How to fix network manager applet missing from notification area in ubuntu 10.04

Problem

Hey i install ubuntu 10.04 this morning... A gud experience till that when i came to know that there in no nm (network-manager) applet in my panel as a result of which i m unable to connect to the wireless network.

Solutions

Method 1

Open the terminal type "sudo edit /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf" change the "managed=false" to "managed=true" and then save it.

then in the terminal type "killall nm-system-settings"

and then reboot.

Method 2

right click panel>add to panel>Notification Area

Bug reported here

Source from here

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19 thoughts on “How to fix network manager applet missing from notification area in ubuntu 10.04

  1. Sometimes my network applet is missing when I boot. If you type killall gnome-panel in the Run Application dialog (Alt-F2), the gnome panels close then reopen, all fixed!

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  2. Thank you! This sorted the problem for me with 10.10 64bit. Does anyone know what the reason is for the issue?

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  3. WICD sucks big time since you can’t connect to cellular network with it. (It is possible but that’s about it..)

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  4. I agree, WICD sucks since cellular network isn’t included. I have now been without a Network Manager for over month now, surfing the net for a solution, none has worked. Since connecting via cellular network is crucial to me, i have no other option than leaving Ubuntu, i even tried reinstalling but the problem reoccurred. Seriously, i must now conclude that Linux is a joke, in what other OS would the users accept this problem, i have so far been a big fan of Ubuntu and although there have been many problems and bugs i have read the forums, applied solutions and learned a lot on the way. But to encounter a problem as this crucial issue and realize that it is pretty much unsolvable is pretty much a shock for me, i guess this is the difference between a proprietary OS and open source; a proprietary system always has an owner behind it that more or less ensures that the problem is fixed, otherwise they are out of business. When it comes to Linsucks you are pretty much on your own after all “solutions” have failed, no one can be held accountable.

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  5. Many thanks. I need to connect to a VPN for work and without this applet it’s impossible (for me!).

    Method 1 didn’t work for LinuxMint 11 but Method 2 did. Hurrah!

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  6. I have installed Kubuntu 11.10 on two desktops, one with a wired connection, the other with a wireless USB network card, which worked like a charm right after I installed it!

    On thing is odd: on both PCs, the network manager icon has disappeared, although the internet connection is and remains stable.

    My /etc/init/network-manager.conf is exactly like the example above. I have changed the /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf file as advised on this page, but that hasn’t made the network manager icon reappear.

    Suggestions, anyone? Thanks in advance!

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  7. Method 2
    I am unable to find or do
    right click panel>

    Which screen I am able to do that or where can I find this option.

    If I right click on at the top right next to date and time it give me following four options
    -About
    -Remove from Panel (Grayed out)
    – Move (Grayed out)
    – Lock to panel (Grayed out)

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  8. My problem with this was that the Add to Panel had nothing including the word “network”, or even “net”. Apparently on Ubuntu 10.04 right now, if you make a new Panel, the network manager is only available by adding a “Notification Area”, which isn’t there in a new panel by default.

    Even after doing that with everything working, I still have no network anything in my Add to Panel list.

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  9. Thanks… it worked (except for the “killall nm-system-settings”, which I had to substitute for “killall nm-applet”)

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  10. I dont have write access so I cant save the file after editing it. Using the command line didnt work, maybe for the same reason, any way around for this?
    Or maybe, if you could tell me how I can get the “write access.”

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  11. It works very well (method 1), except for the “killall nm-system-settings”.
    I just replaced “sudo edit /etc…” by “sudo gedit /etc…”
    I tried method 2 before, with no effect.
    Thanks !

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