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I have recently purchased a Novatech nFinity N1410 laptop and am having problems with the wireless, which

sudo lshw -C network 

tells me is Centrino Wireless-N 2230 and using the iwlwifi driver.

The problem is that after the device has been suspended, I am not able to get the wireless working again without a restart. The network indicator states that the wireless disabled by hardware switch.

Though Fn+F2 is meant to be the wireless switch,


tells me that the system doesn't see it as anything at all when I press this hardware combination. Also, though the brightness up/down buttons work fine, the volume up/down buttons do not work either.

What can I do to fix this? I am running Ubuntu 12.10 with all available updates installed.

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Are you sure you haven't bumped a switch anywhere on the outside of your laptop? I've done that on more than one occasion. – DaimyoKirby Jan 14 '13 at 0:16
@DaimyoKirby The hardware Fn button is Fn + F2, however this does not do anything at all. Also, after a restart, the wireless starts working again. – fahadayaz Jan 14 '13 at 16:30

I've been looking into buying one of these and have been looking for potential problems, looks like your solution can be found in the novatech forums:

  1. Simply created a new file called
  2. Inserted the below code and save:

    # Simple bash script to fix resume from suspend issues...
    # Place this script in /etc/pm/sleep.d/
    # then chmod +x /etc/pm/sleep.d/
    case $1 in
        /sbin/modprobe -r brcm80211
        /sbin/modprobe -r brcm80211
        /sbin/modprobe brcm80211
        /sbin/modprobe brcm80211
  3. Placed it in /etc/pm/sleep.d/

  4. Made it executable:

    sudo chmod +x /etc/pm/sleep.d/


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i had the same problem and i have no hardware switch just F2 for disabling and enabling wifi instead of using unblock wifi try blocking it using

$ sudo rfkill block wifi 

i know it sounds crazy but it worked for me and i'm using a dell laptop and we have the same wifi driver after using unblock

1: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes

after using block

1: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no

and to remove the soft block just click on the wifi button on the top right corner of your unity desktop and select Enable Wi-Fi

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Try this solution

You can use this command to unblock all wireless devices: From the terminal,

sudo rfkill unblock all

You can also run

rfkill list all 

to find out whether it is a software block or rather a hardware block

You may have to reinstall the driver

sudo modprobe iwlwifi

If wireless begins working again, you can create scripts in /etc/pm to do this each time you suspend and resume.

gksudo gedit /etc/pm/config.d/modules

...and added the line...

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Unfortunately, this does not work. rfkill says that my wireless is hard blocked. However, my hardware switch, Fn + F2 doesn't register as doing anything at all. The wireless is fixed after a reboot. – fahadayaz Jan 14 '13 at 16:26

For my dell D630 notebook, the following has worked, to solve the "Soft blocked: yes" wifi after a suspend:

sudo rmmod wl
sudo modprobe wl

After typing this the wifi has returned. No reboot required anymore, a success!

Seems re-initializing the kernel module solves the problem.

(wl, the wireless kernel module, I have a broadcom wifi, the kernel module name might differ)

You might try this at /etc/pm/sleep.d/ when the system is returning from a suspend as noted by John White.

I have an ubuntu 12.04 64 bit.

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Try installing wicd sudo apt-get install wicd and completely remove network-manager sudo apt-get remove --purge network-manager-gnome network-manager it fixed all Wi-fi problems on my Acer C720 including yours.

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