So I just got rid of Windows 7 starter and installed Xubuntu 12.04 but the network manager after trying to enable wireless says
wireless is disabled by hardware switch
I have googled around and found no solution.
rfkill list says
2: phy0: Wireless LAN Hard blocked: yes
rfkill unblock all doesn't do anything.
I am also 100% sure my switch on the machine is turned on and the Fn+F5 combination doesn't fix it either.
I have tried BIOS reset with no luck and rearranging the boot order with also no luck. The only way I can connect to the Internet on this machine is through USB smartphone WiFi, I think the cable port is broken.
I have also tried with no luck so far:
sudo rfkill unblock all rmmod ath5k && modprobe ath5k rm /dev/rfkill sudo iwconfig wlan0 txpower auto
I'm kind of stuck now and don't know what else to do, my last idea is to reinstall Windows 7 just to turn this WiFi back on but that's the last thing I'd want to do. Thanks.