Can't connect to Wifi

Greetings, I was on to install the Garuda distribution of Linux, but everytime I want to install it, it won't let me connect to my Home-Network.

So, I boot from USB, and then I'm entering the Network password. But it won't really connect, it only says "Connecting"

Welcome to the forum. :wave:

Please post the terminal output of:

inxi -Faz

BTW, you don't need the internet to install Garuda, but it helps.

You can use Ethernet or USB Android phone tethering for an alternate internet connection. From years of network troubleshooting, I've learned not to waste my time trying to fix Wifi in the live environment. It's not that it's impossible, but if you need proprietary wifi drivers it's just far more trouble than it's worth.

After you've posted your inxi -Faz output I will have a better idea if your Wifi adapter is problematic with Linux. Generally you need to install to bare metal to troubleshoot wifi issues effectively.


My bad- It only say's "Configuring Network" And after that, it ask's for the Password, and when I enter it, it just keeps asking for the Password while the text/message still says configuring network

And I don't know if this changes anything, but keep in mind that I'm booting from USB.
And also, on the startup I select "Boot with open source driver", and not "Boot with priority drivers" (I'm not sure if thats the exact message xD)

inxi -Fat output:
**[email protected] in ~ as :mage: took 4s
λ inxi -Faz
Kernel: 5.15.12-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC
misobasedir=garuda misolabel=GARUDA_DR460NIZED_WHITETAILEDEAG quiet
systemd.show_status=1 driver=free nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.23.4 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11
vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P5Q v: Rev 1.xx
serial: BIOS: American Megatrends v: 2209
date: 03/11/2010
Info: model: Intel Core2 Quad Q8200 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Core Penryn
family: 6 model-id: 0x17 (23) stepping: 7 microcode: 0x70A
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 smt: cache: L1: 256 KiB
desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 4 MiB desc: 2x2 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 2042 high: 2149 min/max: 2003/2336 scaling:
driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 2149 2: 2019 3: 2000
4: 2000 bogomips: 18665
Flags: ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported
Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion
Type: mds
status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; SMT disabled
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2
mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: AMD Cypress XT [Radeon HD 5870] vendor: XFX Pine driver: radeon
v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:6898 class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org compositor: kwin_x11 driver:
loaded: ati,radeon unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa
display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x1200 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 1016x317mm (40.0x12.5")
s-diag: 1064mm (41.9")
Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 3048 size: 16x9mm (0.6x0.4")
diag: 18mm (0.7")
Monitor-2: DVI-0 res: 1920x1200 hz: 60 dpi: 94
size: 518x324mm (20.4x12.8") diag: 611mm (24.1")
Message: Unable to show advanced data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
Device-1: Intel 82801JI HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:3a3e class-ID: 0403
Device-2: AMD Cypress HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5830/5850/5870 / 6850/6870
vendor: XFX Pine driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1
chip-ID: 1002:aa50 class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.12-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.42 running: yes
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 Gigabit or Fast Ethernet
vendor: ASUSTeK driver: ATL1E v: N/A modules: atl1e port: dc00
bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 1969:1026 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp2s0 state: down mac:
Device-2: TP-Link TL-WN823N v2/v3 [Realtek RTL8192EU] type: USB
driver: rtl8xxxu bus-ID: 2-2:3 chip-ID: 2357:0109 class-ID: 0000
IF: wlp0s29f7u2 state: down mac:
Local Storage: total: 1.37 TiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 type: USB vendor: USBest
model: Technology USB Mass Storage Device size: 3.77 GiB block-size:
physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: type: N/A
serial: rev: 0.00 scheme: MBR
SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: HGST (Hitachi)
model: HTS725050A7E630 size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B
logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial:
rev: A340 scheme: MBR
ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: Western Digital
model: WD10EZEX-08M2NA0 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B
logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial:
rev: 1A01 scheme: MBR
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 5.79 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 30.5 C mobo: 31.0 C gpu: radeon temp: 50.5 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 1917 psu: 811 case-1: 3308 case-2: 0
Power: 12v: 11.82 5v: N/A 3.3v: 3.20 vbat: N/A
Processes: 188 Uptime: 4m wakeups: 0 Memory: 5.79 GiB
used: 2.38 GiB (41.0%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 13.0.0 Packages: pacman: 1180 lib: 294 Shell: fish
v: 3.3.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.12 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.11

This is my own personal opinion on your hardware. Your computer being a dozen years old is not a great candidate to run Garuda. You meet our minimum requirements to run Garuda, but this is in no way going to guarantee a good experience as you do not meet our recommended specs.

Also, if I'm reading your specs correctly, you are running spinner hard drives. This will make your system even more sluggish IMO. With a system this old, you really nead an SSD drive to help improve performance/responsiveness.

Your wifi will likely work, if you install the proprietary Realtek driver from the AUR. However, that is a model of adapter with a very poor reputation for running properly in Linux.

Hate to rain on your parade, but I don't think Garuda is a great choice for hardware that old. Garuda is really intended for higher spec computers. You can install Garuda if you wish, but I don't think you'll have a great experience with it on such limited hardware.


thanks anyways, also if it's running fine for now.
just note, the question was why the Wifi don't works, and not if my PC-Specs are good enough to run Garuda.


Not having your computer and wifi, any answer would be pure speculation, but as I stated your wifi will likely work if you install the correct driver from the AUR. However, your wifi adapter has a terrible reputation in Linux, so you'll likely experience issues.

You can install Garuda if you'd like, but I will be answering no further help requests after you do that, because with your rig and inexperience this combination is likely to result in many help requests.

Do as you please.


Hmmm.. okay, if a staff say's it's a terrible combination with my Specs- I better stay on Windows 10.

But thanks for you help anyways!

best, daevin

You don't need to remain on Windows. There are many Linux distros that cater to older hardware. The problem is 95% of people wanting to run Garuda usually pick the most glitzy high requirement DE (Dragonized editions).

If you were to install one of our lighter DE's such as Xfce or LXQT your system might be more responsive. Few people unfortunately follow that advice as most all have their hearts set on Dragonized.

A lighter version of Linux should run just fine on your system, Dragonized not so much.



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