I'm using ubuntu 11.10 for a couple of months.

but Today after restart my laptop I can't get wireless on. I tried to install windows wireless drivers but it didn't work too.

and It's not off by rfkill too.

# rfkill list all
0: hci0: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
1: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
2: dell-bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

when I tried

# ifconfig wlan0 up
wlan0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
# lshw -C network  *-network
description: Ethernet interface product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0 logical name: eth0 version: 05 serial: 78:2b:cb:e6:7a:ca size: 10Mbit/s capacity: 100Mbit/s width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half firmware=rtl_nic/rtl8105e-1.fw latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s resources: irq:46 ioport:d000(size=256) memory:f3204000-f3204fff memory:f3200000-f3203fff *-network UNCLAIMED description: Network controller product: Centrino Wireless-N 1030 vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0 version: 34 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress cap_list configuration: latency=0 resources: memory:f7a00000-f7a01fff *-network description: Ethernet interface physical id: 2 logical name: eth2 serial: 00:1f:1f:96:af:41 capabilities: ethernet physical configuration: broadcast=yes driver=cdc_ether driverversion=22-Aug-2005 firmware=CDC Ethernet Device ip= link=yes multicast=yes

Now where is the problem and How should I solve it?


3 Answers 3


This might help you. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-oneiric-generic
sudo reboot
  • For Ubuntu precise this would be installing linux-backports-modules-cw-x.y-precise-generic (where x.y is e.g. 3.6) to get backported wireless modules for the regular Ubuntu kernel.
    – gertvdijk
    Dec 31, 2012 at 0:42

I'm a simple man using Ubuntu simply so I can only give you a simple answer, but have you tried looking whether you are killing your radio frequency via a Wi-Fi switch or button somewhere on your PC?


If you are running a dual boot with windows, it might be windows using the wifi card even though you have booted into linux. If you go into the power options in your windows, go to advanced options and find where the option to 'set what the power button does', disable the 'fast start' and reboot into linux. If the 'fast start' is enabled in your windows, windows keeps control of your wifi card. This may or may not be what is happening in your situation, but this had fixed my situation.

  • 1
    This is demonstrably false. Windows can only use hardware when Windows is booted. When Ubuntu (or any other operating system) is booted on bare metal, only that OS has access to the hardware.
    – user1091774
    Feb 9, 2021 at 5:10
  • This may be a correct solution with Win 10.
    – Pilot6
    Feb 9, 2021 at 11:56

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