On Lubuntu 14.04, No Wireless on 2 machines that wireless worked on 13.10

Aere Greenway Aere at Dvorak-Keyboards.com
Thu May 8 17:13:17 UTC 2014


I just ran the live CD on my primary system, and saw that when it 
finishes initializing, there is no network applet in the task-bar, even 
though there was a working ethernet cable connection.  The lack of that 
applet is probably what causes the problem.

I think my problem, was that instead of selecting (from the task-bar 
menu) "Preferences", and "Network Connections" (which does have 
something for configuring a wireless network), I selected "System Tools" 
and "Network", which yields a dialog that does not appear to be useful 
in any way for configuring a wireless network.

I will try selecting "Preferences", and "Network Connections" on my HP 
Mini, and see if that lets me configure a wireless network, and then 
report back.

For my software application (my main focus), I will not recommend that 
my users use a command-line interface, unless there is absolutely no 
other way of doing it.  If that is the only way of using Lubuntu, I will 
not recommend that they use Lubuntu (though they are free to use it on 
their own).

- Aere

On 05/08/2014 10:49 AM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
> 2014-05-08 18:31, Aere Greenway skrev:
>> On 05/08/2014 03:47 AM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
>>> When you started nm-applet (and it wouldn't work), did you run it with
>>> or without gksudo? Try with gksudo, if it you didn't.
>> Nio:
>> I would tell you precisely, but I can only reproduce the problem by
>> running the live CD or live USB, and on those (test) systems, I don't
>> have access to my e-mail when I do that.
>> I did not use a command-line interface to access it (I avoid that if at
>> all possible).
>> I right-clicked on the panel (in an area without any icon, and chose
>> "Add/Remove Panel Items" from the pop-up menu.
>> I then clicked the "Add" button of the "Panel Preferences" window that
>> appeared (with the "Panel Applets" tab selected).  I don't normally have
>> to do this, because the network (or wireless) icon is already in the
>> panel when the live CD (or USB) finishes booting.
>> I then selected "Manage Networks" from the list of available plugins,
>> and clicked the "Add" button.
>> I then selected "Network Status Monitor" from the list of available
>> plugins, and clicked the "Add" button.
>> Then I fumbled around with those additional applets, right or left
>> clicking on them, and in one combination, I actually got a list of
>> wireless networks, of which I selected my network, and tried to connect
>> to it (by clicking on it?).
>> A simple dialog appeared, asking me to enter the "Encryption key" in a
>> text box, which I carefully typed in (because I can't see what I'm
>> typing), and hit the enter-key (or clicked the button to process the
>> information).
>> Nothing appeared to happen.  There was no error message, but the network
>> did not connect, and the icon didn't change in any way indicating it was
>> trying to connect.
>> With that not working, I specified "System Tools" (or maybe it was
>> "Preferences") from the task-bar menu, and then selected "Network
>> Connections" (or something like that).
>> That yielded a simple dialog with 3 tabs, and nothing like what I've
>> used in the past to configure a wireless network.  In that simple
>> dialog, I did not discover anything that would let me configure a
>> wireless network.
> Hi again Aere,
> It works for me with
> gksudo nm-applet &
> from a terminal window in Lubuntu 14.04 LTS. This is 'a tweak' included
> in the OBI tarball described here
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2172971&p=13016768#post13016768
> Best regards
> Nio


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