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    How to turn on wireless hardware switch - HP Pavilion dv1000 - Ubuntu 12.04

    Running Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv1000 laptop (some 6 years old),
    having previously run Windows XP with Ubuntu dual-booting on this machine. It then started requiring me to turn wireless connection off and on by a key to activate (on Windows) and not connecting (on Ubuntu). Nework connection is OK, including ethernet cable to router for internet connection.




    “Enable wireless” under the icon is greyed out. No wireless connection is listed, though I believe the software for PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection is included in Ubuntu. -Should I enter details under “Edit Connections / Newtork connections / Wireless “ which is currently blank? (How?)

    Message “wireless is disabled by hardware switch” appears when right clicking the wireless/network icon, so is this a hardware problem (and is it likely to be worth getting a professional to look at it? Or has anyone other suggestions?)


    Following instructions on http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6183681
    Terminal $ iwconfig gives
    lo no wireless extensions.
    Eth0 no wireless extensions
    eth1 IEEE 802.11bg ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Channel: 0 Access Point: Not-Associated
    Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power=off Fragment thrff
    Power Managementn
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwld:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid fraf:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0


    $ iwconfig wlan0 wlan0 No such device
    under $ dmesg (a great deal of information including:
    ipw2200: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
    Kill switch must be turned off for wireless networking to work.
    Attempting to operate the switch did not change this, or cause telltale light to come on.

    Help!

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    Re: How to turn on wireless hardware switch - HP Pavilion dv1000 - Ubuntu 12.04

    Welcome to the forums andrewknight !

    This part of your command outputs suggests that you do have a working wireless interface -
    Quote Originally Posted by andrewknight View Post
    eth1 IEEE 802.11bg ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Channel: 0 Access Point: Not-Associated
    Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power=off Fragment thrff
    Power Managementn
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwld:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid fraf:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
    ..and its logical name being "eth1" suggests it is possibly a broadcom card (?) using "wl" driver.

    Also, you said it was "previously" dualbooting with XP. Is it currently Ubuntu only or still dual booting with some version of Windows? If dual booting, does the wireless interface in question work in Windows?

    Lastly, are you sure you have an intel card? How do you know (sorry if it sounds a stupid question, but the output is suggesting otherwise, although there can be many explanations to it).

    Along with answers to above, please follow the "Wireless Script" link in my signature, download and run the script as per instructions there, and post back the report it generates.

    While posting the outputs, please use 'Code' tags. It preserves the output's formatting and makes the post cleaner, compact and more readable. To see a quick 'HowTo' with screenshots, please follow the "Using Code Tags" link in my signature.
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    Re: How to turn on wireless hardware switch - HP Pavilion dv1000 - Ubuntu 12.04

    Thank you for your help and reply!
    The laptop is now using Ubuntu 12.04 as the only operating system; the dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu was getting very slow, so I re-installed Ubuntu from disc.
    I am not sure about the wireless card; it is the original on an HP Pavilion laptop dv1000 (actually reconditioned and labelled dv1588EA). I also have a Linksys Wireless-G Notebook adapter model WPC54G, if that would work and the internal one not.
    Here is the file generated by your wireless script:
    Code:
    *************** info trace ***************
    
    ***** uname -a *****
    
    Linux andrew-HP-Pavilion-dv1000-EK908EA-ABU 3.5.0-43-generic #66~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Oct 24 14:55:08 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
    
    ***** lsb_release *****
    
    Distributor ID:    Ubuntu
    Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS
    Release:    12.04
    Codename:    precise
    
    ***** lspci *****
    
    06:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:3080]
        Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    --
    06:06.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4220] (rev 05)
        Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company nc6120/nx8220/nw8240 [103c:12f6]
        Kernel driver in use: ipw2200
    
    ***** 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
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    
    ***** PCMCIA Card Info *****
    
    PRODID_1=""
    PRODID_2=""
    PRODID_3=""
    PRODID_4=""
    MANFID=0000,0000
    FUNCID=255
    
    ***** iwconfig *****
    
    eth1      IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Channel:0  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Bit Rate:0 kb/s   Tx-Power=off   Sensitivity=8/0  
              Retry limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    
    
    ***** rfkill *****
    
    0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: yes
        Hard blocked: yes
    1: hp-bluetooth: Bluetooth
        Soft blocked: yes
        Hard blocked: yes
    2: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: yes
        Hard blocked: yes
    
    ***** lsmod *****
    
    ipw2200               146213  0 
    libipw                 46733  1 ipw2200
    cfg80211              181041  2 ipw2200,libipw
    lib80211               14041  2 ipw2200,libipw
    
    ***** nm-tool *****
    
    NetworkManager Tool
    
    State: connected (global)
    
    - Device: eth1 -----------------------------------------------------------------
      Type:              802.11 WiFi
      Driver:            ipw2200
      State:             unavailable
      Default:           no
      HW Address:        <MAC address removed>
    
      Capabilities:
    
      Wireless Properties
        WEP Encryption:  yes
        WPA Encryption:  yes
        WPA2 Encryption: yes
    
      Wireless Access Points 
    
    
    - Device: eth0  [Wired connection 1] -------------------------------------------
      Type:              Wired
      Driver:            8139too
      State:             connected
      Default:           yes
      HW Address:        <MAC address removed>
    
      Capabilities:
        Carrier Detect:  yes
        Speed:           100 Mb/s
    
      Wired Properties
        Carrier:         on
    
      IPv4 Settings:
        Address:         192.168.0.9
        Prefix:          24 (255.255.255.0)
        Gateway:         192.168.0.1
    
        DNS:             192.168.0.1
    
    
    
    ***** NetworkManager.state *****
    
    [main]
    NetworkingEnabled=true
    WirelessEnabled=true
    WWANEnabled=true
    WimaxEnabled=true
    
    ***** NetworkManager.conf *****
    
    [main]
    plugins=ifupdown,keyfile
    dns=dnsmasq
    
    [ifupdown]
    managed=false
    
    ***** interfaces *****
    
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    
    
    ***** iwlist *****
    
    eth1      No scan results
    
    
    ***** resolv.conf *****
    
    nameserver 127.0.0.1
    
    ***** blacklist *****
    
    [/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-ath_pci.conf]
    blacklist ath_pci
    
    [/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf]
    blacklist evbug
    blacklist usbmouse
    blacklist usbkbd
    blacklist eepro100
    blacklist de4x5
    blacklist eth1394
    blacklist snd_intel8x0m
    blacklist snd_aw2
    blacklist i2c_i801
    blacklist prism54
    blacklist bcm43xx
    blacklist garmin_gps
    blacklist asus_acpi
    blacklist snd_pcsp
    blacklist pcspkr
    blacklist amd76x_edac
    
    ***** modinfo *****
    
    filename:       /lib/modules/3.5.0-43-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2x00/ipw2200.ko
    firmware:       ipw2200-bss.fw
    firmware:       ipw2200-sniffer.fw
    firmware:       ipw2200-ibss.fw
    license:        GPL
    author:         Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
    version:        1.2.2kmprq
    description:    Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver
    srcversion:     B0A1B7C62D58999D6D67C20
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00004224sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00004223sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00004221sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00004220sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d0000104Fsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002762bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002761bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002754bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002753bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002752bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002751bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002742bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv0000103Csd00002741bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002741bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002732bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002731bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002722bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002721bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002712bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002711bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002702bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00001043sv00008086sd00002701bc*sc*i*
    depends:        cfg80211,libipw,lib80211
    intree:         Y
    vermagic:       3.5.0-43-generic SMP mod_unload modversions 686 
    parm:           disable:manually disable the radio (default 0 [radio on]) (int)
    parm:           associate:auto associate when scanning (default off) (int)
    parm:           auto_create:auto create adhoc network (default on) (int)
    parm:           led:enable led control on some systems (default 1 on) (int)
    parm:           debug:debug output mask (int)
    parm:           channel:channel to limit associate to (default 0 [ANY]) (int)
    parm:           rtap_iface:create the rtap interface (1 - create, default 0) (int)
    parm:           qos_enable:enable all QoS functionalitis (int)
    parm:           qos_burst_enable:enable QoS burst mode (int)
    parm:           qos_no_ack_mask:mask Tx_Queue to no ack (int)
    parm:           burst_duration_CCK:set CCK burst value (int)
    parm:           burst_duration_OFDM:set OFDM burst value (int)
    parm:           mode:network mode (0=BSS,1=IBSS,2=Monitor) (int)
    parm:           bt_coexist:enable bluetooth coexistence (default off) (int)
    parm:           hwcrypto:enable hardware crypto (default off) (int)
    parm:           cmdlog:allocate a ring buffer for logging firmware commands (int)
    parm:           roaming:enable roaming support (default on) (int)
    parm:           antenna:select antenna 1=Main, 3=Aux, default 0 [both], 2=slow_diversity (choose the one with lower background noise) (int)
    
    
    ***** udev rules *****
    
    # PCI device 0x10ec:/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:06:00.0 (8139too)
    SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="<MAC address removed>", ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"
    
    # PCI device 0x8086:/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:06:06.0 (ipw2200)
    SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="<MAC address removed>", ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth1"
    
    # PCI device 0x168c:/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:06:09.0/0000:07:00.0 (ath5k)
    SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="<MAC address removed>", ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="wlan*", NAME="wlan0"
    
    ***** dmesg *****
    
    [   23.485046] ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.2kmprq
    [   23.485053] ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
    [   23.801683] ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    [   24.743418] ipw2200: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
    [   24.753463] ipw2200: Detected geography ZZR (14 802.11bg channels, 0 802.11a channels)
    [   24.821164] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    [   27.268037] ipw2200: Failed to send POWER_MODE: Command timed out.
    [   33.648060] ipw2200: Failed to send POWER_MODE: Command timed out.
    [ 1603.508191] ipw2200: Failed to send POWER_MODE: Command timed out.
    [ 1605.676486] eth1: Going into suspend...
    [ 1606.374145] eth1: Coming out of suspend...
    [ 1606.495909] ipw2200: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
    [ 1610.340358] ipw2200: Failed to send POWER_MODE: Command timed out.
    [ 1612.700122] ipw2200: Failed to send POWER_MODE: Command timed out.
    
    ****************** done ******************
    I hope that helps!

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    Re: How to turn on wireless hardware switch - HP Pavilion dv1000 - Ubuntu 12.04

    Please show

    Code:
    lsmod
    completely. Check the following:
    • Any button/switch/key/key combination
    • BIOS-reset to default?

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    Re: How to turn on wireless hardware switch - HP Pavilion dv1000 - Ubuntu 12.04

    There is a wireless button (above the keyboard) which does not seem to turn on the telltale light - and was not doing so even when Windows XP would work the wireless if switched off and on again.
    BIOS - I don't know how to access this to check - in Windows it was pressing an f key during startup.
    Code:
    andrew@andrew-HP-Pavilion-dv1000-EK908EA-ABU:~$ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    rfcomm                 38104  0 
    bnep                   17791  2 
    bluetooth             189742  10 rfcomm,bnep
    parport_pc             32115  0 
    ppdev                  12850  0 
    snd_intel8x0           33463  2 
    snd_ac97_codec        106118  1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus               12671  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm                81124  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
    snd_seq_midi           13133  0 
    ipw2200               146213  0 
    snd_rawmidi            25426  1 snd_seq_midi
    pcmcia                 39855  0 
    snd_seq_midi_event     14476  1 snd_seq_midi
    libipw                 46733  1 ipw2200
    snd_seq                51594  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    i915                  479337  3 
    snd_timer              28932  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14138  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    cfg80211              181041  2 ipw2200,libipw
    yenta_socket           27465  0 
    tifm_7xx1              12938  0 
    joydev                 17394  0 
    pcmcia_rsrc            18368  1 yenta_socket
    drm_kms_helper         47459  1 i915
    drm                   240443  4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    tifm_core              15069  1 tifm_7xx1
    pcmcia_core            21512  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
    lib80211               14041  2 ipw2200,libipw
    snd                    62675  11 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    hp_wmi                 13653  0 
    soundcore              14636  1 snd
    sparse_keymap          13659  1 hp_wmi
    snd_page_alloc         14109  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    lpc_ich                16993  0 
    i2c_algo_bit           13317  1 i915
    psmouse                91408  0 
    serio_raw              13032  0 
    microcode              18396  0 
    wmi                    18745  1 hp_wmi
    video                  19117  1 i915
    lp                     17456  0 
    mac_hid                13078  0 
    parport                40931  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    8139too                23312  0 
    firewire_ohci          36110  0 
    firewire_core          61957  1 firewire_ohci
    crc_itu_t              12628  1 firewire_core
    8139cp                 26719  0 
    sdhci_pci              18263  0 
    sdhci                  32293  1 sdhci_pci
    andrew@andrew-HP-Pavilion-dv1000-EK908EA-ABU:~$

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    Re: How to turn on wireless hardware switch - HP Pavilion dv1000 - Ubuntu 12.04

    Entering the BIOS is always the same. Tried

    sudo rfkill unblock all

    ??

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    Re: How to turn on wireless hardware switch - HP Pavilion dv1000 - Ubuntu 12.04

    ..and some BIOS, especially those in some HP models, are programmed to automatically turn the wifi card off when a wired connection is available. See if your BIOS has such a feature, and turn it off if there is.

    Some common problems I have noticed with HP laptop wifi switches over the years : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=12489467
    Make sure your model doesn't have such any switching bugs and you have tried the options suggested in the above linked post.

    The dmesg part in your script output indicates some possibility of a power management problem, but please do what is suggested above as a sanity check first. If all seems good there, please post back the output of :
    Code:
    grep -R [[:alnum:]] /sys/module/{ipw2200,hp_wmi,yenta_socket}/parameters
    Frankly, I know almost nothing about pcmcia stuff, just digging some info out of curiosity. Fortunately for you, praseodym does know and understand the pcmcia cards as far as I know.
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    [SOLVED]: How to turn on wireless hardware switch - HP Pavilion dv1000 - Ubuntu 12.04

    Wonderful! Thank you!
    Tried sudo rfkill unblock all, but no difference.
    Went into BIOS (f10 during very brief HP startup display), and found wireless [enabled], but tried resetting defaults - and it worked!
    Going back into BIOS, the display is the same as when it did not work (ie, it still displays wireless [enabled]), so I don't understand.
    The wireless on/off button now works properly, as does the telltale light - switch off, light goes out, connection is cut. Press again, light comes on, connection quickly re-establishes.
    Many thanks -keep up the good work!

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