How do I fix a “Wireless is disabled by hardware switch” error?


Try this $ sudo rfkill unblock all

Also hit the key on your keyboard that switches your wifi on and off.

Another method that usually 100% effective is to simply connect your cable wire to your laptop for a few minutes then unplug it. Reboot and your wifi should be working.

Also as mentioned above network manager is buggy.

I like to use WICD because it is a simple and easy to use network manager. Its a very good alternative to network manager in Ubuntu and it seems to always work when Network Manager doesn't. To install it just open up the terminal.

To download and install WICD

sudo apt-get install wicd-gtk

And now you need to uninstall NetworkManager:

sudo apt-get remove --purge network-manager-gnome network-manager

Now you can find WICD in your menu Start WICD, find the network you want to use and enter the information needed, password, encryption, etcetera and choose Automatically Connect to this network. You should be good to...

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Recently I faced following error message in Network Manager indicator in my Ubuntu 12.04 laptop.

“Wireless is disabled by hardware switch”

The catch here is I did not disable the wireless by hardware switch. In Network Manager indicator, I just removed the tick in “Enable Wireless” and again restored the tick again. Basically it was disable and enable wireless in sequence, keeping my Wi-fi hardware slide switch in laptop in ON position only.

Toggling the hardware Wi-Fi switch did not yield any useful result. Reboot was useless. Power shutdown and Power on also failed to restore this status. Though hardware switch is ON, Ubuntu kept saying it was disabled.

rfkill command is handy in this scenariom which is used to control the hardware switches for Wireless.

The following command helps to identify the both hard and soft state of hardware switch. To ensure Wireless to work, we need to ensure that none of these lock is set. Here is what I got.

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I had a similar issue with my HP Pavilion dm4-3055dx, and found the solution (at least in my case, and I'm hoping in all the other cases). The issue was with the Intel Smart Connect Technology driver.

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro, and wireless worked fine. I then went through and manually updated all remaining outdated (seemingly) drivers. After that, the issue began - wireless adapter enabled, but marked with a red X. In Windows 8 settings wifi was marked off (grey) and there was no way to switch it on. The wireless button on my keyboard did nothing (after trying to fix it, I eventually got it to respond, but toggled "airplane" mode on and off...not the wireless adapter)

I finally had to backup ALL of my files and restore my computer to factory settings (Windows 7, wiped clean). I immediately did the Windows 8 upgrade again and everything worked fine, as it did the first time. HP Support Assistant then prompted me that there were a few...

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I have a spartan computer. It has a built-in wireless module that up until recently I've had no issues with. The current problem is this: every time I shutdown the computer and it boots back up, I am unable to "hardware enable" the wireless. In NetworkManager, I am getting a 'grayed out' message that says "wireless is disabled by hardware switch". The hardware switch is enabled (I can see the green led turn on and off when I press the wireless button). The output of rfkill states that it is not soft blocked but IS hard blocked.

I've tried the following (rt73usb is the kernel driver for my integrated wireless module) as root:

rmmod -f rt73usb rfkill unblock all modprobe rt73usb

but it does nothing.

The only way I've been able to 'correct' this issue is to boot into Windows XP (this is a dual-boot machine but F16 is the primary OS of use). Windows does something that reset something. When I reboot back into Fedora, I am able to access my wireless as expected....

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Wireless connectivity is one reason why laptops have become so popular in today’s world. But then there are a wide variety of laptops having a wide combination of parts from different manufacturers. This makes support for wireless vary across laptops with respect to Ubuntu/Linux. Not every laptop’s wireless network connectivity works directly from the installation of Ubuntu/Linux which is apparent from the numerous posts on the issue on the web. One needs to configure and tweak the settings to make it work. One such issue is found in the ThinkpadZ570 as described below.

Issue Faced
Wireless is disabled in Thinkpad Z570 when Ubuntu 11 is installed. The status message in the Network Manager says that the Wireless is disabled by the hardware switch. Wired Ethernet works fine with the Ubuntu 11 on Thinkpad Z570.

Details of the issue

david@david-Ideapad-Z570:~$ uname –a
Linux david-Ideapad-Z570 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:50 UTC...

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There are 2 main reasons why your WiFi is not available after upgrade to Windows 10.

1. The WiFi or the wireless adapter driver is not updated and not compatible with Windows 10. In some cases, the WiFi driver is missing after Windows 10 update.

2. If reinstalling Wi-Fi drivers doesn't help, the problem may be triggered by unsupported VPN software present during the Windows 10 upgrade. If you have an old VPN client, specifically the Cisco VPN client or Sonic Global client, it’s certain that the piece of software is what is causing the no internet connection issue on Windows 10. Uninstall the VPN software.

Microsoft has explained it: “This issue may occur if older VPN software is installed on Windows 8.1 and is present during the upgrade to Windows 10. Older software versions contain a Filter Driver (the Deterministic Network Enhancer) which is not properly upgraded, leading to the issue.”

Wired Ethernet connections may also not function properly, if you...

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When I clicked on hp to detect issues, it came up with these, however, it doesn't tell what it is, nor how to fix.

Here is the message I recieve. however, after going into the thing, click update driver, it does a search and then tells me that I have the best driver, but I still can't access the internet wirelessly.

MpKsl1dfd204b: Device has a problem » More information

MpKsl4438d92a: Device has a problem » More information

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Please could some one help?

Dose any one know how to get around a hard block on Wireless Network Adapter ?

The Wireless Network Adapter works fine in win 10 but WiFi is disabled by hardware switch in Ubuntu Mate 15.04.

There are no settings in the BIOS for the Network Adapter.
The laptops wifi key has no change when it is pressed.

These are the comands i've trid so far

sudo lspci -nn | grep 0280

02:00.0 Network controller [0280] : Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0036] (rev 01)

sudo rfkill list all

0: phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: yes 1: acer-bluetooth: Bluetooth Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no 2: hci0: Bluetooth Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential


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Sometimes a request from your app to our servers takes too long. This can be due to connectivity issues, or the size of the change you're making is too big to handle at that time. For example, you may be uploading a high definition photo to your post. There are a couple of things we can do to help work around this.

Wait a couple minutes and try your action again. There may have a temporary issue that has since been resolved.Check the strength of your data and wifi networks and if you're near your data limit. Certain data limiting settings on your device may cause this issue as well.If it's happening when you're trying to post an item, try reducing the resolution of your camera or images you're uploading. If they're very large it may take too long to upload them to...
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wireless is disabled by hardware switch broadcom wlan drivers ubuntu, fedora, openSUES

Installed new Ubuntu / Pinguy os and not able to use wireless / wlan ? Here is the fix.

This problem is well known and seen many times when we update packages or when we remove windows and install Linux.

First check that you have all required drivers install. Generally Broadcom STA is widely used for wireless LAN / wlan so lets check it safely without installing or removing anything.

Go to System tools > Ubuntu Software Center

and search for broadcom and see something like this.

If drivers are not installed install them and restart your PC.

But if drivers are already installed but you are facing this problem then follow following steps.

open terminal and type

Enter your password. then

See output like this

Now check for the same error ie. wireless is disabled by hardware switch

Probably your problem is...

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I recently installed Debian on a LENOVO 3000 G530.
System information:

Code: Select allroot@cerberus:/# uname -a
Linux cerberus 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Wed Jan 12 03:40:32 UTC 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Everything seems to work fine, except for the wireless. Before I get into the details I should say that the wireless switch is definately in the ON position. The wireless LED comes on as the computer boots, but is turned off before grub loads. The wireless has previously worked with Windows Vista installed, but it does not work with windows XP. I tried to install ubuntu 10.04 on this laptop, but the X server always froze immediately on startup (Intel integrated graphics hates everything), so I installed debian instead, the graphics work but not the wireless. The wired network works fine.

The wireless card is a Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g; I have installed the b43 driver, and used b43fwcutter to extract the firmware for the Broadcom driver. lsmod...

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How do I fix a Wireless is disabled by hardware switch … – Ask Ubuntu

How do I fix a Wireless is disabled by hardware switch … – Ask Ubuntu

If your wireless card shows Hard blocked: yes, then a physical switch on your laptop case is turned off. Turn it on. If your card shows Soft blocked: yes, then you can turn it back on by running rfkill unblock where is replaced by the number from the rfkill list command.

[SOLVED] WiFi is disabled by hardware switch. – Ubuntu Forums

I just got Ubuntu up and running on my Toshiba Satellite laptop this morning. I was using a wired network so that the internet portions of the install would run smoother. Now that I have it up and running I want to get the WiFi working again. After a bunch of work I have stumped myself. I have tried the rfkill …

WiFi is disabled by hardware switch / Hard Block / kernel – Hardware …

Hi,. Please could some one help? Dose any one know how to get around a hard block on Wireless...

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15r 5537. I have it for around 8-9 months or so. Everything was fine with it until yesterday when suddenly neither the WiFi nor the ethernet would connect to the network. This is what i did to overcome the issue:

- Troubleshoot the problem, the result was " Wireless capability is turned off - Not Fixed ".

- Checked Intel PROSet Wireless connection utility and tried to enable Wifi, and the result was Hardware Switch is OFF.

- The switch (via Fn + F2) is already on and always was.

- Since i had a presentation coming up soon, i used System restore suspecting it as a windows update that messed things up, and it still didnt work.

- Disabled/Enabled from Device Manager.

- Clean formatted Windows 7. I have original Windows 7 and 8 with keys, fully activated and installed both of them one by one.

The problem still persists. What do i do?

My drivers are fully updated, the OS is fully...

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