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Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:33 pm
by big_pete123
Everytime I try to turn wireless on, it just either doesn't move, or it moves for a second and moves straight back. I noticed that no matter what I do, Aeroplane mode is always set to on, And when I switch it off, I open the network settings and it's straight back to on again.

I have a dell mini 1018 model, and There are no wifi switches etc, except for the function 1 button which the wireless button on the f1 key doesn't work. So I'd be confident in saying it's not that function button.

Re: Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:05 pm
by dagon

Re: Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 7:28 am
by big_pete123
That didn't help sorry :( Any other ideas?

Thanks for the welcome to the forums.

When I type sudpo rfkill list it comes up with

1: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
Soft Blocked: yes
Hard Blocked: yes
2: dell-bluetooth: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: yes
Hard Blocked: no
3: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft Blocked: no
Hard Blocked: Yes

I don't know if that helps at all.

Any help is appreciated.

Re: Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:41 pm
by jlickliter83
I am totally new to the whole Linux experience. I have an HP DV9000 notebook that I just installed Mint 13 on. The wifi is driving me crazy....... I beleive that "airplane mode" is what is stopping me from turning wifi on but I cannot turn it off by clicking the switch. THERE MUST BE ANOTHER WAY! :evil:

Re: Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:12 pm
by dfaw
I had the same problem today with my sony vaio running Mint 13.
rfkill list revealed
0: sony-wifi: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no
1: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: yes

I solved it by using
rfkill unblock all

I hope this helps

Re: Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:58 pm
by DisplacedMic
Having the same problem.

everything was working fine until today - no wifi. wireless card appears to be off because airplane mode is on. i can turn it off, but it comes right back on as soon as i close the window. rebooting is no help.

rfkill list yields the following:

0: ideapad_wlan: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes

1: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes

rfkill unblock all doesn't do anything.

any ideas?

Re: Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:37 pm
by znerom
I ran into this problem recently on my Toshiba Laptop and discovered that the problem was I had used the keyboard shortcut to disable wireless and that hitting the keyboard shortcut again (it's a toggle) fixed the problem.

Re: Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:17 am
by youknowyouloveit
dfaw wrote:I solved it by using
rfkill unblock all

I hope this helps


Worked like a charm on my Vaio, thanks for the tip dfaw :D

Re: Aeroplane mode stuck to On, Wireless will not work.

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:42 am
by danburgess67
I had the same problem on my Sony Vaio and "rfkill unblock all" did the job for me. Thanks everybody!