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Wireless was working fine the last 6 months til yesterday. I get "wireless disabled by hardware switch" now in my menu.

I am running HP pavilion 2000 laptop.

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closed as too localized by Tom Brossman, Ringtail, hbdgaf, Jacob Johan Edwards, jokerdino Sep 12 '12 at 13:37

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What happens when you operate the switch? It's item #4 on page 13 of the service guide (PDF). –  Tom Brossman Sep 7 '12 at 14:05
    
What wireless card? HP usually favors intel...and that is addressed in a question here: askubuntu.com/questions/181862/… –  hbdgaf Sep 10 '12 at 1:17

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Is it a quirk or a feature?

This happens on my HP. Put the machine into that operating system beginning with 'W' and connect to the internets. Now press the button to turn the wireless off (glows red). Pop it back on again (glows blue).

Reboot into the greatest operating system ever - Ubuntu - et voila, internets work.

Obviously something more complicated than that could be going on but, in my experience, it never happen - just the button gets pressed to turn the wifi off - don't do that as it won't come back on!

Maybe a Dymo label printer is what you need for putting a 'do not touch' label next to the button. That would solve the problem...

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Do not have Windows installed. But that key is glowing red...tapped it, turned to blue -- works now. Simple fix, thanks pal –  Rhobenhood Sep 7 '12 at 15:33

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