Wi-Fi sometimes does not start but does after a reboot

Hello folks

Sometimes (maybe every 5th or so boot) my Wi-Fi is missing. I dont have it as a task icon and also not in my settings. Normally I thought its because of an update so I rolled back with timeshift. Today it happened again, but I remembered that there was no update. So I just restarted and it was back again.

Now I thought what commands could I initiate the next time this will happen to do something to fix the issue. The system is as much up to date as it gets. Not sure which information may help in this case so some commands are greatly appreciated to find a fix.

I have searched the forums and found some threads concerning this problem but with specific commands to the hardware of the users. So Im not sure if those will help in this case.

You can use:

sudo systemctl restart NetworkManager

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Sadly the command didn't do anything.

It should immediately start the network manager service.
Did the terminal print any output upon running the command?

No, nothing.

Can you please post the terminal output for

sudo lshw- C network

  *-network                 
       description: Wireless interface
       product: Tiger Lake PCH CNVi WiFi
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 14.3
       bus info: pci@0000:00:14.3
       logical name: wlp0s20f3
       version: 11
       serial: f4:4e:e3:c2:a8:b7
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=6.5.0-25-generic firmware=77.2df8986f.0 QuZ-a0-hr-b0-77.u ip=192.168.178.21 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
       resources: iomemory:400-3ff irq:16 memory:4012114000-4012117fff
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       logical name: enp3s0
       version: 21
       serial: 98:ee:cb:e6:2f:fa
       capacity: 1Gbit/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=6.5.0-25-generic firmware=rtl8168h-2_0.0.2 02/26/15 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
       resources: irq:18 ioport:3000(size=256) memory:a1104000-a1104fff memory:a1100000-a1103fff

Edit: Or did you mean using the command when the wi-fi is missing?

This is a well supported card and driver. If not a configuration error; I would think hardware failure.

Then I dont understand how this is only a problem to zorin but not to my win10 system (via dual boot)..

I agree with you; it is too easy to assume hardware failure to stop having to troubleshoot a driver issue.

That being said, hardware failures can be noticeable and manifest on GnuLinux distros before they do on Windows. There are a lot of reasons why that I won't detail here.

In the meantime, try updating your linux-firmware to see if that resolves the issue (and shows it was not hardware after-all.:wink: )

Already up to date! Will see if the issue resolves without intervention. Its not really a problem, just an annoyance :wink: