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Ubuntu Networking :: Can't Enable Wireless - Grayed Out And Won't Connect


my wireless just stopped working. the network manager in my panel no longer allows me to enable wireless. the option to enable wireless is there, but it is grayed out and will not let me connect. i reinstalled my wifi driver but it didnt change anything. iwconfig shows that the card is working why is the network manager not?


View 7 Replies (Posted: January 17th, 2010)

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