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    WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    I have been using Ubuntu and Windows dual boot for over an year now on my HP laptop with Ralink RT3290 wireless card. My wifi worked out of the box on both Windows and Ubuntu. A few days back I decided to update my BIOS from F.18 to F.45 version. After this update my wifi was hard blocked on Ubuntu, although it still worked on Windows. It was even hard blocked on other linux live usbs.

    Code:
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: yes
    I have tried almost every possible solution that have been posted on the internet. Things that I have tried:-

    Toggling physical wifi switch.

    sudo rfkill unblock all

    Disabling fast boot on windows.

    Turning on/off wifi on windows and then trying it on linux.

    Disabling `turn off wifi to save power` in windows.

    Checking `sudo dmesg` for any errors related to the wifi and wifi driver `rt2800pci`

    All these things on Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04, 20.4 and Arch linux live usb.

    Resetting the BIOS. Also my BIOS does not have any option to enable/disable wifi.

    Updating the kernel to 5.9.0

    Black listing hp_wireless and toggling physical wifi switch, black listing hp_wmi and then toggling physical wifi switch. And all possible combination of black listing the above two modules.

    After power off, removing battery, power cord and then holding power button for 1 min. Then putting back the battery, power cord and trying wifi on linux.

    Pray to the lord to do a miracle.

    But nothing worked. What should I do now?

    Some useful information,

    Code:
    $ sudo lshw -C network
      *-network                 
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:08:00.0
           logical name: enp8s0
           version: 07
           serial: 34:64:a9:7c:f9:c3
           size: 10Mbit/s
           capacity: 100Mbit/s
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list  ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
           configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169  driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half firmware=rtl8106e-1_0.0.1 06/29/12  latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
           resources: irq:18 ioport:4000(size=256) memory:b5600000-b5600fff memory:b5400000-b5403fff
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Wireless interface
           product: RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe
           vendor: Ralink corp.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:0a:00.0
           logical name: wlp10s0f0
           version: 00
           serial: 38:b1:db:0e:c2:49
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rt2800pci  driverversion=4.18.0-15-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no  multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
           resources: irq:16 memory:b5510000-b551ffff
      *-network
           description: Ethernet interface
           physical id: 3
           logical name: enp0s20u1
           serial: e6:10:d3:c4:ce:c1
           capabilities: ethernet physical
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rndis_host driverversion=22-Aug-2005 firmware=RNDIS device link=yes multicast=yes
    
    $ ifconfig
    enp0s20u1: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
            inet6 2402:3a80:915:c061:bd59:fca6:7c0e:f4ba  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x0<global>
            inet6 2402:3a80:915:c061:847b:1ace:7982:c38b  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x0<global>
            inet6 fe80::8a40:3adf:c7b3:4023  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
            ether e6:10:d3:c4:ce:c1  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
            RX packets 69289  bytes 55005112 (55.0 MB)
            RX errors 30  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 30
            TX packets 58525  bytes 11380820 (11.3 MB)
            TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
    
    enp8s0: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
            ether 34:64:a9:7c:f9:c3  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
            RX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
            RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
            TX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
            TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
    
    lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 65536
            inet 127.0.0.1  netmask 255.0.0.0
            inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
            loop  txqueuelen 1000  (Local Loopback)
            RX packets 7850  bytes 934318 (934.3 KB)
            RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
            TX packets 7850  bytes 934318 (934.3 KB)
            TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
    
    $ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    wlp10s0f0  IEEE 802.11  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=off   
              Retry short  long limit:2   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              
    enp0s20u1  no wireless extensions.
    
    enp8s0    no wireless extensions.
    
    $ sudo uname -a
    Linux ubuntu 4.18.0-15-generic #16~18.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Feb 7 14:06:04 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    
    $ sudo dmesg
    
    https://paste.ubuntu.com/p/tSwhQ2XW2G/
    I am speculating that rt2800pci is not compatible with my new BIOS version and I need a different driver. I tried building rt3290sta driver but coundn't do it.

    Help :'(

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    Please show

    Code:
    lsmod

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    Output of `lsmod`

    Code:
    $ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    bnep                   20480  2
    intel_rapl             20480  0
    x86_pkg_temp_thermal    16384  0
    intel_powerclamp       16384  0
    coretemp               16384  0
    kvm                   626688  0
    irqbypass              16384  1 kvm
    arc4                   16384  2
    crct10dif_pclmul       16384  0
    rt2800pci              16384  0
    crc32_pclmul           16384  0
    rt2800mmio             16384  1 rt2800pci
    rt2800lib             114688  2 rt2800mmio,rt2800pci
    ghash_clmulni_intel    16384  0
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi     49152  1
    pcbc                   16384  0
    rt2x00pci              16384  1 rt2800pci
    rt2x00mmio             16384  2 rt2800mmio,rt2800pci
    aesni_intel           200704  0
    rt2x00lib              53248  5 rt2x00mmio,rt2x00pci,rt2800mmio,rt2800pci,rt2800lib
    mac80211              802816  3 rt2x00pci,rt2x00lib,rt2800lib
    snd_hda_codec_realtek   106496  1
    snd_hda_codec_generic    73728  1 snd_hda_codec_realtek
    aes_x86_64             20480  1 aesni_intel
    crypto_simd            16384  1 aesni_intel
    snd_hda_intel          40960  4
    cryptd                 24576  3 crypto_simd,ghash_clmulni_intel,aesni_intel
    glue_helper            16384  1 aesni_intel
    uvcvideo               94208  0
    intel_cstate           20480  0
    intel_rapl_perf        16384  0
    videobuf2_vmalloc      16384  1 uvcvideo
    videobuf2_memops       16384  1 videobuf2_vmalloc
    videobuf2_v4l2         24576  1 uvcvideo
    snd_hda_codec         126976  4 snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec_realtek
    videobuf2_common       40960  2 videobuf2_v4l2,uvcvideo
    snd_hda_core           81920  5 snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_codec_realtek
    videodev              188416  3 videobuf2_v4l2,uvcvideo,videobuf2_common
    cfg80211              667648  2 rt2x00lib,mac80211
    snd_hwdep              20480  1 snd_hda_codec
    joydev                 24576  0
    input_leds             16384  0
    snd_pcm                98304  4 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_core
    media                  40960  2 videodev,uvcvideo
    hp_wmi                 16384  0
    sparse_keymap          16384  1 hp_wmi
    serio_raw              16384  0
    rtsx_pci_ms            20480  0
    snd_seq_midi           16384  0
    wmi_bmof               16384  0
    snd_seq_midi_event     16384  1 snd_seq_midi
    hci_uart              110592  0
    lpc_ich                24576  0
    memstick               16384  1 rtsx_pci_ms
    eeprom_93cx6           16384  1 rt2800pci
    btqca                  16384  1 hci_uart
    btbcm                  16384  1 hci_uart
    snd_rawmidi            32768  1 snd_seq_midi
    btintel                20480  1 hci_uart
    snd_seq                65536  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    bluetooth             552960  11 btqca,btintel,hci_uart,btbcm,bnep
    snd_seq_device         16384  3 snd_seq,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi
    snd_timer              32768  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    snd                    81920  19 snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hwdep,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_timer,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi
    mei_me                 40960  0
    mei                    98304  1 mei_me
    soundcore              16384  1 snd
    soc_button_array       16384  0
    ecdh_generic           24576  1 bluetooth
    hp_wireless            16384  0
    mac_hid                16384  0
    sch_fq_codel           20480  2
    parport_pc             36864  0
    ppdev                  20480  0
    lp                     20480  0
    parport                49152  3 parport_pc,lp,ppdev
    ip_tables              28672  0
    x_tables               40960  1 ip_tables
    autofs4                40960  2
    overlay                94208  1
    nls_iso8859_1          16384  1
    dm_mirror              24576  0
    dm_region_hash         20480  1 dm_mirror
    dm_log                 20480  2 dm_region_hash,dm_mirror
    uas                    24576  0
    hid_generic            16384  0
    usb_storage            69632  2 uas
    usbhid                 49152  0
    nouveau              1851392  1
    i915                 1740800  10
    mxm_wmi                16384  1 nouveau
    ttm                   110592  1 nouveau
    i2c_algo_bit           16384  2 i915,nouveau
    drm_kms_helper        172032  2 i915,nouveau
    syscopyarea            16384  1 drm_kms_helper
    sysfillrect            16384  1 drm_kms_helper
    sysimgblt              16384  1 drm_kms_helper
    ahci                   40960  0
    fb_sys_fops            16384  1 drm_kms_helper
    rtsx_pci_sdmmc         24576  0
    psmouse               151552  0
    libahci                32768  1 ahci
    drm                   458752  8 drm_kms_helper,i915,ttm,nouveau
    r8169                  86016  0
    rtsx_pci               65536  2 rtsx_pci_sdmmc,rtsx_pci_ms
    mii                    16384  1 r8169
    video                  45056  2 i915,nouveau
    i2c_hid                20480  0
    hid                   122880  3 i2c_hid,usbhid,hid_generic
    wmi                    24576  4 hp_wmi,wmi_bmof,mxm_wmi,nouveau

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    Ok, try
    Code:
    echo "options hp_wmi wireless=1" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/hp_wmi.conf
    Reboot and check
    Code:
    rfkill list
    If its "Soft Blocked", then run
    Code:
    sudo rfkill unblock all
    Sometimes "FastBoot" in Windows prevents wifi from correctly being deactivated.

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    Didn't work, it is still hard blocked.

    Code:
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
            Soft blocked: no
            Hard blocked: yes
    

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    So, lets try to unload that module
    Code:
    sudo rmmod hp-wmi
    sudo rfkill unblock all

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    No effect. Still hard blocked

    Code:
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
            Soft blocked: no
            Hard blocked: yes

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    What about the BIOS downgrade? Do you really need the latest version?

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    I had this problem and discovered I had accidentally disabled my wifi card by a key combination or switch. Just a thought.
    If you ask for help, do not abandon your request. Please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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    Re: WiFi hard blocked on linux but works on Windows

    I tried downgrading BIOS but my laptop does not allow me to install lower versions( like F.18 and F.43). Install option is grayed out when using the installer. I even created a BIOS recovery USB using the older versions but my laptop ignores the USB when I follow the procedure of flashing BIOS. But when I create BIOS recovery USB with the current version BIOS my laptop recognizes it. Seems like I can only go up the ladder.

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