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After trying to connect to a wired network, then unplugging the wired network and putting it to sleep, upon wakeup the wireless stopped working. Even the network manager has the wireless option greyed out, and when I go into the network settings, it won't allow me to turn it on. Toggling the wireless F2 switch does nothing. Doing an does nothing and sometimes won't give me a new command line. I've tried rebooting several times, and rebooting with earlier updates of Ubuntu.

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on a Dell Inspiron mini 1018

Network controller: Realtek semiconductor, RTL8188CE

RFKill list shows:

  1. dell-wifi: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: Yes Hard blocked: Yes
  2. phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: No Hard blocked: Yes

A lshw shows: ethernet working fine, but wireless interface as DISABLED.

a search for the drivers shows everything installed and detected.

I can't figure out what to do in this. Any help is hugely appreciated.

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In the first paragraph, the "doing an does nothing" should read "doing an rfkill unblock all does nothing." Sorry, it deleted my brackets! –  saint facetious Jun 20 '12 at 19:22
    
Do you have any restricted drivers available to you? –  darryn.ten Jun 21 '12 at 12:38

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