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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2018, 10:03:21 pm »
Still hardblocked :(

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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2018, 10:08:29 pm »
What happens if you run:
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then
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now what's the output from
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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2018, 10:10:59 pm »
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: yes
1: hci0: Bluetooth
   Soft blocked: yes
   Hard blocked: no

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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2018, 10:19:18 pm »
Damn .. have you tried a BIOS reset ?
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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2018, 10:26:46 pm »
Yep, I did that (I think - it was something like 'restore default settings' or something)

I tried other linux distros too and the problem was the same there (eg Ubuntu) but it worked fine in Fedora previously. Wondering if I need to reinstall Fedora or buy a dongle instead...

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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2018, 10:32:31 pm »
My guess would be that it'll be the same in Fedora now too

For some reason I **think** the motherboard is disabling the hardware and ignoring the switch/key combo .. usually the "removing the battery trick" works, but obviously that's going to be a problem here.

Is there an option to disable wireless in the BIOS .. if so, disable it .. boot once .. reboot .. re-enable wireless .. and boot.

Maybe that will unstick it.

Something else .. have you tried the key combo a few times because sometimes it just disables bluetooth on the first click, then disables wireless, then re-enables bluetooth, then re-enables wireless .. if you get my drift
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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2018, 10:41:27 pm »
I couldn't find anything in the BIOS that would disable wifi.

I tried the key combo a few times too but that didn't seem to do anything.

Worst case I can take it to bits tomorrow and remove the battery and see if that makes any difference.

Thanks for looking into this so deeply - it's a Herculean effort!

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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2018, 10:43:02 pm »
Maybe simply running the battery flat will do it .. just a thought.
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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2018, 10:44:37 pm »
Ah, I'll try that before taking it apart...


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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2018, 10:45:43 pm »
Maybe also try a Fedora LiveDVD/LiveUSB .. just to check.
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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2018, 10:47:00 pm »
Good idea.

I'll try both those things and update later...

Thanks again.

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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #26 on: November 02, 2018, 10:48:20 pm »
If it works in a Fedora Live session .. check which kernel they're running, maybe we can duplicate that in Mint.
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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2018, 08:37:03 am »
Still no luck.

I ran the battery down to zero overnight, pressed power button etc but still blocked.

I also booted Fedora 29 from a USB and its blocked there too...

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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2018, 10:16:41 am »
On my Novatech the Fn/F12 keys are the wireless control, if that helps ??
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Re: Can't enable wifi on Novatech laptop after new mint 19 install
« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2018, 12:40:48 pm »
Hi Don,

Thanks - tried that but still no luck.

Don't know if it's related or not, but when i shut down, it just hangs at the mint logo and I need to switch off manually. Restart works fine though.


 


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