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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    With due respect to my colleagues, I think it's due to a poor implemetation of the module dell-laptop. Please do:
    Code:
    lsmod | grep dell
    If dell-laptop is loaded, remove it:
    Code:
    sudo rmmod -f dell-laptop
    sudo rfkill unblock all
    Is your wireless working now? If so, we'll need to blacklist dell-laptop.
    Dell Inspiron 1545 n series, Broadcom chipset, I have had Ubuntu since 7, internal upgrade for each new distro upgrade.

    This jumped up out of nowhere for me, 11.04 was working fine since I put it on ((with some minor cosmetic problems like ccsm totally dying on me)) but all of a sudden my "wireless disabled by hardware" bit me and my F2 key ((which used to shut off wireless and turn it back on just fine)) would not turn on the wireless.

    This fix worked.

    bummer, but glad to be back

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    This fix worked.

    bummer, but glad to be back
    If you are ready to make it permanent, blacklist dell-laptop:
    Code:
    sudo su
    echo "blacklist dell-laptop" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    exit
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Hi Chili555,

    Thanks a lot for your advice. it fixed by wireless issue. I was searching this problem resolution for 3-4 hours but then when i realize that my wireless driver could be correct, issue is wireless card is disabled. Thanks a lot again for your time to write this article.

    Thanks
    Mahi

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    Smile Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Hi All,

    Just to add, I have a Dell Vostro1520 and my wireless driver is b43 and wireless was not working with ubuntu 11.10. There were two issues. One issue which is discussed in the thread.

    1.) Dell wireless card was disabled
    2.) Secondly wireless driver was wrong.

    How to fix wireless driver problem
    -------------------------------------------
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer ( if it did not work, try below command)
    $sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer ( it depends on wirless card model, if this also does not work, it will give you a suggestion based on your hardware, run suggested command)
    $ sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source
    $ sudo reboot

    How to enable dell wireless card
    -----------------------------------------
    $ rfkill lits ( is it showing any card blocked: yes)

    run below mentioned commands to fix
    ------------------------------------------------
    sudo rmmod -f dell-laptop
    sudo rfkill unblock all


    Confirm, if your wireless is working now? if yes, then Thanks to Chili555 he only provided solution to enable Dell driver.
    but first part was not there is this post and i spent 3-4 hours to resolve this problem but if you see this post, you can fix it fast and that is the reason i thought of writting it and giving back to community

    Thanks
    Mohinder

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    I tried rfkill etc but it didn't really work for me.

    Finally the following works every time - I have wireless mouse and when I get 'wireless disabled' - I simply take out the mouse's usb connector. This causes wifi to re-trigger automatically and connect.

    It seems that usb devices may be interfering with wifi.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Does anyone know how to fix this with a lenovo ideapad s10-3? Im running an atheros 9285 adapter with all drivers needed. Please post steps to fix it.
    Thank you.

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Ok,
    I did everything on this thread and probably on a few more threads and it does not work for me. I just downloaded Ubuntu 13 and after years of using Fedora, i thought this would be a good move for my family. Well, i'm stuck on day 1. I have a Dell Latitude D630. Please help me out. I don't want to repeat what i did because i went through everything and did everything.

    Thank you.

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    @regrock100...Hi, please post the output of...
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net
    lsmod
    sudo rfkill list all
    thanks
    Craving anchovy, herring and squid pizza.....with clam sauce

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    reggie@reggie-Latitude-D630:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express [14e4:1673] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f9]
    Kernel driver in use: tg3
    0c:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4312] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1490 Dual Band WLAN Mini-Card [1028:0007]
    Kernel driver in use: wl

    reggie@reggie-Latitude-D630:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    parport_pc 27504 0
    ppdev 12817 0
    bnep 17669 2
    rfcomm 37420 0
    bluetooth 202069 10 bnep,rfcomm
    snd_hda_codec_idt 63896 1
    wl 4134820 1
    snd_hda_intel 38307 3
    snd_hda_codec 117580 2 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
    coretemp 13131 0
    joydev 17097 0
    snd_hwdep 13272 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 80890 2 snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel
    i915 535544 3
    snd_page_alloc 14230 2 snd_pcm,snd_hda_intel
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    kvm 376505 0
    snd_rawmidi 25114 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 51280 2 snd_seq_midi_event,snd_seq_midi
    drm_kms_helper 47545 1 i915
    drm 228489 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    snd_seq_device 14137 3 snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_midi
    psmouse 81038 0
    i2c_algo_bit 13197 1 i915
    snd_timer 24411 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    dell_wmi 12601 0
    pcmcia 39544 0
    gpio_ich 13236 0
    snd 56485 15 snd_hwdep,snd_timer,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_pcm,snd_ seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel,snd_se q_device
    sparse_keymap 13658 1 dell_wmi
    yenta_socket 27095 0
    dcdbas 14021 0
    serio_raw 13031 0
    lib80211 14040 1 wl
    pcmcia_rsrc 18191 1 yenta_socket
    mac_hid 13037 0
    soundcore 12600 1 snd
    cfg80211 436177 1 wl
    pcmcia_core 21505 3 pcmcia,pcmcia_rsrc,yenta_socket
    microcode 18286 0
    wmi 18590 1 dell_wmi
    lpc_ich 16925 0
    video 18894 1 i915
    binfmt_misc 17260 1
    ext2 63166 1
    lp 13299 0
    parport 40753 3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc
    firewire_ohci 35292 0
    firewire_core 61718 1 firewire_ohci
    crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core
    tg3 143666 0
    ptp 18189 1 tg3
    pps_core 13736 1 ptp

    reggie@reggie-Latitude-D630:~$ sudo rfkill list all
    [sudo] password for reggie:

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    Re: wireless is disabled by hardware switch - natty 11.04

    Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4312] (rev 01)
    Please get a temporary ethernet connection and do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source
    sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
    Detach the ethernet, reboot and let us hear your report.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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