With the two newer Fedora kernels in Fedora 31, I am unable to connect to wireless. I’ve tried to provide a decent amount of information below, and attached. What could I try next to either provide more info or potentially resolve this? Is this worthy of a bug report, or is something perhaps out-of-sync on my system?
My laptop has the Intel 3168 wireless chip which was affected by a kernel bug (link 1, below). I believe this was resolved around the 5.5.7 fedora kernel release (rhbz# 1800335). However, I’m still encountering issues with the newer kernel.
System: Motile M141 Laptop, Wifi: Intel 3168NGW [Stone Peak]
On kernel 5.5.8-200.fc31.x86_64 (I previously had the 5.5.7 kernel which also exhibited this behavior):
As soon as the computer starts, the airplane icon flickers on and off quickly and continues flickering and never connects to wireless. If i turn on airplane mode via keyboard combo then turn off, sometimes it goes back to flickering, sometimes it just shows an ‘empty’ wifi option in the gnome top-right menu (also empty. When I get the empty wifi option, I click on it and choose ‘Select Network’, then I get the Wifi networks / select a network popup, but no networks are shown.
Working State / Secondary Problem
With kernel 5.4.20-200.fc31.x86_64, wi-fi works fine but I do get an error message which I wonder if it might be related:
wifi works fine, connects automatically on boot-up
‘Software updates failed’ notification on start-up. After clicking, loads an info box titled ‘Failed To Update’ saying:
Detailed errors from the package manager follow:
Error calling StartServiceByName for org.freedesktop.fwupd: Timeout was reached
the usual workflow doesn’t generate a problem report notification, but at one point I did something that caused a problem report that I think is related. should i submit the problem report from the problem reporting tool?
I’m using the default fedora software update to update. I had previously updated to kernel 5.5.5 and 5.5.7, but removed those packages as wi-fi wasn’t working in them either. I used a command like
sudo dnf remove kernel\* 5.5.5-200.fc31\* each time.
(1) kernel bug for 3168:
Also noticed this thread, but didn’t seem to be quite the same: