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    Question Cannot re-connect wireless network after I disconnected it

    I disconnected Wireless network from the network drop down menu to test the wired network. Now I cannot find any way of reconnecting Wireless. Symptoms are:

    • Network drop down menu says "Wireless is disabled by hardware switch"
    • SystemSettings/Network/Wireless lists the Wireless MAC address, and says "Wireless Unavailable". It has a virtual on/off switch which shows "OFF". If I try to toggle it to "ON", it drops back to "OFF" as soon as I pull the mouse away from it.
    • The computer does have a hardware switch for wireless which is in the "ON" position, and the Wireless does comes on normally if I boot into Windows7
    • The command "sudo lshw -C network" displays lists the wireless network as:
      • *-network DISABLED
        description: Wireless interface
        product: AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
        vendor: Atheros Communications Inc., etc., etc.

    • The Wireless hardware switch incorporates an indicator light which should glow on, and it does with Windows7, and it did with Ubuntu as well, but not now.

    I did not expect my act of soft disconnection to almost change the hardware! Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Cannot re-connect wireless network after I disconnected it

    Quote Originally Posted by zurga View Post
    [*]Network drop down menu says "Wireless is disabled by hardware switch"
    [*]The computer does have a hardware switch for wireless which is in the "ON" position, and the Wireless does comes on normally if I boot into Windows7
    [*]The Wireless hardware switch incorporates an indicator light which should glow on, and it does with Windows7, and it did with Ubuntu as well, but not now.

    What happens if you turn the hardware switch (not the menu switch) off then on again?

    If the system thinks the hardware switch is in the 'off' position, then it will corectly refuse to turn it back on in software. That is precisely why the hardware switch exists. (And there are ways around it.)

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    Re: Cannot re-connect wireless network after I disconnected it

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesehead View Post
    What happens if you turn the hardware switch (not the menu switch) off then on again?

    If the system thinks the hardware switch is in the 'off' position, then it will corectly refuse to turn it back on in software. That is precisely why the hardware switch exists. (And there are ways around it.)
    You have expressed it exactly: The system thinks the hardware switch is "OFF", to the extent that even the indicator light does not glow. I have tried already tried various combinations of turning the h/w switch on & off, with no consequence.

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    Thumbs up Re: Cannot re-connect wireless network after I disconnected it

    I spent the best part of a day to resolve the problem. The command

    • zurga@ubuntu:~$ iwconfig

    displayed many lines including

    • wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"Emmanuelle"

    indicating that wlan0 is the network to be examined. The command

    • zurga@ubuntu:~$ ip link show | grep wlan0

    displayed the line

    • 3: wlan0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state DOWN qlen 1000

    indicating the problem to be 'state DOWN'. So I used the command

    • zurga@ubuntu:~$ sudo ip link set wlan0 up

    to get the state to go up, but it returned

    • RTNETLINK answers: Operation not possible due to RF-kill

    which indicated rfkill problem. Used the rfkill command to determine the problem:

    • zurga@ubuntu:~$ rfkill list

    which returned:

    • 0: sony-wifi: Wireless LAN


    • Soft blocked: yes


    • Hard blocked: no


    • 1: phy0: Wireless LAN


    • Soft blocked: yes
    • Hard blocked: yes

    indicating wireless LAN (wlan0) is blocked. Hence unblocking and listing the state again:

    • zurga@ubuntu:~$ rfkill unblock 0 wlan
    • zurga@ubuntu:~$ rfkill list
    • 0: sony-wifi: Wireless LAN
    • Soft blocked: no
    • Hard blocked: no
    • 1: phy0: Wireless LAN
    • Soft blocked: yes
    • Hard blocked: no

    Now nothing is hard blocked. So repeating

    • zurga@ubuntu:~$ sudo ip link set wlan0 up

    this time it worked, and wlan0 burst into life.

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