Update: If you have RTL8723be and are experiencing difficulties try this
I love Ubuntu. XUbuntu to be more specific but it’s still Ubuntu. I love it so much I made it my main OS and haven’t looked back since. There are a few issues with this driver (RTL8723AE) that I’ve had to deal with though, and here’s one of them.
After telling my computer to restart then getting impatient when that took more than 15 seconds I foolishly did a hard reset and when I restarted my wireless card no longer detected wifi networks. After stumbling my way through 20-25 obscure blog posts that weren’t technically related to my wifi card I found a solution. So for the 2 other people in the universe to have this issue in the future here’s what I did to remedy the situation.
If you have an available Ethernet connection and can still use it try this
If you haven’t try installing the linux-firmware-nonfree drivers with this command:
sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
Then try installing the Wicd network manager. Wicd has more tools than the default one XUbuntu uses.
sudo apt-get install wicd wicd-gtk wicd-daemon wicd-cli wicd-curses
Awesome, now try restarting your computer and it should be working.
If you don’t have an available Ethernet connection
If on the off chance you’re also dual booting with Windows try restarting into Windows and see if the connection works there. If it doesn’t work there then I don’t know what you can do. Have fun.