Linux WiFi on HP Pavillion AIO

I bought a HP24 B110D all-in-one desktop PC from HP. I decided to run Ubuntu MATE LTS 16.04 on it. It’s a pretty nice machine and nearly everything works right out of the box, with Linux. Unfortunately, one thing that randomly failed regularly, was the WiFi connection. The kernel module would crash rather spectacularly.

After some investigation, I attempted various fixes that didn’t work. I tried to turn of 802.11n, which resulted in the WiFi connection running a little longer before it crashed spectacularly. I also tried to install the latest firmware for the driver from Intel, which didn’t have any discernible affect on the system.

In the end, the actual fix needed was to disable the HP WMI driver. So, all I had to do was to add in the appropriate blacklist to modprobe.

blacklist hp-wmi

That did the trick and now my desktop works like a charm.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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