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I just installed PureOS to my laptop, a 2018 Lenovo ideapad 320 I purchased new last year.
Installation went smoothly but it sometimes spins endlessly trying to find available wifi networks. When it does show networks and I connect to my home network, it fails to connect then gives me an error message. It did this on the live USB installation, so I hooked it up directly to my router with an ethernet cable.
No idea what could be causing this.

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Please, make lspci on a terminal and post the output here.

Please, make lspci on a terminal and post the output here.

I'm very new to anything linux-based, so I'm not sure what you're asking for. If you give me a command I can copy/paste into the terminal, I'll do that and post the output.
Thank you.

lspci on your terminal

Per your request.

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series Host Bridge (rev 0b)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 5a85 (rev 0b)
00:0e.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series Audio Cluster (rev 0b)
00:0f.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series Trusted Execution Engine (rev 0b)
00:0f.1 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Device 5a9c (rev 0b)
00:0f.2 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Device 5a9e (rev 0b)
00:12.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series SATA AHCI Controller (rev 0b)
00:13.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series PCI Express Port A #1 (rev fb)
00:14.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series PCI Express Port B #1 (rev fb)
00:14.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series PCI Express Port B #2 (rev fb)
00:15.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series USB xHCI (rev 0b)
00:17.0 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series I2C Controller #5 (rev 0b)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series Low Pin Count Interface (rev 0b)
00:1f.1 SMBus: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor N4200/N3350/E3900 Series SMBus Controller (rev 0b)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 07)
03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8821AE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
EchedeyLR added a comment.EditedFeb 16 2019, 14:29

Mmm on is reported as not run with free software but It was on Trisquel 8 (Ubuntu 16.04). Could you put lshw on your terminal and post here the *-network sections of the output?

I have no idea how to run as a superuser but it did give me a warning that the data may be incomplete unless I run the command as a superuser

                description: Wireless interface
                product: RTL8821AE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
                vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
                logical name: wlp3s0
                version: 00
                serial: ce:c0:b0:65:50:ee
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
                configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rtl8821ae driverversion=4.17.0-3-amd64 firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
                resources: irq:130 ioport:1000(size=256) memory:91200000-91203fff
EchedeyLR added a comment.EditedFeb 16 2019, 14:50

Please, upgrade your system first. Current available kernel version is about 4.19

Then, reboot and exec sudo dmesg on your terminal and post the output.

It would be great if you test the wifi again before to exec dmesg

OK...I checked for updates and it said the system was up to date. If you know how to manually update the kernel via the terminal, please let me know and I'll run the commands.
As far as the dmesg command, it returned an insanely long string where every line was the same:

[  367.628385] elan_i2c i2c-ELAN0609:00: invalid report id data (ff)

More on this in a second.
There were probably 500 lines like that, except one, which read:

[  349.969439] rtl8821ae: Init MAC failed

Now, the invalid report data id (ff) error...I've been trying non-stop for weeks to install Linux Mint to this computer and it won't install. It installs fine until it gets to the "Installing the grub2 package..." portion of the install, where it then produce an endless loop of the "invalid report data id (ff)" string in the details, preventing the completion of the install, so I have to eventually power off. That's why I'm trying to install PureOS, because Linux Mint won't install and I don't want to use Windows. And I'm now past the point of no return because I've wiped Windows off my drive now.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

show me the output before select yes

Did not run sudo apt upgrade yet. Here is sudo apt update:

Get:1 green InRelease [10.5 kB]
Get:2 green/main amd64 Packages [6,882 kB]
Get:3 green/main Translation-en [6,034 kB]
Get:4 green/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [2,528 kB]
Get:5 green/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons [7,358 kB]
Fetched 22.8 MB in 9s (2,682 kB/s)                                                  
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
1136 packages can be upgraded. Run 'apt list --upgradable' to see them.

I have not hit Y yet...

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
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Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following NEW packages will be installed:
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The following packages have been kept back:
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The following packages will be upgraded:
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About both errors, I saw some posts and could be related with some kernel modules. We should wait for PureOS developers.

Okay, proceed to upgrade.

I dont believe upgrade solve your problem but anyways you should maintain your system up-to-date for others reasons and make sure about both errors are not solved yet.

EchedeyLR added projects: Restricted Project, Restricted Project.Feb 16 2019, 17:03

It's upgrading right's going to take awhile. I'll reboot and try the wifi when the upgrade is complete and I'll let you know.

That took awhile! But the whole process ran. I rebooted (the computer wouldn't shut down properly) and tried connecting via wifi. No luck. It wont even recognize available networks, which it has done in the past.
Incidentally, the error I've been getting from when I tried installing Linux mint definitely has something to do with the touchpad, but I've tried installing LM with the touchpad turned off and no dice.
So I can't install Mint, but I can install PureOS but can't get the driver for the wifi card.
Hmmmmm. I haven't given up yet.

The first error I read it was related with some kernel modules used for the touchpad but I was not sure. Please, run lshw again and dmesg.

EchedeyLR added a comment.EditedFeb 16 2019, 18:14

The driver should be provided by the kernel like the old version.

The first error I read it was related with some kernel modules used for the touchpad but I was not sure. Please, run lshw again and dmesg.

I will in the morning. I shut the computer down for the night and to hook it up to the ethernet cable is annoying because the router is in an inconvenient spot.
Thank you for your help be continued in the morning.

Where are we on this? Have things connected or are there still issues that I can help with?

EchedeyLR added a comment.EditedFeb 22 2019, 17:38

I asked him show lshw again to see if hardware is detected, correct driver used and capabilities detection. He said WiFi does not work now he upgraded. On the version before, it only failed to connect.

Let's close this one out guys. I wasn't able to get it working and gave up as I dont have the time.
I appreciate all the help.
Incidentally, I sold the computer to a guy who was handy with linux scripts and he said a "short" script would solve this. But again, its beyond my scope and time constraints.
PureOS seemed like a really slick OS too.
Maybe someday.

jonas.smedegaard changed the task status from Open to Incomplete.Feb 24 2019, 07:34
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Thanks for trying, @jgn2112

jonas.smedegaard closed this task as Resolved.Feb 24 2019, 07:35
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(hm, not really resolved, but seems that's the option we got in this interface)