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Why has my wifi stopped working in Fedora 16?

asked 2011-12-31 11:06:55 -0500

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updated 2012-01-01 15:06:41 -0500

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I installed F16 on an HP G62-225DX and the wifi was working fine. The wireless key got pressed turning off wifi and now I cannot get it to come back on. I rebooted and it remains orange (instead of blue when it is active). It is a dual boot and works fine in Windows 7. It also works fine if I boot a F16 live disk and run it from a USB stick. I installed rfkill and there does not appear to be any hardware or software blocks. I do not believe it is a conflict with hp-wmi (I tried rmmod hp-wmi). I ran tail on /var/log/messages and noticed that NetworkManager would prompt that the wireless was enabled or disabled (when toggling the wireless key) so there seems to be some recognition that the wireless is there but the blue light never comes on. wlan0 does not seem to be a known interface and restarting networking with something like: sudo /etc/init.d/network restart did not help. Because it is working from the usb stick, I'm sure it is just a matter of fixing up some configuration file somewhere that at boot is telling it to not even look for or try to use the wireless. Any suggestions as to what I might try next or where to look? Peace - Anthony

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answered 2011-12-31 13:23:56 -0500

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What's your wireless device ?

$iwlist scanning ?

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answered 2012-01-01 15:05:42 -0500

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Boot to windows, switch on wifi, reboot to Fedora, should work. Happened with me a while back. Dunno why this happens though.

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