015 at 11:32:20
I'd be curious about the Linux distro you're using myself as I too suspect that's probably the issue you're having.

I grabbed a couple old laptops from our PC department here at work to use when labbing things out and put FreeBSD on them. In order to make them work, I had to edit the /etc/rc.conf and add the appropriate lines to associate the wireless adapter with the wlan0 interface. Then I had to create a wp_supplicant file as well. Once I had those created and properly configured, the wireless works perfectly.

I don't use Linux myself but I wouldn't be surprised if you had to do something similar to get wireless working in your distro of Linux. I doubt it would be "plug and play" as Windows.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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October 6, 2015 at 18:39:56
Not linux, my mistake in choosing the section . How could not resolve either and have to reset to factory specs. Thanks

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October 7, 2015 at 07:53:35
OK - Thanks for popping back to let us know.

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