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2: acer-wireless: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: yes -> wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down -> DISABLED Wireless Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150 [8086:0885] (rev 67) not working on Sony VAIO VPCEG16FM in Ubuntu 11.04

Asked by Hari Rawulwar on 2011-08-19

I have installed Ubuntu 11.0.4 on Windows 7.
My laptop model is Sony VAIO VPCEG16FM.
It has inbuilt wireless card : Intel Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
My wireless router is Netgear RangeMax WPN824 v3.

I',m not able to connect to Internet wirelessly.
Looks like Ubuntu is not identifying the wireless card.

Here is the complete output of following command:
sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install hwinfo grep; sudo lshw -C network; rfkill list; sudo iwlist scanning; cat /etc/network/interfaces; cat /etc/lsb-release; lspci -nn; lsusb; sudo lshw -short; uname -a; dmesg | egrep 'acx|at76|ath|b43|bcm|brcm|CX|eth|ipw|ireless|irmware|isl|lbtf|orinoco|ndiswrapper|NPE|ound|p54|prism|rtl|rt2|rt3|rt5|rt6|rt7|usb|witch|wl';sudo dmidecode|egrep 'Manufact|Product'; iwconfig; cat /etc/modprobe.d/* | egrep 'acx|at76|ath|b43|bcm|brcm|CX|eth|ipw|irmware|isl|lbtf|orinoco|ndiswrapper|NPE|p54|prism|rtl|rt2|rt3|rt6|rt7|wmi|witch|wl'; cat /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state; sudo hwinfo --netcard ; ps -aux|egrep 'icd|etwork'; sudo lsmod

OUTPUT:
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Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty InRelease

Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates InRelease

Err http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security InRelease

Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty Release.gpg
  Could not resolve 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'
Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates Release.gpg
  Could not resolve 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'
Err http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security Release.gpg
  Could not resolve 'security.ubuntu.com'
Reading package lists... Done
W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/InRelease

W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty-updates/InRelease

W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty-security/InRelease

W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/Release.gpg Could not resolve 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'

W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty-updates/Release.gpg Could not resolve 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'

W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty-security/Release.gpg Could not resolve 'security.ubuntu.com'

W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package hwinfo
  *-network DISABLED
       description: Wireless interface
       product: Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
       logical name: wlan0
       version: 67
       serial: 40:25:c2:1e:f2:44
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlagn driverversion=2.6.38-8-generic firmware=41.28.5.1 build 33926 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
       resources: irq:41 memory:d2500000-d2501fff
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: Atheros Communications
       vendor: Atheros Communications
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: c0
       serial: 78:84:3c:94:b1:d6
       capacity: 1Gbit/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion=1.0.1.0-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
       resources: irq:44 memory:d1400000-d143ffff ioport:2000(size=128)
0: sony-wifi: Wireless LAN
 Soft blocked: yes
 Hard blocked: no
1: sony-wimax: WiMAX
 Soft blocked: no
 Hard blocked: no
2: acer-wireless: Wireless LAN
 Soft blocked: yes
 Hard blocked: no
3: phy0: Wireless LAN
 Soft blocked: yes
 Hard blocked: no
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=11.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=natty
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 11.04"
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller [8086:0104] (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 [8086:1c3a] (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1c2d] (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1c20] (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1c10] (rev b4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:1c12] (rev b4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 [8086:1c16] (rev b4)
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1c26] (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation HM65 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller [8086:1c49] (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller [8086:1c03] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller [8086:1c22] (rev 04)
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150 [8086:0885] (rev 67)
03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:5209] (rev 01)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Device [1969:1083] (rev c0)
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0930:6545 Toshiba Corp. Kingston DataTraveler 102 flash drive
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 8087:07d6 Intel Corp.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04f2:b290 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
H/W path Device Class Description
=============================================================
                                   system VPCEG16FM (N/A)
/0 bus VAIO
/0/0 memory 1MiB BIOS
/0/6 memory 4GiB System Memory
/0/6/0 memory 2GiB SODIMM DDR3 1333 MHz (0.8 ns)
/0/6/1 memory 2GiB SODIMM DDR3 1333 MHz (0.8 ns)
/0/c processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz
/0/c/e memory 32KiB L1 cache
/0/c/f memory 256KiB L2 cache
/0/c/10 memory 3MiB L3 cache
/0/d memory 32KiB L1 cache
/0/100 bridge 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller
/0/100/2 display 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller
/0/100/16 communication 6 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1
/0/100/1a bus 6 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
/0/100/1b multimedia 6 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller
/0/100/1c bridge 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1
/0/100/1c/0 wlan0 network Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
/0/100/1c.1 bridge 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2
/0/100/1c.1/0 scsi6 generic Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
/0/100/1c.1/0/0.0.0 /dev/sdb disk SCSI Disk
/0/100/1c.1/0/0.0.1 /dev/sdc disk MemoryStick
/0/100/1c.1/0/0.0.1/0 /dev/sdc disk
/0/100/1c.3 bridge 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4
/0/100/1c.3/0 eth0 network Atheros Communications
/0/100/1d bus 6 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
/0/100/1f bridge HM65 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller
/0/100/1f.2 scsi0 storage 6 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller
/0/100/1f.2/0 /dev/sda disk 640GB WDC WD6400BPVT-5
/0/100/1f.2/0/1 /dev/sda1 volume 10GiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/100/1f.2/0/2 /dev/sda2 volume 100MiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/100/1f.2/0/3 /dev/sda3 volume 554GiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/100/1f.2/0/4 /dev/sda4 volume 31GiB Extended partition
/0/100/1f.2/0/4/5 /dev/sda5 volume 30GiB W95 FAT32 partition
/0/100/1f.2/1 /dev/cdrom disk BD-ROM BDC-TD03
/0/100/1f.3 bus 6 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller
/0/1 scsi7 storage
/0/1/0.0.0 /dev/sdd disk 4007MB SCSI Disk
/0/1/0.0.0/1 /dev/sdd1 volume 3818MiB Windows FAT volume
Linux ubuntu 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:24 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[ 0.000000] No AGP bridge found
[ 0.000000] found SMP MP-table at [ffff8800000fe1b0] fe1b0
[ 0.000000] No NUMA configuration found
[ 0.000000] No AGP bridge found
[ 0.897698] [Firmware Bug]: ACPI: BIOS _OSI(Linux) query ignored
[ 1.097586] ACPI: No dock devices found.
[ 1.097588] HEST: Table not found.
[ 1.108069] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
[ 1.108077] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
[ 1.108100] usbcore: registered new device driver usb
[ 1.110476] Switching to clocksource hpet
[ 1.116457] pnp: PnP ACPI: found 5 devices
[ 1.117372] Switched to NOHz mode on CPU #0
[ 1.117427] Switched to NOHz mode on CPU #2
[ 1.117441] Switched to NOHz mode on CPU #3
[ 1.117486] Switched to NOHz mode on CPU #1
[ 1.160645] platform rtc_cmos: registered platform RTC device (no PNP device found)
[ 1.250702] input: Lid Switch as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/device:00/PNP0C0D:00/input/input0
[ 1.410352] ACPI: Lid Switch [LID0]
[ 1.412781] ERST: Table is not found!
[ 1.424586] i2c-core: driver [adp5520] using legacy suspend method
[ 1.424587] i2c-core: driver [adp5520] using legacy resume method
[ 1.450510] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 1.470482] hub 2-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 1.472885] device-mapper: multipath: version 1.2.0 loaded
[ 1.472887] device-mapper: multipath round-robin: version 1.0.0 loaded
[ 1.474922] BIOS EDD facility v0.16 2004-Jun-25, 0 devices found
[ 1.770285] usb 1-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
[ 1.920832] hub 1-1:1.0: USB hub found
[ 2.040169] usb 2-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
[ 2.159996] Switching to clocksource tsc
[ 2.190567] hub 2-1:1.0: USB hub found
[ 2.270215] usb 1-1.2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
[ 2.490090] usb 1-1.5: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4
[ 5.809642] lp: driver loaded but no devices found
[ 5.990498] uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device Sony Visual Communication Camera (04f2:b290)
[ 6.002752] input: Sony Visual Communication Camer as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.0/input/input6
[ 6.002864] usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
[ 6.035786] iwlagn: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link AGN driver for Linux, in-tree:
[ 6.035789] iwlagn: Copyright(c) 2003-2010 Intel Corporation
[ 6.035844] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
[ 6.035852] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[ 6.035886] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: Detected Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150 BGN, REV=0x84
[ 6.046237] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: device EEPROM VER=0x557, CALIB=0x6
[ 6.046240] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: Device SKU: 0X9
[ 6.046242] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: Valid Tx ant: 0X1, Valid Rx ant: 0X3
[ 6.046261] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: Tunable channels: 13 802.11bg, 0 802.11a channels
[ 6.046354] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: irq 41 for MSI/MSI-X
[ 6.131953] iwlagn 0000:02:00.0: loaded firmware version 41.28.5.1 build 33926
[ 6.137985] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'iwl-agn-rs'
[ 6.332976] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 170x48
[ 15.963600] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
[ 100.469790] usb 2-1.3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
[ 100.651262] usbcore: registered new interface driver uas
[ 100.662663] scsi7 : usb-storage 2-1.3:1.0
[ 100.662762] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
 Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
 Product Name: VPCEG16FM
 Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
 Product Name: VAIO
 Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
 Manufacturer: Samsung
 Manufacturer: Samsung
 Manufacturer: Intel(R) Corporation
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
          Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
          Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off

install snd-rawmidi /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-rawmidi $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq-midi ; : ; }
# which ath5k cannot recover. To prevent this condition, stop
blacklist ath_pci
blacklist eth1394
# replaced by p54pci
blacklist prism54
# replaced by b43 and ssb.
blacklist bcm43xx
blacklist uart6850
blacklist twl4030_wdt

[main]
NetworkingEnabled=true
WirelessEnabled=true
WWANEnabled=true
sudo: hwinfo: command not found
Warning: bad ps syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See http://procps.sf.net/faq.html
root 950 0.0 0.1 160640 5000 ? Ssl 20:28 0:00 NetworkManager
oracle 1842 0.0 0.0 13128 1044 pts/0 S+ 20:33 0:00 egrep --color=auto icd|etwork
Module Size Used by
usb_storage 53538 1
uas 17996 0
parport_pc 36959 0
ppdev 17113 0
binfmt_misc 17565 1
snd_hda_codec_hdmi 28103 1
snd_hda_codec_conexant 57511 1
joydev 17606 0
arc4 12529 2
snd_hda_intel 33211 2
snd_hda_codec 103804 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13604 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm 96625 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_seq_midi 13324 0
i915 514985 3
snd_rawmidi 30486 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 14899 1 snd_seq_midi
iwlagn 333500 0
snd_seq 61621 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
acer_wmi 23771 0
sparse_keymap 13898 1 acer_wmi
iwlcore 167503 1 iwlagn
snd_timer 29602 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 14462 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
uvcvideo 72195 0
drm_kms_helper 42136 1 i915
drm 227495 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
mac80211 294370 2 iwlagn,iwlcore
psmouse 73535 0
i2c_algo_bit 13400 1 i915
videodev 82052 1 uvcvideo
v4l2_compat_ioctl32 17078 1 videodev
sony_laptop 39880 0
snd 67382 14 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
serio_raw 13166 0
rts_pstor 440614 0
cfg80211 178528 3 iwlagn,iwlcore,mac80211
soundcore 12680 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 18529 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
video 19438 1 i915
lp 17825 0
parport 46458 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
nls_iso8859_1 12713 2
nls_cp437 16991 2
vfat 21708 2
fat 61374 1 vfat
ahci 25951 1
atl1c 41171 0
libahci 26642 1 ahci

Question information

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Status:
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For:
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Solved by:
Mark Rijckenberg
Solved:
2011-08-20
Last query:
2011-08-20
Last reply:
2011-08-19
Hari Rawulwar (hari-rawulwar) said : #1

Here is the additional info:

lspci | grep Network

02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150 (rev 67)

iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
          Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
          Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off

Please read the last remark from Ultraman at the following location:

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=924554

Ultraman solved it by blacklisting the acer_wmi module, which your computer has loaded into memory.

Please copy-paste the following command into the Terminal and then press <ENTER>:

gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Using the gedit editor, please ADD the following configuration line into the file:

blacklist acer_wmi

Using the gedit editor, SAVE the change to the

/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf file.

Then REBOOT and retest wireless.

This should force the Linux kernel to stop loading the acer_wmi module, which is probably causing the kernel to soft block your wireless card via the INVALID "acer-wireless: Wireless LAN" interface.

acer-wireless is for ACER computers, not for Sony or Lenovo machines....

To prove that I am not simply dreaming, please take a look at the following page: :-)

http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/laptop/457107-lenovo-b560.html

Read the remarks from forumuser Bilincaltix....

Hari Rawulwar (hari-rawulwar) said : #3

Thanks Mark.
This worked like charm.
After blacklisting acer_wmi module and rebooting, the message popped up that wireless connections are available.
I just had to select my wireless and connection was established.
Thanks again.
This solved my problem.

Regards
Hari

You're welcome. :-)