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My Dell Mini 1018 used to work fine with Ubuntu 12.04 with no problems connecting with the wireless card. Then I made the big mistake of attempting to disable WiFi by right-clicking on the wireless applet and un-checking "Enable Wireless." Since then, I cannot get wireless working again. The wireless applet reports that "wireless is disabled by hardware switch" but there is no hardware switch on this computer. Issuing a rfkill list yields the following:

0: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
      Soft blocked: yes
      Hard block:   yes
1: phy0: Wireless LAN
      Soft blocked: no
      Hard blocked: yes

I'm in way over my head, and my computer is now useless. Help!!!

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Does rfkill unblock all do anything? – mikewhatever Oct 17 '12 at 10:26
do you have to go into your bios everytime ??? – user252696 Feb 26 '14 at 20:15

Go into BIOS and select restore from defaults. That has worked for me every time. The rfkill command does nothing.

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