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  1. #1
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    Red face Hard and soft blocked

    Hello, this is my first post in Ubuntu forums. I beg for your help - literally - because I am in absolute need of fixing it.

    So, let me get to the point. I have a Presario CQ57 laptop in which I had Ubuntu 12.10. Everything seemed to work fine, until the wireless led of the laptop turned - irreversibly as it proved to be - orange. ( orange=off, blue=on)

    When I tried to re-enable the wireless through the system settings, nothing happened. The ON status stayed as it was for less than a second and then OFF again. So, I tried some things, got desperate and thought it would be a problem of the specific Ubuntu 12.10. I decided to download Lubuntu 12.10 on another pc and installed it in my laptop, erasing Ubuntu completely.

    But, the problem persisted. I tried and tried lots of solutions that I found on threats marked as [SOLVED] but none worked. I am a true noob when it comes to fixing those things, so please, if someone can help, I would appreciate it so much.

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    Re: Wireless network problem, please help

    Could you open a terminal, and type the following command:

    Code:
    rfkill list
    then paste the output in your next post. The output should look similar to this:

    Code:
     rfkill list
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    1: brcmwl-0: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    2: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no

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    Re: Wireless network problem, please help

    Thank you for your reply. I did as you said. Here are the results:


    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: yes
    1: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no

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    Re: Wireless network problem, please help

    I had similar situation on a friend`s HP compaq lappy...Solution was to enter the BIOS and choose BIOS default settings, save and reboot. And wifi led turned blue (on) by itself and everything worked fine after that. Was very weird expirience for me...

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    Red face Re: Wireless network problem, please help

    thank you for posting your reply, but the solution you suggested didn't work for me. I entered the BIOS as well, but when I rebooted the led was still off for me. This problem has tortured me for many days now, so if someone has a solution they can propose, I would be more than grateful.

  6. #6
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    Re: Wireless network problem, please help

    "hard blocked" (above) means that the _hardware_ is blocking the
    use of wi-fi, which generally means there is an Fn plus another button
    combo which allows the _hardware_ to turn on or off the wi-fi stuff
    (sending radio signals from your laptop to the access point takes
    battery power, and most manufacturers give you a switch to turn that off
    when you don't want your battery running down while NOT needed wi-fi,
    see?) so, check your user manual and be sure to unblock, then:

    "soft blocked" means your software is blocking this use of wi-fi,
    here (and i hope there) i find a Network Manager icon in the "tray"
    (but, i don't know if you have a 'tray' because you have not declared
    your desktop environment (and not all DEs have a tray)...and, if i left
    click on that icon i see a place to switch the wi-fi from enable to
    disable to enable . . .

    with the hardware unblocked, then enable wi-fi and it will probably do
    that...

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