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  1. #1
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    "Wireless is disabled by hardware switch"

    I've been struggling with this and as I fix one thing another thing pops up. I'm not sure what to do and would really love some help. Thanks in advance.

    I've heard to type in these codes and this is what it gives with each.

    Code:
    cat /etc/lsb-release
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS"
    Code:
    uname -a
    Linux giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA 3.2.0-29-generic-pae #46-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 27 17:25:43 UTC 2012 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
    Code:
    dmesg | grep -ie firm
    [    0.076004] [Firmware Warn]: MTRR: CPU 0: SYSCFG[MtrrFixDramModEn] not cleared by BIOS, clearing this bit
    [   26.138604] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [   26.138611] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [   26.138616] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    [  978.973278] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  978.973285] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  978.973290] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    05:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:3091]
    	Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    --
    05:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN [103c:1355]
    	Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Code:
    lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Code:
    lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    snd_atiixp_modem       18604  5
    snd_via82xx_modem      18377  0
    snd_intel8x0m          18498  0
    joydev                 17393  0
    hp_wmi                 13652  0
    sparse_keymap          13658  1 hp_wmi
    arc4                   12473  2
    b43                   342643  0
    snd_atiixp             19337  2
    snd_seq_midi           13132  0
    pcmcia                 39791  0
    snd_rawmidi            25424  1 snd_seq_midi
    mac80211              436455  1 b43
    bnep                   17830  2
    rfcomm                 38139  0
    snd_ac97_codec        106082  4 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_intel8x0m,snd_atiixp
    ac97_bus               12642  1 snd_ac97_codec
    bluetooth             158438  8 bnep,rfcomm
    parport_pc             32114  0
    radeon                737789  3
    ppdev                  12849  0
    snd_seq_midi_event     14475  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_pcm                80845  7 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_intel8x0m,snd_atiixp,snd_ac97_codec
    snd_seq                51567  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              28931  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    cfg80211              178679  2 b43,mac80211
    yenta_socket           27465  0
    psmouse                72919  0
    snd_seq_device         14172  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    k8temp                 12905  0
    bcma                   25651  1 b43
    ttm                    65344  1 radeon
    drm_kms_helper         45466  1 radeon
    drm                   197692  5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    snd                    62064  22 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_intel8x0m,snd_atiixp,snd_rawmidi,snd_ac97_codec,snd_seq,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    pcmcia_rsrc            18367  1 yenta_socket
    pcmcia_core            21511  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
    serio_raw              13027  0
    video                  19068  0
    soundcore              14635  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc         14108  5 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_intel8x0m,snd_atiixp,snd_pcm
    i2c_algo_bit           13199  1 radeon
    wmi                    18744  1 hp_wmi
    i2c_piix4              13093  0
    ati_agp                13242  0
    shpchp                 32325  0
    mac_hid                13077  0
    lp                     17455  0
    parport                40930  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    ssb                    50691  1 b43
    8139too                23283  0
    8139cp                 26759  0
    pata_atiixp            12999  2

  2. #2
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    Re: "Wireless is disabled by hardware switch"

    Here is this information also.

    Code:
    giselle@giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA:~$ sudo lshw -C network
      *-network:0             
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 10
           serial: 00:c0:9f:a8:4d:57
           size: 10Mbit/s
           capacity: 100Mbit/s
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
           configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 duplex=half latency=64 link=no maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
           resources: irq:18 ioport:a000(size=256) memory:c0208000-c02080ff
      *-network:1
           description: Network controller
           product: BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 2
           bus info: pci@0000:05:02.0
           version: 02
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master
           configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=64
           resources: irq:20 memory:c0204000-c0205fff
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 1
           logical name: wlan0
           serial: 00:90:4b:f1:4e:80
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b43 driverversion=3.2.0-35-generic-pae firmware=N/A link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
    
    giselle@giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    05:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:3091]
    	Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    --
    05:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN [103c:1355]
    	Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    
    giselle@giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     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
              Power Management:on
              
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    giselle@giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA:~$ rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    1: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: yes
    
    giselle@giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA:~$ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    nls_iso8859_1          12617  1
    nls_cp437              12751  1
    vfat                   17308  1
    fat                    55605  1 vfat
    uas                    17828  0
    usb_storage            39646  1
    joydev                 17393  0
    hp_wmi                 13652  0
    sparse_keymap          13658  1 hp_wmi
    arc4                   12473  2
    b43                   342669  0
    snd_atiixp             19337  2
    snd_seq_midi           13132  0
    snd_atiixp_modem       18604  5
    snd_ac97_codec        110213  2 snd_atiixp,snd_atiixp_modem
    ac97_bus               12642  1 snd_ac97_codec
    pcmcia                 39826  0
    mac80211              436493  1 b43
    snd_rawmidi            25424  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_pcm                80916  5 snd_atiixp,snd_atiixp_modem,snd_ac97_codec
    radeon                737926  3
    snd_seq_midi_event     14475  1 snd_seq_midi
    ttm                    65344  1 radeon
    snd_seq                51592  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    drm_kms_helper         45466  1 radeon
    drm                   197641  5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    psmouse                86520  0
    cfg80211              178877  2 b43,mac80211
    snd_timer              28931  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14172  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    serio_raw              13027  0
    bcma                   25651  1 b43
    yenta_socket           27465  0
    pcmcia_rsrc            18367  1 yenta_socket
    pcmcia_core            21511  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
    k8temp                 12905  0
    snd                    62218  20 snd_atiixp,snd_atiixp_modem,snd_ac97_codec,snd_rawmidi,snd_pcm,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    rfcomm                 38139  0
    i2c_algo_bit           13199  1 radeon
    bnep                   17830  2
    parport_pc             32114  0
    soundcore              14635  1 snd
    bluetooth             158479  10 rfcomm,bnep
    ppdev                  12849  0
    snd_page_alloc         14108  3 snd_atiixp,snd_atiixp_modem,snd_pcm
    i2c_piix4              13093  0
    video                  19068  0
    shpchp                 32325  0
    ati_agp                13242  0
    mac_hid                13077  0
    wmi                    18744  1 hp_wmi
    lp                     17455  0
    parport                40930  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    8139too                23283  0
    pata_atiixp            12999  2
    8139cp                 26759  0
    ssb                    50691  1 b43
    
    giselle@giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA:~$ sudo cat /var/log/syslog |grep -e b43 -e wl -e firmware -e wlan0 | tail -n35
    Dec 24 09:37:49 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [   27.129377] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    Dec 24 09:37:49 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [   27.129685] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    Dec 24 09:37:49 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): device state change: unavailable -> unavailable (reason 'none') [20 20 0]
    Dec 24 09:37:49 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:37:49 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): deactivating device (reason 'none') [0]
    Dec 24 09:37:49 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]:    SCPlugin-Ifupdown: devices added (path: /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.4/0000:05:02.0/ssb0:0/net/wlan0, iface: wlan0)
    Dec 24 09:37:49 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]:    SCPlugin-Ifupdown: device added (path: /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.4/0000:05:02.0/ssb0:0/net/wlan0, iface: wlan0): no ifupdown configuration found.
    Dec 24 09:38:22 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:38:22 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [   59.985288] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    Dec 24 09:38:22 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [   59.985295] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    Dec 24 09:38:22 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [   59.985300] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    Dec 24 09:38:58 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): device state change: unavailable -> unavailable (reason 'none') [20 20 0]
    Dec 24 09:38:58 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:38:58 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): deactivating device (reason 'none') [0]
    Dec 24 09:39:09 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:39:10 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  107.454565] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    Dec 24 09:39:10 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  107.454572] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    Dec 24 09:39:10 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  107.454578] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    Dec 24 09:39:13 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): device state change: unavailable -> unavailable (reason 'none') [20 20 0]
    Dec 24 09:39:13 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:39:13 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): deactivating device (reason 'none') [0]
    Dec 24 09:39:14 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:39:15 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  112.788531] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    Dec 24 09:39:15 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  112.788542] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    Dec 24 09:39:15 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  112.788551] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    Dec 24 09:39:22 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): device state change: unavailable -> unavailable (reason 'none') [20 20 0]
    Dec 24 09:39:22 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:39:22 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): deactivating device (reason 'none') [0]
    Dec 24 09:51:53 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:51:53 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  871.200491] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    Dec 24 09:51:53 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  871.200502] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    Dec 24 09:51:53 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA kernel: [  871.200511] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    Dec 24 09:51:55 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): device state change: unavailable -> unavailable (reason 'none') [20 20 0]
    Dec 24 09:51:55 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): bringing up device.
    Dec 24 09:51:55 giselle-HP-Pavilion-ze2000-EC196UA-ABA NetworkManager[720]: <info> (wlan0): deactivating device (reason 'none') [0]

  3. #3
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    Re: "Wireless is disabled by hardware switch"

    Do the responses {missing firmware} look familiar in post 13 of this thread? Post 14 gives you the answer.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...hlight=BCM4318
    Last edited by bkratz; December 24th, 2012 at 06:08 PM. Reason: explanation of dmesg shown in first post

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    Re: "Wireless is disabled by hardware switch"

    Oh my gosh thank you so much! I've been working on it for like four days now looking up stuff and trying to figure it out. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction

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    Re: "Wireless is disabled by hardware switch"

    Quote Originally Posted by RaineShadow View Post
    Oh my gosh thank you so much! I've been working on it for like four days now looking up stuff and trying to figure it out. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction


    Sure glad you got it going, good work!

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    Re: "Wireless is disabled by hardware switch"

    Thanks

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