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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    It is not working for me. Mine is Dell XPS M1530. Any suggestions please.

    Thanks,

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Quote Originally Posted by converge2ashish View Post
    It is not working for me. Mine is Dell XPS M1530. Any suggestions please.

    Thanks,
    Please run and post:
    Code:
    rfkill list all
    lsmod | grep dell
    Thanks.
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    My Inspiron 1501 has been working on Ubuntu 10.10 after some work within Ubuntu to initially get the wireless going. After upgrading to 11.04 at the end of last month the [Fn-F2] wouldn't work to enable wireless networking. I googled around and came across some articles to do with my Broadcom card but none seemed to work. It seems that in the last few weeks others have started having the exact same problem.

    lsmod | grep dell

    revealed:

    dell_wmi 12681 0
    sparse_keymap 13898 1 dell_wmi
    dell_laptop 13827 0
    dcdbas 14438 1 dell_laptop

    tried:

    sudo rmmod -f dell-laptop
    sudo rfkill unblock all

    Without rebooting, [Fn-F2] still is not lighting up the wifi led.

    I think when I was following some of the suggestions regarding my Broadcom card at the end of last month I may have deleted something that is now required.

    If anyone has any further suggetions they would be valued.

    Chilli555, thanks for the help you've been on here and elsewhere. I notice you've been helping out for quite a while.

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    tried:

    sudo rmmod -f dell-laptop
    sudo rfkill unblock all

    Without rebooting, [Fn-F2] still is not lighting up the wifi led.
    Putting the state of the LED aside for now, do those steps actually enable your wireless?

    Thank you for your kind comments.
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    Question Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Putting the state of the LED aside for now, do those steps actually enable your wireless?
    Rebooted and tried [Fn-F2] but the wifi LED is still not lit up. The cone shaped icon in the top right hand corner of the screen is empty. Clicking it reveals that the "Wired Network", "device not managed", "Wireless Networks" and "device not ready (firmware missing)" options are not available. All other options are available to be selected but "Enable Networking" and "Enable Wireless" options have an additional tick to their left.

    I think this still indicates that wireless is unavailable, though there are two wireless networks visible to other computer nearby.

    Thanks again!

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Please run and post:
    Code:
    rfkill list all
    lsmod | grep dell
    Thanks.

    Hi Chili555,

    I pasted the code and output below for your kind reference.

    ~$ rfkill list all
    0: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: yes
    1: dell-bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: yes
    2: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes

    ~$ lsmod | grep dell
    dell_wmi 12601 0
    sparse_keymap 13666 1 dell_wmi
    dell_laptop 13515 0
    dcdbas 14054 1 dell_laptop

    ~$ sudo rmmod -f dell-laptop
    [sudo] password for :

    ~$ sudo rfkill unblock all

    ~$ rfkill list all
    2: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes

    ~$ lsmod | grep dell
    dell_wmi 12601 0
    sparse_keymap 13666 1 dell_wmi

    After this I tried pressing the Key combination Fn+F2.
    Still Wifi is not working (Ref - attached snap shot). Wifi LED is also not glowing.

    Thanks for your time,
    Ashish
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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    @Darren--

    I am starting to think your problem is not the wireless switch, but that the drivers and/or firmware are not correctly installed. Please post:
    Code:
    lspci -nn
    iwconfig
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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    2: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes
    That suggests a switch or slider is in the Off position. Please check.
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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    ... Please post:
    Code:
    lspci -nn
    iwconfig
    ~$ lspci -nn
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge [1002:5950] (rev 10)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge [1002:5a3f]
    00:05.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge [1002:5a37]
    00:06.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge [1002:5a38]
    00:12.0 SATA controller [0106]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA [1002:4380]
    00:13.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0) [1002:4387]
    00:13.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1) [1002:4388]
    00:13.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2) [1002:4389]
    00:13.3 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3) [1002:438a]
    00:13.4 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4) [1002:438b]
    00:13.5 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI) [1002:4386]
    00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller [1002:4385] (rev 13)
    00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE [1002:438c]
    00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) [1002:4383]
    00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge [1002:438d]
    00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge [1002:4384]
    00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration [1022:1100]
    00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map [1022:1101]
    00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller [1022:1102]
    00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1103]
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200M] [1002:5975]
    05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
    08:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
    08:01.0 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter [1180:0822] (rev 19)
    08:01.1 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller [1180:0843] (rev 01)
    ~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=0 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementff

    eth0 no wireless extensions.


    @Chilli555 - Thanks for your continued analysis.
    Last edited by DarrenMayLin; May 18th, 2011 at 12:10 AM. Reason: smilies =:o

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
    This works with the module wl. Now let's see:
    Code:
    lsmod | grep wl
    dmesg | grep wl
    Thanks.
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