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I was having problems connecting to the internet either by wireless or wired connection. I keep getting an icon in the systray that has a tooltip that says "unmanaged" and when I click on it I get a "Network management disabled".

I googled and found the command:

sudo dhclient eth0

Which finally enabled my network and I have net. The problem is I still get the icon with the some word "unmanaged"

Can anyone help me out? I just want to know what is happening and why did I had to go to the command line to enable my network.

I had to put the computer in sleep mode and then it wouldn't wake up, so I rebooted the machine. The network manager problems started again, this time the file mentioned by maco had the value set to true and it still wouldn't work.

Anyone know how I can make this permanently work? I did a

sudo init 0

And when I booted the machine at a later time I had the network manager enabled. Have no clue why.

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

I find this happens after a bad shutdown. Just change




in /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf

Note: In newer versions of Ubuntu, the file is at /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf

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Thanks so much!!! I edited the file, rebooted and it worked great :) Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! – AntonioCS Aug 23 '10 at 16:16
I edited the question to add that the same thing has happened again and your solution unfortunately doesn't seem to work any more. I had to switch to gnome to use the wireless connections available :( – AntonioCS Aug 24 '10 at 10:20
maco's solution now requires editing of /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf. The setting is still the same. – Kenny May 16 '12 at 2:30

You should look at the contents of the file /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state. It should look something like this:


Change any from 'false' to 'true' to re-enable networking. It may work better if you first stop NetworkManager:

sudo stop network-manager

And start it again once done.. Or reboot :)

In any case, this is frequent when a suspended systems fails to wake up. It should be fixed in Maverick.

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Thanks. I will try this :) – AntonioCS Sep 9 '10 at 12:48
+1 Massive help for me... Thx. Countless hours fiddling with network settings until I decided to hit the stack exchange. Silly me. – Russ Dec 19 '10 at 2:44

Try right-clicking the NetworkManager icon and enabling the network from that menu.

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It doesn't work. I just get a "Network management disabled" – AntonioCS Aug 24 '10 at 8:41

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