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I recently got a Satellite A665 from a buddy who was looking to get rid of his stuff. The first thing I did was try to put on Ubuntu 14.04 which went just fine as it has for me in the past. But I couldn't get wifi to work on it. It says a hardware switch was disabling it but I already hit FN+F8 to unblock it that way to no avail. I then went to terminal and typed "rfkill unblock all" but nothing changed. I then put "iwconfig" into terminal and saw I had a wlan0 interface but it didn't work. I saw an eth0, l0, and wmx0 but it said "no wireless extensions". I looked online and saw that I needed a few drivers to support my wifi card but from there in totally confused on what to do. The lshw -c netwrok output: *-network
description: Ethernet interface product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0 logical name: eth0 version: 05 serial: 1c:75:08:6f:88:17 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/rtl8168e-2.fw latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s resources: irq:40 ioport:6000(size=256) memory:d0404000-d0404fff memory:d0400000-d0403fff *-network DISABLED description: Wireless interface product: Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 [Kilmer Peak] vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:06:00.0 logical name: wlan0 version: 5f serial: 00:23:15:9e:72:98 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=3.16.0-30-generic firmware=41.28.5.1 build 33926 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abgn resources: irq:43 memory:d4600000-d4601fff *-network description: Ethernet interface physical id: 2 logical name: wmx0 serial: 64:d4:da:1a:5b:26 capabilities: ethernet physical configuration: driver=i2400m_usb firmware=i6050-fw-usb-1.5.sbcf link=no
The lsmod output: Module Size Used by rfcomm 69509 0 bnep 19624 2 bluetooth 446409 10 bnep,rfcomm 6lowpan_iphc 18702 1 bluetooth snd_hda_codec_hdmi 47548 1 snd_hda_codec_realtek 72791 1 snd_hda_codec_generic 68937 1 snd_hda_codec_realtek uvcvideo 81073 0 videobuf2_vmalloc 13216 1 uvcvideo videobuf2_memops 13362 1 videobuf2_vmalloc videobuf2_core 59104 1 uvcvideo i2400m_usb 36540 0 v4l2_common 15681 1 videobuf2_core videodev 153793 3 uvcvideo,v4l2_common,videobuf2_core i2400m 107914 1 i2400m_usb wimax 34705 1 i2400m media 21903 2 uvcvideo,videodev snd_hda_intel 30469 3 snd_hda_controller 31056 1 snd_hda_intel snd_hda_codec 139682 5 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_controller snd_hwdep 17698 1 snd_hda_codec snd_pcm 104112 4 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_controller snd_seq_midi 13564 0 snd_seq_midi_event 14899 1 snd_seq_midi arc4 12608 2 snd_rawmidi 30876 1 snd_seq_midi iwldvm 232283 0 snd_seq 63074 2 snd_seq_midi_event,snd_seq_midi intel_powerclamp 18823 0 mac80211 652718 1 iwldvm coretemp 13441 0 kvm_intel 143590 0 kvm 452043 1 kvm_intel snd_seq_device 14497 3 snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_midi snd_timer 29562 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq joydev 17393 0 serio_raw 13483 0 intel_ips 18484 0 iwlwifi 179412 1 iwldvm jmb38x_ms 18736 0 i915 905798 8 memstick 16966 1 jmb38x_ms cfg80211 494330 3 iwlwifi,mac80211,iwldvm drm_kms_helper 61574 1 i915 snd 79468 17 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hwdep,snd_timer,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_pcm,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel,snd_seq_device drm 311018 5 i915,drm_kms_helper mei_me 19696 0 toshiba_acpi 28272 0 mei 87875 1 mei_me i2c_algo_bit 13413 1 i915 lpc_ich 21093 0 shpchp 37047 0 soundcore 15047 2 snd,snd_hda_codec sparse_keymap 13948 1 toshiba_acpi wmi 19193 1 toshiba_acpi toshiba_bluetooth 12867 0 ene_ir 18449 0 rc_core 28718 1 ene_ir video 20128 1 i915 mac_hid 13227 0 parport_pc 32741 0 ppdev 17671 0 lp 17759 0 parport 42348 3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc psmouse 106561 0 ahci 34062 2 libahci 32424 1 ahci r8169 71694 0 sdhci_pci 23301 0 sdhci 43685 1 sdhci_pci mii 13934 1 r8169

  • would be nice if you added output of sudo lsmod and sudo lshw -c network – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Apr 13 '15 at 22:42
  • I added it to my original post. I am a bit new here and couldn't figure out how to post outputs in a comment. – Caleb Meeson Apr 14 '15 at 1:59
  • What is the result of rfkill list all – Jeremy31 Apr 14 '15 at 8:57
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On Toshiba A665, The hardware touch button (on top of the keyboard) to enable/disable the wireless adapter actually works. So may be you need just to press it to enable wireless.

  • I tried multiple times and nothing. Prior to ubuntu I tried to install arche and that went fine with wifi connection. Then I tried debian and it said I was missing iwlwifi-6050-5.ucode, iwlwifi-6050-4.ucode, rtl_nic/rtl81868e-2.fw drivers. So I downloaded those in a deb file and clicked the open with Ubuntu Software Center. Then that install failed. Now I'm here. – Caleb Meeson Apr 14 '15 at 4:00
  • There is a button between the speakers with a wifi icon on it that will enable wifi when it is hard blocked. Try it when the Toshiba splash screen is on the monitor when booting if it doesn't work when Ubuntu is running – Jeremy31 Apr 15 '15 at 14:41
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Toshiba A665

If this is identical to yours, the second button from the power button on the right(between F8 and display) should remove a hard block in rfkill on the wifi. I have a Toshiba laptop with a similar setup. The FN combo can only soft block the wifi

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