Connection Failed

I keep getting this message in Fed. newest version “Connection Failed”
“Activation of network connection failed”.

It shows up even though I have wifi and Bluetooth connections and they are working.
I have no idea where it is coming from and / or how to correct it.

Any ideas?

It sounds like NetworkManager is trying to establish the LAN connection.

Do you have a LAN cable pluged-in to your computer?

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No, I have no cable connected. But “wired” was set to automatic, so I “removed” it. Still flashing the same message.

Thanks for your reply…

When you ifconfig do you see dropped packets?

Hi Costa, it looks like 0 dropped packages. Here is a partial printout (copy / paste).
enp4s0f1: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
ether 54:a0:50:8a:fd:9d txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
RX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0

ipv6leakintrf0: flags=195<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,NOARP> mtu 1500
inet6 fdeb:446c:912d:8da:: prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x0
inet6 fe80::b263:da90:2a89:5c38 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x20
ether 72:2a:61:f2:18:ee txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
RX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 600 bytes 106957 (104.4 KiB)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0

I have no idea what all this means. Not so tech savvy.


Viewing logs in Fedora :: Fedora Docs

Hi Vladislav,

thanks for your reply. I have managed to get logs, but I have no clue as to how to go about / finding what I should be looking for. There are thousands of entries. I am not that tech savvy when it comes to doing this kind of search. Maybe you can help me to narrow it down more specific.

Thanks for your interest.



You can monitor logs in real time or fetch a small time interval when the issue happens:

journalctl -f
journalctl --no-pager -S -1m
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Hi Vladisloav, I have a ttached a screen shot of the Terminal printout for the fisrt command given below.

I have no time right now but will get back again later today.


Regards, Magic

Are you trying to use the internet using tethering, i.e. through your smartphone’s mobile network (I assume “Cat S62” is a smartphone)?

It looks like the bluetooth connection is unstable. This may have several reasons, probably on the driver side. Can you maybe try connecting the smartphone via USB and try whether you can get tethering over USB enabled?

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Hi Christian, I did use USB Tethering some days ago and it worked ok. Since then, as far as I know everything is disconnected / turned off.

Thanks for you interest in this situation. What can be done to correct it?

Regards, Magic

According to the logs, your computer is trying to do tethering via bluetooth through your phone. If this is not what you want (e.g. because your computer is directly connected to the wifi), you should un-pair or disconnect the smartphone from your PC via bluetooth.

If you do want to use the internet via tethering, I recommend using it through USB, not through bluetooth if possible.

[Edit] Background: I have seen tethering via bluetooth be unstable. Also the logs clearly say something about bluetooth so if that is the technology layer to blame, you could skip it.

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Hi, yes I did use both as tethering. The hotel wifi was problematic, so I used the tethering functions. It was all new for me, and I never did it before. So as you say BT is still looking for a connection. When I am on the PC again I will check the settings.
Thanks for your feedback.
Regards, Magic