ASUS ROG Zenith II Alpha Extreme wifi firmware does not load on Fedora 33 boot

Days of research have led to one dead end after another. I have tried the iwlwifi vanilla firmware installed with F33 “dnf install iwl7260-firmware” and the dkms backport driver. I have checked the BIOS settings and searched the internet far and wide for a solution and nothing works. I read a post about the asus_wmi / eeepc_wmi blocking the wifi on some laptops, but none of the module configuration changes I have made have any effect probably because this is a desktop. I noticed the regulator-db was not being loaded at the startup. Secure boot is not enabled and I tried self-signing the kernel modules with no effect. I was sure with the 5.10 kernel I wouldn’t be having these kind of problems. I need some wisdom how to resolve this issue.

kernel

Linux 5.10.9-201.fc33.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Jan 20 16:56:23 UTC 2021 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Parameters: ro, rootflags=subvol=root, rhgb, quiet

lspci

44:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Aquantia Corp. AQC107 NBase-T/IEEE 802.3bz Ethernet Controller [AQtion] [1d6a:07b1] (rev 02)
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:8757]
Kernel driver in use: atlantic

47:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation I211 Gigabit Network Connection [8086:1539] (rev 03)
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:85f0]
Kernel driver in use: igb

48:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Wi-Fi 6 AX200 [8086:2723] (rev 1a)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:0084]
Kernel modules: iwlwifi

lsusb

Bus 016 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 015 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 014 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 013 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 012 Device 003: ID 174c:3074 ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1074 SuperSpeed hub
Bus 012 Device 007: ID 1f75:0621 Innostor Technology Corporation IS621 SATA Storage Controller
Bus 012 Device 005: ID 2109:0813 VIA Labs, Inc. VL813 Hub
Bus 012 Device 006: ID 174c:7720 ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM107x
Bus 012 Device 004: ID 05e3:0626 Genesys Logic, Inc.
Bus 012 Device 002: ID 174c:3074 ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1074 SuperSpeed hub
Bus 012 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 011 Device 010: ID 0b05:1915 ASUSTek Computer, Inc. USB Audio
Bus 011 Device 005: ID 0b05:1916 ASUSTek Computer, Inc. USB Audio
Bus 011 Device 003: ID 174c:2074 ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1074 High-Speed hub
Bus 011 Device 011: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Bus 011 Device 009: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Bus 011 Device 008: ID 2109:2813 VIA Labs, Inc. VL813 Hub
Bus 011 Device 006: ID 0764:0501 Cyber Power System, Inc. CP1500 AVR UPS
Bus 011 Device 007: ID 046d:081b Logitech, Inc. Webcam C310
Bus 011 Device 004: ID 05e3:0610 Genesys Logic, Inc. Hub
Bus 011 Device 002: ID 174c:2074 ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1074 High-Speed hub
Bus 011 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 009 Device 005: ID 8087:0029 Intel Corp. AX200 Bluetooth
Bus 009 Device 007: ID 0b05:18bb ASUSTek Computer, Inc. H115iRGBPROXT
Bus 009 Device 006: ID 0b05:18f3 ASUSTek Computer, Inc.
Bus 009 Device 004: ID 05e3:0610 Genesys Logic, Inc. Hub
Bus 009 Device 003: ID 1b1c:0c21 Corsair H115iRGBPROXT
Bus 009 Device 002: ID 2109:2813 VIA Labs, Inc. VL813 Hub
Bus 009 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 010 Device 002: ID 2109:0813 VIA Labs, Inc. VL813 Hub
Bus 010 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

rfkill

0: hci0: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

secure boot

SecureBoot disabled

lsmod

iwlwifi 344064 0
eeepc_wmi 16384 0
asus_wmi 40960 1 eeepc_wmi
sparse_keymap 16384 1 asus_wmi
wmi_bmof 16384 0
cfg80211 954368 1 iwlwifi
rfkill 28672 7 asus_wmi,bluetooth,cfg80211
video 53248 2 asus_wmi,nouveau
mxm_wmi 16384 1 nouveau
wmi 36864 4 asus_wmi,wmi_bmof,mxm_wmi,nouveau

interfaces
ifconfig

enp68s0: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
ether <MAC ‘enp68s0’ [IF1]> txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
RX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0

enp71s0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
inet 192.168.1.93 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.1.255
inet6 fe80::2069:6bb9:b968:8b34 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x20
ether <MAC ‘enp71s0’ [IF2]> txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
RX packets 112438 bytes 165541489 (157.8 MiB)
RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 27021 bytes 1902887 (1.8 MiB)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
device memory 0xb0f00000-b0f1ffff

lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING> mtu 65536
inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 255.0.0.0
inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128 scopeid 0x10
loop txqueuelen 1000 (Local Loopback)
RX packets 36 bytes 3707 (3.6 KiB)
RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 36 bytes 3707 (3.6 KiB)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0

virbr0: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
inet 192.168.122.1 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.122.255
ether <MAC ‘virbr0’ [IF3]> txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
RX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0

virbr0-nic: flags=4098<BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
ether <MAC ‘virbr0’ [IF3]> txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
RX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0

iwconfig

lo no wireless extensions.

enp68s0 no wireless extensions.

enp71s0 no wireless extensions.

virbr0 no wireless extensions.

virbr0-nic no wireless extensions.

network managers

Installed:

NetworkManager

Running:

root 1383 1 0 11:02 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/NetworkManager --no-daemon

NetworkManager.state

[main]
NetworkingEnabled=true
WirelessEnabled=true
WWANEnabled=true

NetworkManager config

[[/etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf]]
[main]
[logging]

[[/usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/20-connectivity-fedora.conf]]
[connectivity]
uri=http://fedoraproject.org/static/hotspot.txt
response=OK
interval=300

iw reg get

global
country 00: DFS-UNSET
(2402 - 2472 @ 40), (6, 20), (N/A)
(2457 - 2482 @ 20), (6, 20), (N/A), AUTO-BW, PASSIVE-SCAN
(2474 - 2494 @ 20), (6, 20), (N/A), NO-OFDM, PASSIVE-SCAN
(5170 - 5250 @ 80), (6, 20), (N/A), AUTO-BW, PASSIVE-SCAN
(5250 - 5330 @ 80), (6, 20), (0 ms), DFS, AUTO-BW, PASSIVE-SCAN
(5490 - 5730 @ 160), (6, 20), (0 ms), DFS, PASSIVE-SCAN
(5735 - 5835 @ 80), (6, 20), (N/A), PASSIVE-SCAN
(57240 - 63720 @ 2160), (N/A, 0), (N/A)

iwlist channels

lo no frequency information.

enp68s0 no frequency information.

enp71s0 no frequency information.

virbr0 no frequency information.

virbr0-nic no frequency information.

iwlist scan

lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.

enp68s0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

enp71s0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

virbr0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

virbr0-nic Interface doesn’t support scanning.

module infos

[iwlwifi]
filename: /lib/modules/5.10.9-201.fc33.x86_64/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/intel/iwlwifi/iwlwifi.ko.xz
license: GPL
author: Intel Corporation linuxwifi@intel.com
description: Intel® Wireless WiFi driver for Linux
firmware: iwlwifi-100-5.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-1000-5.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-135-6.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-105-6.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-2030-6.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-2000-6.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-5150-2.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-5000-5.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-6000g2b-6.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-6000g2a-6.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-6050-5.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-6000-6.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-7265D-29.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-7265-17.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-3168-29.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-3160-17.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-7260-17.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-8265-36.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-8000C-36.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-9260-th-b0-jf-b0-46.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-9000-pu-b0-jf-b0-46.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-ma-a0-mr-a0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-ma-a0-gf-a0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-SoSnj-a0-hr-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-SoSnj-a0-gf-a0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-SoSnj-a0-gf4-a0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-ty-a0-gf-a0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-so-a0-gf-a0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-so-a0-hr-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-so-a0-jf-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-cc-a0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-QuQnj-b0-jf-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-QuZ-a0-jf-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-QuZ-a0-hr-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-Qu-b0-jf-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-Qu-c0-hr-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-QuQnj-b0-hr-b0-59.ucode
firmware: iwlwifi-Qu-b0-hr-b0-59.ucode
depends: cfg80211
retpoline: Y
intree: Y
name: iwlwifi
vermagic: 5.10.9-201.fc33.x86_64 SMP mod_unload
sig_id: PKCS#7
signer: Fedora kernel signing key
sig_key:
sig_hashalgo: sha256
signature:
parm: debug:debug output mask (uint)
parm: swcrypto:using crypto in software (default 0 [hardware]) (int)
parm: 11n_disable:disable 11n functionality, bitmap: 1: full, 2: disable agg TX, 4: disable agg RX, 8 enable agg TX (uint)
parm: amsdu_size:amsdu size 0: 12K for multi Rx queue devices, 2K for AX210 devices, 4K for other devices 1:4K 2:8K 3:12K 4: 2K (default 0) (int)
parm: fw_restart:restart firmware in case of error (default true) (bool)
parm: nvm_file:NVM file name (charp)
parm: uapsd_disable:disable U-APSD functionality bitmap 1: BSS 2: P2P Client (default: 3) (uint)
parm: enable_ini:Enable debug INI TLV FW debug infrastructure (default: true (bool)
parm: bt_coex_active:enable wifi/bt co-exist (default: enable) (bool)
parm: led_mode:0=system default, 1=On(RF On)/Off(RF Off), 2=blinking, 3=Off (default: 0) (int)
parm: power_save:enable WiFi power management (default: disable) (bool)
parm: power_level:default power save level (range from 1 - 5, default: 1) (int)
parm: disable_11ac:Disable VHT capabilities (default: false) (bool)
parm: remove_when_gone:Remove dev from PCIe bus if it is deemed inaccessible (default: false) (bool)
parm: disable_11ax:Disable HE capabilities (default: false) (bool)

[cfg80211]
filename: /lib/modules/5.10.9-201.fc33.x86_64/kernel/net/wireless/cfg80211.ko.xz
description: wireless configuration support
license: GPL
author: Johannes Berg
depends: rfkill
retpoline: Y
intree: Y
name: cfg80211
vermagic: 5.10.9-201.fc33.x86_64 SMP mod_unload
sig_id: PKCS#7
signer: Fedora kernel signing key
sig_key:
sig_hashalgo: sha256
signature:
parm: bss_entries_limit:limit to number of scan BSS entries (per wiphy, default 1000) (int)
parm: ieee80211_regdom:IEEE 802.11 regulatory domain code (charp)
parm: cfg80211_disable_40mhz_24ghz:Disable 40MHz support in the 2.4GHz band (bool)

module parameters

[iwlwifi]
11n_disable: 0
amsdu_size: 0
bt_coex_active: Y
debug: 0
disable_11ac: N
disable_11ax: N
enable_ini: Y
fw_restart: Y
led_mode: 0
nvm_file: (null)
power_level: 0
power_save: N
remove_when_gone: N
swcrypto: 0
uapsd_disable: 3

[cfg80211]
bss_entries_limit: 1000
cfg80211_disable_40mhz_24ghz: N
ieee80211_regdom: 00

modprobe options

[/etc/modprobe.d/appletalk-blacklist.conf]
blacklist appletalk

[/etc/modprobe.d/ax25-blacklist.conf]
blacklist ax25

[/etc/modprobe.d/batman-adv-blacklist.conf]
blacklist batman-adv

[/etc/modprobe.d/firewalld-sysctls.conf]
install nf_conntrack /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install nf_conntrack $CMDLINE_OPTS && /sbin/sysctl --quiet --pattern ‘net[.]netfilter[.]nf_conntrack.*’ --system

[/etc/modprobe.d/floppy-blacklist.conf]
blacklist floppy

[/etc/modprobe.d/l2tp_eth-blacklist.conf]
blacklist l2tp_eth

[/etc/modprobe.d/l2tp_netlink-blacklist.conf]
blacklist l2tp_netlink

[/etc/modprobe.d/l2tp_ppp-blacklist.conf]
blacklist l2tp_ppp

[/etc/modprobe.d/netrom-blacklist.conf]
blacklist netrom

[/etc/modprobe.d/nvdimm-security.conf]
install libnvdimm /usr/bin/ndctl load-keys ; /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install libnvdimm $CMDLINE_OPTS

[/etc/modprobe.d/rds-blacklist.conf]
blacklist rds

[/etc/modprobe.d/rose-blacklist.conf]
blacklist rose

[/etc/modprobe.d/truescale.conf]
install ib_qib modprobe -i ib_qib $CMDLINE_OPTS && /usr/libexec/truescale-serdes.cmds start

dmesg

[ 0.345339] NET: Registered protocol family 2
[ 0.345668] tcp_listen_portaddr_hash hash table entries: 16384 (order: 6, 262144 bytes, linear)
[ 0.345690] TCP established hash table entries: 262144 (order: 9, 2097152 bytes, linear)
[ 0.345893] TCP bind hash table entries: 65536 (order: 8, 1048576 bytes, linear)
[ 0.345962] TCP: Hash tables configured (established 262144 bind 65536)
[ 0.346161] MPTCP token hash table entries: 32768 (order: 7, 786432 bytes, linear)
[ 0.346206] UDP hash table entries: 16384 (order: 7, 524288 bytes, linear)
[ 0.346246] UDP-Lite hash table entries: 16384 (order: 7, 524288 bytes, linear)
[ 0.346473] NET: Registered protocol family 1
[ 0.346476] NET: Registered protocol family 44
[ 0.688334] Initialise system trusted keyrings
[ 0.688346] Key type blacklist registered
[ 0.689696] integrity: Platform Keyring initialized
[ 0.692058] NET: Registered protocol family 38
[ 0.713781] drop_monitor: Initializing network drop monitor service
[ 0.713834] Initializing XFRM netlink socket
[ 0.713937] NET: Registered protocol family 10
[ 0.716101] Segment Routing with IPv6
[ 0.716102] RPL Segment Routing with IPv6
[ 0.716111] mip6: Mobile IPv6
[ 0.716112] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[ 0.729506] Loading compiled-in X.509 certificates
[ 0.729931] Loaded X.509 cert 'Fedora kernel signing key:
[ 0.730273] Key type ._fscrypt registered
[ 0.730274] Key type .fscrypt registered
[ 0.730274] Key type fscrypt-provisioning registered
[ 0.731785] Key type encrypted registered
[ 0.749840] misc cpu_dma_latency: hash matches
[ 0.749866] clockevents clockevent94: hash matches
[ 0.749910] pci 0000:23:00.3: hash matches
[ 0.750010] memory memory64: hash matches
[ 2.001780] MACsec IEEE 802.1AE
[ 2.510852] igb: Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Network Driver
[ 2.510853] igb: Copyright © 2007-2014 Intel Corporation.
[ 2.510889] igb 0000:47:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
[ 2.520456] atlantic 0000:44:00.0 enp68s0: renamed from eth0
[ 2.539472] igb 0000:47:00.0: added PHC on eth0
[ 2.539473] igb 0000:47:00.0: Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Network Connection
[ 2.539474] igb 0000:47:00.0: eth0: (PCIe:2.5Gb/s:Width x1) 34:97:f6:31:d8:0a
[ 2.539474] igb 0000:47:00.0: eth0: PBA No: FFFFFF-0FF
[ 2.539475] igb 0000:47:00.0: Using MSI-X interrupts. 2 rx queue(s), 2 tx queue(s)
[ 2.548332] igb 0000:47:00.0 enp71s0: renamed from eth0
[ 8.838913] thunderbolt 0000:4e:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
[ 8.936057] cfg80211: Loading compiled-in X.509 certificates for regulatory database
[ 8.936818] cfg80211: Loaded X.509 cert ‘sforshee: 00b28ddf47aef9cea7’
[ 8.941531] platform regulatory.0: Direct firmware load for regulatory.db failed with error -2
[ 8.941535] cfg80211: failed to load regulatory.db
[ 9.043037] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.22
[ 9.043088] NET: Registered protocol family 31
[ 9.043089] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[ 9.043100] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[ 9.043104] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[ 9.043110] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[ 9.049407] Intel® Wireless WiFi driver for Linux
[ 9.049505] iwlwifi 0000:48:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
[ 9.084833] iwlwifi: probe of 0000:48:00.0 failed with error -110
[ 13.984568] igb 0000:47:00.0 enp71s0: igb: enp71s0 NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: RX/TX
[ 14.092248] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): enp71s0: link becomes ready
[ 17.333208] bridge: filtering via arp/ip/ip6tables is no longer available by default. Update your scripts to load br_netfilter if you need this.
[ 17.343106] virbr0: port 1(virbr0-nic) entered blocking state
[ 17.343109] virbr0: port 1(virbr0-nic) entered disabled state
[ 17.343205] device virbr0-nic entered promiscuous mode
[ 18.284702] virbr0: port 1(virbr0-nic) entered blocking state
[ 18.284706] virbr0: port 1(virbr0-nic) entered listening state
[ 18.853630] virbr0: port 1(virbr0-nic) entered disabled state
[ 19.901924] rfkill: input handler disabled
[ 33.183827] rfkill: input handler enabled
[ 37.576041] Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
[ 37.576049] Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
[ 37.576086] Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11

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