I'm running 12.04 on my MacBook Pro 5,5, and my Wi-Fi is working fine, but I'm having problems getting it to scan automatically at startup time.

On first login I get a notification that I'm disconnected, and no networks are listed in the Network Manager tray widget, even though Enable Wireless is ticked.

If I go to the terminal and do a manual scan, Network Manager kicks in after a second or two, populates the list and connects automatically to a saved network if available.

$ sudo iwlist wlan0 s

I've run the following commands immediately after startup for diagnosing the situation

$ iwconfig
$ sudo lshw -C network
$ sudo lspci -nn | grep 0280

(output here)

I'm not an expert, but as far as I can tell the driver is loaded and everything is working, but Network Manager just doesn't start a scan without a kick in the behind. I've spent a lot of time searching around, but I can't seem to find anyone with the same issue. Anyone know how I can resolve this? Thanks in advance.


As I suspected, this was probably a problem with Network Manager, and not driver related. I installed Wicd as a workaround and removed Network Manager, and now everything is working perfectly.

If I try to reinstall Network Manager and remove wicd again, I will post the results here, in case the problem was a corrupt config file or something similar.


From ubuntuforums, this is related to a bug on Network-Manager, valid workaround in here:

Change the last part in /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/55NetworkManager


  sleep 2 && iwlist eth1 scanning &

This will force a network rescan on every resume.

Kudos to mu3en from https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager/+bug/274405/comments/74


Open your terminal and type as

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi.conf

It will open a text editor and then

paste these lines

options iwlwifi bt_coex_active=0
options iwlwifi 11n_disable=1

Then restart your system to apply the changes. From now on wards even you have suspended your system , after wake up it will again reconnect.

Credit: Ubuntuforums

Note: make sure that you dont have too many saved connections.

  • Thank you for the answer, but unfortunately this had no effect. – Henrik Sep 6 '13 at 22:26
  • look at the Forums link in my answer. its a years research thread. – rɑːdʒɑ Sep 7 '13 at 0:12
  • I'm sorry, but this was a dead end. – Henrik Sep 7 '13 at 6:56

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