I saw my old Notebook yesterday and wanted to make that work again. On Windows XP the wireless worked still fine. Then I installed new Ubuntu 11.10 32bit and I'm sadly not able to make the wireless enabled. [I replaced Win XP entirely]
lspci lists following network:
08:0a.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
So after recommendation from this link I installed the b43 firmware module.
iwconfig prints the following:
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:off/any Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associatd Tx-Power=off Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Power Management: off
As you can see, my wireless lan adapter is not turned on.
sudo iwconfig wlan0 txpower auto
Doesn't change anything. Then I tried to make it work with rfkill.
rfkill list 0: phy0: Wirless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: yes sudo rfkill unblock all rfkill list 0: phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: yes
remains the same.
The question is now, how I could enable the hard blocked wireless LAN. There is no hardware switch for wlan integrated. However there is a button to change the state. I always thought this would be software sided, but it seems to make some hardware changes as well... The wireless LED is also not blinking (as it did on windows xp)
I reset bios and searched for some settings in there, but it has only a few options and nothing to do with wireless settings, nothing works here..
At last I tried to install the acer hotkeys but I was not able to manage that. I installed the
acerhkgui package, but in initializing progress, it was not able to compile acer hotkeys for my machine. There was a message that
asm/linkage.h was not found while compiling.
Do you have any ideas what I could do to make this hard blocked stuff disabled and my wireless card work?
PS: I also tried
sudo rm /dev/rfkill and a reboot to reinit that stuff... No success :(