WI-FI don’t work

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    Hi! I’ve instaled antix on a old netbook (Compaq CQ10 Mini), everything works fine but i can’t get the wireless to work. It says that is soft and hard blocked, the computer has a button to turn on/off the wifi but it doesn’t work on Linux. What can i do here ?


    System information:
    inxi -Fxz

    Trying to enable wifi:
    antix-wifi-switch --gui connman

    If it still doesn’t work, check the output of:
    rfkill list wifi

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by Xecure. Reason: fix typo

    Thank you so much, its working now!

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    Thank you so much, its working now!

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    Hi whysoserious. Welcome to antiX. I agree with Rokytnji. Please share with us how you got it to work and your “inxi -Fxz”. This helps future users who may have the same or similar equipment.



    I had my wi-fi hard and soft blocked, i figured that pressing on the wifi button on my netbook, unblocked the hard lock but still remained soft blocked.
    I simply run the second command Xecure provided on the terminal (antix-wifi-switch –gui connman), asked for my password after run it and wifi was working.

    Here is the log:

    $ inxi -Fxz
      Host: whysoserious-netbook Kernel: 4.9.235-antix.1-486-smp i686 bits: 32 
      compiler: gcc v: 8.3.0 Desktop: IceWM 1.8.3 
      Distro: antiX-19.3_386-base Manolis Glezos 14 October 2020 
      base: Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster) 
      Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: Compaq Mini CQ10-100 
      v: 0493200000001C00000300000 serial: <filter> 
      Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 1468 v: KBC Version 02.10 serial: <filter> 
      BIOS: Hewlett-Packard v: 14680 Ver. F.01 date: 11/05/2009 
      ID-1: BAT1 charge: 21.7 Wh condition: 21.7/27.5 Wh (79%) 
      model: Hewlett-Packard Primary status: Full 
      Topology: Single Core model: Intel Atom N270 bits: 32 type: MT 
      arch: Bonnell rev: 2 L2 cache: 512 KiB 
      flags: nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 bogomips: 6384 
      Speed: 1333 MHz min/max: 800/1600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1333 2: 800 
      Device-1: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics 
      vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
      Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: intel 
      unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1024x600~60Hz 
      OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 v: 1.4 Mesa 18.3.6 
      direct render: Yes 
      Device-1: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio 
      vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
      Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.9.235-antix.1-486-smp 
      Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter 
      vendor: Hewlett-Packard U98Z062.12 802.11bgn driver: ath9k v: kernel 
      port: cc00 bus ID: 01:00.0 
      IF: wlan0 state: down mac: <filter> 
      Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet vendor: Hewlett-Packard 
      driver: atl1c v: port: ec80 bus ID: 02:00.0 
      IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter> 
      Local Storage: total: 37.26 GiB used: 2.63 GiB (7.1%) 
      ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST940210AS size: 37.26 GiB 
      ID-1: / size: 34.43 GiB used: 2.63 GiB (7.6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
      ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2 
      System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0 C mobo: N/A 
      Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
      Processes: 129 Uptime: 1h 22m Memory: 992.4 MiB used: 100.6 MiB (10.1%) 
      Init: SysVinit runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 8.3.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.3 
      inxi: 3.0.36 
    $ antix-wifi-switch --gui connman
    Switching to Connman
    Wi-Fi softblocked.
    Enabling WIFI with connman
    Restarting connman service just in case
    [ ok ] Restarting Connection Manager:.
    Enabling Wi-Fi...
    Commands for making a wifi connections in connmanctl
        agent on
        enable wifi
        connect wifi_<tab>
        [wait for connection to appear]
        ifconfig -s
    Enabled wifi
    resolv.conf current configuration: connman
    Stopping all wpa_supplicant processes
    Restoring sysvinit connman service
    Restarting networking service
    [....] Running /etc/init.d/networking restart is deprecated because it may not r[warnble some interfaces ... (warning).
    [ ok ] Reconfiguring network interfaces... done.
    Restarting connman service
    [ ok ] Restarting Connection Manager:.
    Adding cmst to startup
    Launching cmst
    cmst: no process found
    qt5ct: using qt5ct plugin
    qt5ct: D-Bus system tray: no
    qt.qpa.xcb: QXcbConnection: XCB error: 3 (BadWindow), sequence: 2321, resource id: 10528547, major code: 40 (TranslateCoords), minor code: 0
    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by whysoserious.

    For future reference (but this info probably won’t be needed in the next antiX version:

    -If you can’t use your Wi-fi, do exactly what Xecure advised:

    Open the terminal and paste there:

    antix-wifi-switch --gui connman

    If needed click through any windows that may pop up and enter your password.

    Don’t want to use the terminal?
    Menu > Run

    and paste the above command there, close the warning that pops up and then click “ok”.

    Probably the only cases in which this procedure won’t work will mostly be hardblocked wi-fi network cards (you have to unblock wi-fi using the button/slider/key combo needed) or devices that don’t have drivers (like some Atheros devices, I have one such wi-fi card). The odds are that, if your card works in one Linux distro, it probably will work in antiX (even if you have to manually install it’s drivers)


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