Ubuntu Networking :: HP Pavilion Wireless Enable/Disable Button / "Wireless Disabled By Hardware Switch"?
May 11, 2011
I've had a host of problems since upgrading to 11.04 Natty Narwhal, so let's deal with these 1 at a time.
I've got a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion G60 laptop. Next to the power button is a handy wireless on/off button. This has always worked well with previous editions (9.04,through 10.10). first press toggles the wireless off, second press toggles it on.
Not so in 11.04. The toggle off works great, first time. But, it will not toggle back on. Not after any number of tries, not after restarting, not after booting into other OS's (9.10 and Vista) re-enabling it there and then booting back into Narwhal. to further complicate the issue, this feature bypass the network manager, so toggling the wireless off by the switch leaves me showing no wireless adapter in the network manager. I also restarted, switched from Unity to a Gnome session, but the issue still persists.
As my only network options are wireless, this has become a substantial inconvenience.
EDIT: so the network util is actually saying "wireless disabled by hardware switch". Also noticed it I enable it in 9.10, reboot to 11.04 (where I inevitably fail to re-enable it), then reboot into 9.10, it will initially be disabled. The key difference is in 9.10 I have the ability to enable wifi using the hardware button. It seems that 11.04 is remembering that wireless is disabled between boots. Is there a place it might be storing this value? If so, I may be able simply to set the value as enabled, since toggling that silly button isn't working.
found this thread:"Wireless disabled by hardware switch" bug? - Natty
seems to be a similar issue. I'll be following how that one develops, too.
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I tried to capture the hardware address of the LED but it was a failure! (previously I configured Touchpad ON/OFF switch by myself writing a small script after retrieving values from dmesg)...
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The problem is i cannot access wifi. The network manager says the wireless is disabled by hardware switch.
My hardware switch for wireless (on the laptop) is infact ON.
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When I enter rfkill list in terminal, it returns the following:
0: phy1: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: yes Hard blocked: yes 1: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: yes
I'm not really sure what this output means. I wasn't able to find any threads the addressed this issue specifically. If there is a quick and easy solution to this issue, or if this is a known problem with no solution, I'd like to know either way.
p.s. if it helps, lspci -v lists the wireless card as: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
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