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    Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    Ok so the basic issue here is this: My wireless has not once enabled through many environments.

    Wubi install: Enable wireless greyed out

    Live cd: greyed out

    Partition alongside win7: greyed out.

    I installed all software updates, checked additional drivers, installed the latest driver for RTL8111/8168B.

    rfkill list shows phy0 and phy1.

    Phy0 has a hardblock on. everything else is unblocked.

    Now consider this also: I have both a wireless adapter inside my laptop and a wireless usb adapter outside. The internal adapter does not work, hence why I think hardblock is on even if the external slider in 'on'.

    I have tried commands such as rfkill unblock all as well as sudo rfkill unblock all.

    No wireless options in the BIOS.

    I have tried another laptop and desktop and they get wireless from the get go.

    Ubuntu on my laptop seems to see my belkin adapter as well as my internal (ralink) one. But trying to scan networks yields no results and says network is down always.

    Ubuntu version: 12.04 lts

    Ask me anything else you may need to help me, thanks.

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    Please detach the USB and let's get the internal going. Please open a terminal and run and post:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    rfkill list all
    iwconfig
    What is the brand and model of laptop?
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    ok doing that now. the laptop was said to be custom made gaming laptop when i bought it. no branding of anykind on the case.

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Please detach the USB and let's get the internal going. Please open a terminal and run and post:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    rfkill list all
    iwconfig
    What is the brand and model of laptop?
    Btw since i have no net on the latop am posting from my desktop. Cant copy command outputs :l

    rfkill list all

    phy0 wireless lan

    soft blocked no
    hard blocked yes (my theory for that in the post lol)

    iwconfig

    lo no wireless extensions

    wlan 0 mode managed access point: not accociated tx powerff power management: off RTS/Fragment thr: off

    eth0 no wireless extentions
    Last edited by ltlunatic; October 8th, 2012 at 05:43 PM.

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    if it will help greatly i can connect with the wire connection downstairs and post from my laptop that way.

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    What is the brand and model of laptop?
    Please.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    um please what? Go downstairs?

    Model as far as i can tell: intel chip dual core, windows 7 installed, bios is phoenix technologies by intel?

    im moving downstairs in any case BRB

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    ltlunatic@ltlunatic-laptop:~$ lspci -nn | grep 0280
    ltlunatic@ltlunatic-laptop:~$ rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes
    ltlunatic@ltlunatic-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementn

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    lol any way to do this in a live way? would go quicker. waiting further instructions.

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    Re: Enable wireless greyed out. Disabled by hard switch. Details inside

    am now downstairs

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