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Linux Mint WiFi not working

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Hi Experts,

I have been given a Sony Vaio with Linux Mint installed and I can not get the WiFi to work. When I click the connection icon in the bottom right I am given the option to turn the Wireless on but when I do it goes back to off. I have been informed by the previous owner that the WiFi has worked in the past.
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Many PC's that come with WLAN also have a button, switch or key combination used to toggle the WLAN, Blutooth etc on and of. Make sure you have used that to toggle it on.

Some manufacturers of wireless adapters don't provide enough info on them for the community to be able to build OpenSource drivers. For those often the windoze driver can be used. Mint includes a "Drivers" tool that looks for such hardware and 3rd party drivers, and installs them (usually for nvidia and amd GPU's, but also for WLAN). Start that tool to check if any such drivers are available and possibly not installed or active.
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What version of Mint? Does it have power management enabled?
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Mazdajai

How do I tell what version of Mint I am running and how do I know if power management is enabled?
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rindi

My Sony Vaio does not have a Wifi switch it is done via software. How do I do this using Linux Mint?
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Mazdajai

I am running Linux Mint 13 Maya
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