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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Wireless disabled by hardware switch on HP Pavilion

    Hey guys, i just started using Ubuntu 12.04LTS and i can't seem to solve my issue. I've been hovering around the forums for a while but none of the solutions i've seen have worked on mine. I'd love to have this fixed xD

    Laptop: HP Pavilion Dv5
    Problem: Wireless disabled by hardware switch
    How i got here: I reformatted my entire computer and replaced my Win Vista with Ubuntu Karmic Koala then i upgraded and upgraded till i got to Ubuntu 12.04

    rfkill list all
    0: brcmwl-0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes
    1: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes
    2: hp-bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes

    other info
    1. the indicator is also off, cant turn it on specially since i have no more Win OS
    2. tried downloading broadcom drivers (since earlier i discovered i was broadcom)
    ... (unless i read it wrong... hahah)
    3. im no linux/ubuntu expert

    please and thank you!

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    Re: Wireless disabled by hardware switch on HP Pavilion

    I had the same problem and solved it with the following command:

    sudo rfkill unblock wifi

    Good luck!

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    Re: Wireless disabled by hardware switch on HP Pavilion

    sudo rfkill unblock wifi
    If it were that easy i wouldn't have posted xD but i appreciate the help haha

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    Re: Wireless disabled by hardware switch on HP Pavilion

    Hey guys, i'm not sure why this happened but what i did was during reboot sequence before i even got into ubuntu os. i simply spammed clicking the wireless "touch" and the wifi turned on.

    it might not have been that but thats what happened. hahah

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    Re: Wireless disabled by hardware switch on HP Pavilion

    same problem, its driving me crazy.
    Can you explain what did yo do exactly?

  6. #6
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    Re: Wireless disabled by hardware switch on HP Pavilion

    I'm sorry i have no clue, it just "magically" turned on which i know is like saying Jesus suddenly came in and troubleshot my laptop for charity.

    But generally the notion is to force the laptop's wifi to turn on through hardware so if you are able to do this via the original O.S. then do it there. I'm sorry if i cant be more helpful than that haha

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    Re: Wireless disabled by hardware switch on HP Pavilion

    Quote Originally Posted by pepschmir View Post
    I had the same problem and solved it with the following command:

    sudo rfkill unblock wifi

    Good luck!

    This worked for me! Thanks!

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