USB boot no networks

I have a Network Connection problem and I am a Newbie.
I have a new Vivobook(ASUS Vivobook; Model: 1605V; F1605VAP-DS52 which came with Windows11 installed. I booted the computer with a USB containing an iso for EndeavourOS. Once booted the computer can not find any Networks to connect to. I had checked that it did find my Network when booting from Windows11.
I hesitate to wipe the hard drive and install Linux if in the end the Linux OS can not find a Network
Is this a simple problem or will it require delving into the innards of the OS?

Is it the latest ISO? Boot on it and show the following.

inxi -Na


I really appreciate your taking the time to respond.

Yes, this is the latest iso: EndeavourOS_Endeavour-2024.06.25

I ran inxi -Na in Terminal on the Asus laptop. I did not find a clipboard application in EOS on the Asus, so I will manually copy the output (I am using my desktop computer).

Device-1: Realtek vendor: Foxcom driver: N/A modules: rtw89_8851be, wl
port: 3000 bus-ID: 0000:01:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:b851 Class-ID: 0280

Joe Hall

Edited for correction.

I see two modules listed and nothing loaded. I assume you are looking for WiFi connect and not Ethernet? I hope I’m right on my assumption?

Edit: This is a realtek chip for WiFi and should use the rtw89_8851be module. You could try

sudo modprobe rtw89_8851be

I ran: sudo modprobe rtw89_8851be
There was no response. Terminal reverted back to $ for another entry.

You may also need to remove the module wl first.

sudo modprobe -r wl
sudo modprobe rtw89_8851be

You can also try sudo rfkill unblock all to see if anything is blocking it.
Your other option is to use a mobile phone or ethernet.

I ran: sudo modprobe -r wl and then sudo modprobe rt89-8851be
I received this message: “modprobe: FATAL: Module rt89_8851be not found in directory /lib/modules/6.9.6-arch-1”
sudo rfkill unblock all did not seem to do anything.
I then ran sudo modprobe rt89_8851be again and got the FATAL message again.

I’m just not sure if that chip runs on r8169 kernel module either. You could also try sudo modprobe r8169.

Check in Windows that you have the fast startup disabled in Windows Power Management.


I have tried each of your last two suggestions. Neither worked.

I am just barely past a beginner. I can operate Terminal only by following explicit entries like you supplied. I think what I need to do is return this Asus laptop and to purchase a laptop which already has Linux installed. It will cost more than I paid for the Asus, but I am not proficient enough with Linux to get into the innards of the system and sort out problems.

I sincerely appreciate the time and effort you have expended trying to help me. From what I have picked up studying, I want to give our EndeavourOS a shot as my new system.

Joe Hall

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