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I was and am tired of my windows laptop. Things start disappearing from time to time and I am unable to bring them back. Few months back it was network indicator.Why do I need indicators? Because I need to be disconnected almost always. Because I am paranoid surrounded by unfriendly wifi connections of some unfriendly, almost hostile people. So I thought let me buy a ubuntu system and live happily ever after with that system. 

Happily ever after is not written in my kismet. When I first bought the system, sound was not working. Then lan connection was not working and next wifi was not working.

Windows tweaking is simple - relatively. You just enable and disable some services. At the most you may need to use registry editor. Or worst case scenario, factory reset fixes the problem. You may need to install all software all over again..

But ubuntu is different. Users of this system are supposedly geeks. So if you have fever, ubuntu gives you an anatomy book and asks you to fix yourself. 

There are so many commands which appear in forums who are abbreviations for God knows what. Do you know what sudo stands for? How about lspci? Of course there are man  - manual pages. If you have patience and inclination for these lengthy cryptic pages without examples and screen shots.

So there are solutions in the forums, which ask you to do sudo apt-get install this, sudo rm some thing else. 

After trying all these solutions, my wifi was not still hiding, stubbornly telling me "device not found". As a last resort, having once used recovery options for unsuccessfully changing  password, I selected advanced options and went to generic ubuntu there. Surprise of surprises, after booting, I did get wifi and could see all hostile neighboring wifis. So it meant that there was nothing wrong with driver, not with rfkill - don't ask me what it is. So I started reverse engineering. Looked at grub lines for non-working ubuntu and working ubuntu and resolved the issue.

Few line editing in GRUB - grand unified boot loader - see I know this,  fixed the problem. No other user must have faced a similar issue.

Funny thing is ever since I bought ubuntu system, all I have achieved is enabling such basic features. Using so much time and energy.

All the People say I am paranoid. But now my fear is who ever trying to disable my systems is a genius. I am a gubbi for these brahmastras.

I wish I could give my laptops to Dr. House. He like such puzzles. He will certainly leave diagnostics and become a dual OS expert.

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