I have exactly this problem. I retype some of it in case link goes offline. I have notebook lenovo E540. I think I'm using 14.04.1 LTS (didn't check) and kernel 3.13.0-35. My wifi stoped working after few minutes and I could not get it going. So I googled for the solution. I found this:

From there I tried the solution in #29

I have tried the following on several kernels (under 12.04 and 14.04) and so far it has worked well :sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential git
# needed only if you don't have yet that package
git clone http://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723be
# needed only if you don't have yet downloaded rtl8723be
cd rtl8723be
git checkout 604aa9058fb9e5bb1cf571c99989d081f8fc8b9
make clean
sudo make install
sudo modprobe rtl8723be
echo "options rtl8723be fwlps=0" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8723be.conf

But it broke my system. I get kernel panic because of rtl8723be driver. I try to load to recovery mode -> root shell and run:

modprobe -r rtl8723be

No output. Didn't help. How do I remove that driver from system? I would like to avoid reinstalling whole system.

  • what about blacklist it in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist?
    – AlexGreg
    Aug 29 '14 at 12:21
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    Thanks a lot! That works. I had to overcome read-only filesystem in recovery root shell, then added line blacklist rtl8723be into blacklist.conf file. Thanks again! (PS: why didn't you post it as answer? )
    – Lucas03
    Aug 29 '14 at 19:37
  • Sorry for my stupid question I just noticed its written in comment 30. :(
    – Lucas03
    Aug 29 '14 at 19:48

I found this solution, and worked perfectly on a Lenovo g40-30 so i guess it should work in other lenovo pc...


for one time test:

sudo rmmod ideapad_laptop

for working after reboot:

echo "blacklist ideapad_laptop" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-ideapad.conf

found it in: Wifi Not Working On Ubuntu 14.04 Lenovo G 50-30

but I don't know if you'll have to unistall the module you installed. Try it, or try to update your kernel, then the solution I found.

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