• Wi-FI Hardware Disabled


    Hi all,
    First post here, hopefully this is the correct sub forum.
    Dell Inspiron N5110, Gnome 3.18.1.
    Thanks for the great, distro I have run it for several months with no issue until Gnome failed to start after login - nothing happened after entering my password and hitting return. I tried to fix this from a virtual console but my knowledge is short and decided a fresh install would be easier.
    So herein lies the issue… I have no Wi-FI, just the message Wi-FI Hardware Disabled. I have the correct drivers I think, I’m puzzled as prior to this Wi-FI just worked. If I recall correctly Cinchi recognized my Wi-FI.
    I have seen similar threads but still haven’t managed to fix this.
    Any help greatly appreciated.

    EDIT: Added output of lspci -k and iwconfig

     [[email protected] ~]$ lspci -k
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: i915
    	Kernel modules: i915
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: mei_me
    	Kernel modules: mei_me
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
    	Kernel modules: ehci_pci
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
    	Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b5)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev b5)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev b5)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.7 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 8 (rev b5)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
    	Kernel modules: ehci_pci
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM67 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: lpc_ich
    	Kernel modules: lpc_ich
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: ahci
    	Kernel modules: ahci
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel modules: i2c_i801
    05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: r8169
    	Kernel modules: r8169
    09:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1030 [Rainbow Peak] (rev 34)
    	Subsystem: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1030 BGN
    	Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi
    	Kernel modules: iwlwifi, wl
    0b:00.0 USB controller: Texas Instruments TUSB73x0 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 xHCI Host Controller (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 04b0
    	Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
    	Kernel modules: xhci_pci
    
    iwconfig
    enp5s0    no wireless extensions.
    
    wlp9s0    IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=off   
              Retry short limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    tun0      no wireless extensions.
    
  • @snaggle A very stupid suggestion. Could you have occasionaly, not intentionally hit the enable/disable key combination, or the multimedia button with the same function?

    On Dell XPS here the key combination to enable/disable Wi-Fi is Fn+F2. And there’s the same button on the multimedia buttons bar on the top of the keyboard.

    It happened to me a couple of times in the past to hit that buttton, without noting it, and to remain without Wi-Fi, apparently by some obscure and mysterious reason.

  • Hi and thanks for the response.
    No not a stupid question at all. I checked the Wireless key F2 however I didn’t realize It worked in conjunction with Fn.
    So thank you,!! that was my problem, I must of hit it whilst switching to a virtual console on the previous install.

  • How do I edit the title to mark this topic solved.

  • @snaggle Look for three buttons in the bottom right corner:

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    Click Topic Tools, then Mark as Solved.

  • Hey :smile:
    Thanks again

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