Solution to ‘Wireless disabled by Hardware switch’ on Mint

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Solution to ‘Wireless disabled by Hardware switch’ on Mint

Postby Zorba on Mon May 20, 2013 2:09 pm

To get back your wifi to start working, type in the following:
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sudo rfkill list


You will get back something like this:

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


As you could see (0,2) the Wireless Lan has been soft blocked. We need to unblock it to get it up and working properly:

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sudo rfkill unblock 0


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sudo rfkill unblock 2


Restart your networking:

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sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart


There you go. Wifi is working again :D
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