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I am running ubuntu 11.04 on a laptop and recently both bluetooth and wireless internet stopped working for no reason (maybe because of an update? accidentally pressing a key combination?).

ifconfig -a gives me eth0, lo, and wlan. nm-tool gives me eth0 and wlan are unavailable. Running lshw -C network, recognizes wireless interface but says -netwok DISABLED. Running rfkill list lists Bluetooth and Wireless Lan.

Both bluetooth and wireless are disabled in windows too.

I tried to play with Fn-Fx keys; no luck. Not sure what to do now.

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closed as too localized by Jjed, Tom Brossman, John S Gruber, hbdgaf, Mitch Sep 6 '12 at 4:30

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Hello, if this is happening crossplatform, it suggests that nothing in Ubuntu is causing/can fix it. Make sure you haven't switched then a physical hardware button (frequently located on the F1-12 row). I've voted this question for closure as there's nothing really to answer. – Jjed Sep 5 '12 at 20:59

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The fact this is happening cross platform suggests to me either a hardware switch or hardware failure.

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how can I make sure it's hardware failure or no?! – eli Sep 4 '12 at 23:28
I just realized that there is a little button on the side of the laptop that turns wifi on/off. It slides easily. Stupid design ! there is already Fn-F5 for that. – eli Sep 4 '12 at 23:42

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