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    Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    Hey guys I have a Lenovo Idea Pad and I tried seeing how Debian was and then I thought naah, when I went back to Ubuntu my wireless has been Hard Blocked for no reason, the Wireless Switch is in On and I have tried pressing Fn + F5 (Wireless) this is the rfkill list all result:
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu-Lenovo:~$ rfkill list all
    0: ideapad_wlan: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    1: ideapad_bluetooth: Bluetooth
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    2: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: yes
    ubuntu@ubuntu-Lenovo:~$
    I tried rfkill unblock all but nothing is fixing it, I tried rebooting

    this is my lspci -nn result:
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge [8086:a010]
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:a011]
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:a012]
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:27d8] (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 [8086:27d0] (rev 02)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 3 [8086:27d4] (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:27c8] (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:27c9] (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:27ca] (rev 02)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:27cb] (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:27cc] (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller [8086:27bc] (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller [8086:27c1] (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller [8086:27da] (rev 02)
    05:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 02)
    09:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002b] (rev 01)
    I would love for someone to help me because I am flipping out, thanks guys I hope you help

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    Hello and welcome to the forums. You have a common problem as I have had the same with my Asus laptop which has the same wireless adapter (Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter) To fix it, first post the output from terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) of this input
    Code:
    lsmod
    to see what driver module you have installed.

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    lsmod results:
    Code:
    Module                  Size  Used by
    parport_pc             32114  0 
    ppdev                  12849  0 
    joydev                 17393  0 
    rfcomm                 38408  0 
    bnep                   17923  2 
    bluetooth             148839  10 rfcomm,bnep
    snd_hda_codec_realtek   254125  1 
    arc4                   12473  2 
    ath9k                 112711  0 
    mac80211              393459  1 ath9k
    snd_hda_intel          24262  2 
    snd_hda_codec          91754  2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep              13276  1 snd_hda_codec
    uvcvideo               67271  0 
    snd_pcm                80435  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    videodev               85626  1 uvcvideo
    snd_seq_midi           13132  0 
    snd_rawmidi            25241  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event     14475  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                51567  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    ath9k_common           13599  1 ath9k
    ath9k_hw              293933  2 ath9k,ath9k_common
    snd_timer              28932  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14172  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    psmouse                73673  0 
    ath                    19387  2 ath9k,ath9k_hw
    serio_raw              12990  0 
    cfg80211              172392  3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
    snd                    55902  13 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    ideapad_laptop         13575  0 
    soundcore              12600  1 snd
    sparse_keymap          13658  1 ideapad_laptop
    snd_page_alloc         14115  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    binfmt_misc            17292  1 
    i915                  505159  3 
    drm_kms_helper         32889  1 i915
    drm                   192194  4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit           13199  1 i915
    wmi                    18744  0 
    video                  18908  1 i915
    lp                     17455  0 
    parport                40930  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    ums_realtek            13096  0 
    usb_storage            44173  1 ums_realtek
    uas                    17699  0 
    ahci                   21634  2 
    libahci                25727  1 ahci
    r8169                  43104  0

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    Hi,

    try this:

    Code:
    sudo modprobe -rfv ath9k
    sudo rfkill unblock all
    sudo modprobe -v ath9k
    Check it again. Other methods are: Pressing the keys/buttons permanently or repeatedly during boot-up, check the BIOS settings if it can be activated there, or reset the BIOS.

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    What praseodym advised should work but to keep from having to do that every time you restart, you may need to blacklist the wmi module from loading on boot-up
    Code:
    sudo su
    echo "blacklist wmi" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    then reboot

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    none of them worked, wireless is still hard blocked

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    Forgot to have you do this:

    Code:
    gksu gedit /etc/rc.local
    Add one line above Exit 0

    Code:
    rfkill unblock all
    Proofread, save and close gedit. Then reboot

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    Quote Originally Posted by pastalavista View Post
    Forgot to have you do this:

    Code:
    gksu gedit /etc/rc.local
    Add one line above Exit 0

    Code:
    rfkill unblock all
    Proofread, save and close gedit. Then reboot
    do you mean add
    Code:
    rfkill unblock all
    one line above exit 0?

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    yes

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    Re: Wireless Became Hard Blocked

    Still says it is disabled by hardware switch (Hard Blocked)

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