What is going on with Linux Mint 11 WiFi? I have Linux Mint 11 installed on an IBM Thinkpad T42. The OS installed just fine and ran very well. I installed several hundred updates after install (333, IIRC) and now my laptop will not see any wireless networks unless I "turn off" the wifi adapter.
The laptop's wifi indicator is "off", but networks still show up in the available networks list. If I turn the wifi "on" all the available networkls disappear.
Is this fixable? If not is there a distro available that does not suffer from this apparent bug?
edit: Reinstalling to verify this is a bug.
If the WiFi switch setting is maintained in the BIOS, then this might be a problem with the BIOS interface.
I have Mint 11 on an older laptop, where the WiFi switch is a mechanical switch on the side of the computer. Linux completely ignores that switch, though the switch did work in Windows (but I no longer have Windows on that box).
AT&T Uverse; Zyxel NBG334W router (behind the 2wire gateway); openSuSE 12.2; firefox 17.0
Well, the OS behaves the same way after a very fast reinstall. Perhaps this is less a bug and more a "hardware designed for Windows" issue.
reply to samk
Pretty common, even on Mint 13/14. I had the same thing. The problem is that Ubuntu takes a button push as hard-core physical lock. It seemed if you happened to roll the right combination of numbers, you're wifi was locked out. Take a look at this answer on the Ubuntu forums:
That's "MISTER" Kafir to you.