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Groescht
September 12th, 2011, 12:40 AM
I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. I had to hard shutdown my computer because it froze. When it had restarted I am unable to connect to my wireless networks. "enable wireless" is greyed out. And it says "wireless networks are disabled by hardware switch". There is a button that turns on and off accessing wireless networks. I have pushed it to no avail. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Groescht
September 12th, 2011, 01:03 AM
bump

Groescht
September 12th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Trolled forums. Tried a bunch of stuff and got it fixed. If anyone else has this problem I recommend going here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1559025

fdrake
September 12th, 2011, 01:12 AM
do you have a switcher that lets you turn off/on the wifi antenna somwhere? it may be a combination of keys too. make sure you check the txt on the hardware first. if that does not work run these command sin the terminal:


iwconfig
sudo lshw -c Network
rfkill list all

akshaypande1989
September 12th, 2011, 06:13 AM
Hi fdrake,

I am facing a similar problem:

I am using Ubuntu 10.4 AMD64 on an ASUS EEE PC 1201T, I do not have other operating systems. Linux can detect my wireless hardware as shown by the output of lshw -C network


PCI (sysfs)
*-network DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
logical name: wlan0
version: 01
serial: 48:5d:60:b1:10:50
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=2.6.32-34-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
resources: irq:16 memory:fbef0000-fbefffff

I've downloaded the needed driver from this URL https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Device/Atheros/AR9285 but my network is still disabled.

My computer is up to date already (I've checked in Update Manager).

My wireless switch is Fn+F2 but it isn't working.

Do help!

Warmly
Akshay Pande

fdrake
September 12th, 2011, 07:09 AM
can u post the results for the commands in post #4(especially the last one)

akshaypande1989
September 12th, 2011, 08:03 AM
iwconfig


lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off

sudo lshw -C network


*-network DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
logical name: wlan0
version: 01
serial: 48:5d:60:b1:10:50
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=2.6.32-34-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
resources: irq:16 memory:fbef0000-fbefffff
*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: Atheros AR8132 / L1c Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
vendor: Atheros Communications
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: c0
serial: bc:ae:c5:42:06:0b
size: 10MB/s
capacity: 100MB/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion=1.0.0.2-NAPI duplex=full firmware=N/A ip=10.156.0.228 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=10MB/s
resources: irq:26 memory:fbfc0000-fbffffff ioport:ec00(size=128)


rfkill list all



0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes

fdrake
September 12th, 2011, 05:20 PM
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes


your switch is OFF you have to change it to ON.
Try to changed it and run the command "rfkill list all" untill you see "Hard blocked: no". Try to do it several times. There is nothing wrong with the driver/os.
try also this:studdown the laptop, unplugging the power AC, take out the battery for 1 min and put everything back and restart.

akshaypande1989
September 12th, 2011, 06:00 PM
Dear fdrake,

I followed your advice and tried switching my wireless on during an Ubuntu session and also during the BIOS page on startup, but it isn't switching on. When I right click the network icon, the "Enable Wireless" checkbox option is greyed out and not clickable.

On Windows I could have switched it on but I don't have Windows anymore and neither can install it.

Is there something else I could try? Maybe something BIOS related?

Warmly
Akshay Pande

akshaypande1989
September 12th, 2011, 06:09 PM
PROBLEM SOLVED!!

I went to my BIOS settings on Startup, chose the Advanced tab and then went to Onboard devices configuration. I saw there that the wireless and bluetooth were disabled. So I enabled them!

Now the light is on and rfkill list all says


0: hci0: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
1: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

Thank you so much!! Your advice inspired me to go to the BIOS settings because I had a BIOS related problem earlier where I was advised to do what you said - i.e. disconnect all peripherals and let everything cool down.

fdrake
September 12th, 2011, 06:24 PM
congrats I am happy for you!:popcorn:

davenlin19
March 14th, 2013, 07:13 AM
Hello fdrake,
I typed rfkill list all, and it displayed:
0: hci0: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

I can't find wireless or smt like that, but i have already installed broadcom :(
Please help me.

Wild Man
March 14th, 2013, 07:34 AM
Old thread closed! Please start a new thread.
Thanks