I am using openSUSE Tumbleweed. I've bought a new PCI-E Wireless card, that supports 5G WiFi (Intel 5100 AGN). It doesn't show up in lspci and even if I take old adapter out it still cannot see my new one. I have tried switching it off and on again in BIOS, but nothing helps. The driver must be installed according to firmware folder



rextuz@linux-c84g:~$ dmesg | grep Firmware
[    0.358267] [Firmware Bug]: ACPI: BIOS _OSI(Linux) query ignored
[    0.401370] acpi PNP0A08:00: [Firmware Info]: MMCONFIG for domain 0000 [bus 00-3f] only partially covers this bridge
rextuz@linux-c84g:~$ dmesg | grep firmware
[    5.713117] psmouse serio2: trackpoint: IBM TrackPoint firmware: 0x0e, buttons: 3/3
[    7.639514] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: loaded firmware version build 35138 op_mode iwldvm
[ 5123.606856] usb 2-1.2: device firmware changed
[12107.630137] usb 2-1.2: device firmware changed
[12111.314260] usb 2-1.2: device firmware changed
rextuz@linux-c84g:~$ dmesg | grep Wireless
[    7.622057] Intel(R) Wireless WiFi driver for Linux
[    7.659264] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: Detected Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 1000 BGN, REV=0x6C

lspci and lshw

linux-c84g:/home/rextuz # lspci -vnn | grep -i net                           
00:19.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection [8086:1502] (rev 04)
03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1000 [Condor Peak] [8086:0084]

linux-c84g:/home/rextuz # lshw -C network
   description: Ethernet interface
   product: 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection
   vendor: Intel Corporation
   physical id: 19
   bus info: pci@0000:00:19.0
   logical name: enp0s25
   version: 04
   serial: f0:de:f1:6f:61:8d
   capacity: 1Gbit/s
   width: 32 bits
   clock: 33MHz
   capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
   configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=3.2.6-k firmware=0.13-3 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
   resources: irq:29 memory:f2500000-f251ffff memory:f252b000-f252bfff ioport:5080(size=32)
*-network DISABLED
   description: Wireless interface
   product: Centrino Wireless-N 1000 [Condor Peak]
   vendor: Intel Corporation
   physical id: 0
   bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
   logical name: wlp3s0
   version: 00
   serial: 8c:a9:82:be:c0:9e
   width: 64 bits
   clock: 33MHz
   capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
   configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=4.5.0-2-default firmware= build 35138 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
   resources: irq:28 memory:f2400000-f2401fff
   description: Ethernet interface
   physical id: 2
   logical name: enp0s29u1u2
   serial: c6:bc:a4:94:d0:53
   capabilities: ethernet physical
   configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rndis_host driverversion=22-Aug-2005 firmware=RNDIS device ip= link=yes multicast=yes

How do I make the kernel to use my new adapter instead or together with the old one?

  • What is your kernel version?
    – GAD3R
    Apr 8, 2016 at 9:30
  • What brand of computer? Some have a BIOS whitelist that will prevent some wifi cards from working. With my Lenovo I can't boot it if it has a unsupported wifi card in it
    – Jeremy31
    Apr 8, 2016 at 9:32
  • @GAD3R 4.5.0-2-default
    – Max
    Apr 8, 2016 at 10:15
  • @Jeremy31 I have Lenovo x220 acctually, i've never heard of such a whitelist. In BIOS it is just enable and disable for wireless.
    – Max
    Apr 8, 2016 at 10:15
  • Normally, this should work out of the box, so we'll need some more info. Can you post the output of lspci -vnn | grep -i net and lshw -C network? Apr 8, 2016 at 10:39

2 Answers 2


Your laptop has a BIOS whitelist and the Intel 5100 is not on it

I would recommend calling Lenovo and ordering an Intel wifi card with 5 Ghz from them that will work with the X220 as the option to update the BIOS with a version that eliminates the whitelist might render the laptop useless.

I found the maintenance manual for the X220 and the Centrino Wireless-N 1000 must have been the card it was made with and it is on the list in the maintenance manual, so that is why it works

See http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0a60739.pdf on page 114 and 115 it shows the wifi cards that work. The Intel 6205 and 6300 are both listed but the 6300 may require 3 antennas. I still recommend ordering from Lenovo as the whitelist might be looking for one variation of the card and one bought from ebay might still not work


You should see if relevant messages is available in logs or dmesg

Look for lines like missing firmware file xxxx/xxxx

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(Since I do not have a Linux box at hand, it's just an example found online)

Then you'll know which file to download.

  • Nothing like this unfortunately. It only detects my stock adapter I'll add output to my post
    – Max
    Apr 8, 2016 at 10:17

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