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    "Wireless is disabled" for all wifi with 10.04 on Asus A2500H

    Hi there,

    having problems with wireless on my old Asus A2500H laptop, NetworkManager applet keeps the "enable wireless" greyed out and gives a "Wireless is disabled" for each wirelss network card. The wireless cards in this laptop are:

    Code:
    00:0c.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR2413 802.11bg NIC (rev 01)
    It does look like the network interface come up fine as well:

    Code:
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11b  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=off   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              
    wlan1     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=0 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
    Kernel detects the internal as well as the pcmcia card just fine, only gives this error for the internal card:

    Code:
    b43legacy-phy0: The hardware RF-kill button still turns the radio physically off. Press the button to turn it on.
    The rfkill list says something similar as well:

    Code:
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: yes
    1: phy1: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    Of course the easy solution would be to just flick that hardware switch on, however there isn't any hardware button only a indicator light, which is off unfortunately.

    Any clues to get wifi up? Also tried another pcmcia card but same problem, card is recognized but still "Wireless is disabled". Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Re: "Wireless is disabled" for all wifi with 10.04 on Asus A2500H

    Yup, same here. The problem is, out of all the replies, there seems to be the common solution of plugging in and updating drivers. The problem is, I am in a hotel and can't plug in.... nothing to plug in to.

    The Fn key and F key combination seems disabled so I can't turn the wireless card on in the laptop.

    If updates are available in a package, that'd be great. I could download with windows 7 and then switch over and run the updates.

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    Re: "Wireless is disabled" for all wifi with 10.04 on Asus A2500H

    I don't know about you but
    when I tried this command My laptop's wireless was enabled again..

    rfkill unblock wlan

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    Re: "Wireless is disabled" for all wifi with 10.04 on Asus A2500H

    BUMP!
    I've this problem here, too!
    After rfkill enable all nothing changes, it stays hard blocked. There is no WLAN Switch and all <FN> key combos didn't work neither....
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes
    Help needed!

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    Re: "Wireless is disabled" for all wifi with 10.04 on Asus A2500H

    Try Fn -F2 some asus laptops.

    Also see this link>

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9795250
    Last edited by nm_geo; March 20th, 2011 at 01:17 AM.
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