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First off I'd like to say that I am sort of new to Linux in general. I recently bought a new Sony Vaio laptop (model VPC-EG16FM/B) and I installed Ubuntu 11.04 on it but I am having problems enabling the wireless in Ubuntu and when I did a wired connection to look for a proprietary driver to enable the wireless Ubuntu could not find one. I googled everywhere to see if I can find a solution but I couldn't find an answer for the Sony Vaio laptop that I have. I talked to someone I knew that worked with Ubuntu/Linux about this issue and he couldn't find an answer for me so he recommended that I come here. The guy I talked to wanted me to share the results I got for both the 'lspci' and 'ifconfig -a' commands here because it might help others figure out what might be wrong.

  • Result for lspci command:

    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b4)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b4)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev b4)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM65 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 04)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 04)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150 (rev 67)
    03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 5209 (rev 01)
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Device 1083 (rev c0)
    
  • Result for ifconfig -a command:

    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
     collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
     RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
     Interrupt:44
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:28 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:28 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:2016 (2.0 KB)  TX bytes:2016 (2.0 KB)
    
    wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 40:25:c2:4d:da:84  
          BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    

Any help would be appreciated because I use Ubuntu for school and for the time being I have to hold onto my old laptop until I can get the wireless on my Sony Vaio to work.

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Nathan - please add to your question the output of sudo lshw -class network and rfkill list –  fossfreedom Sep 13 '11 at 19:59
    
Weird, because the 6150 should be working out of the box according to this. –  nickguletskii Sep 13 '11 at 20:01

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According to this you need to blacklist the acer-wmi module, first edit the blacklist file with a text editor:

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

Then add this line at the bottom:

blacklist acer_wmi

Then save the file and reboot.

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