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My hardware wifi switch button doesn't work very well. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. So I've bought a USB wifi key, and it works very well. But there is still a problem, if I touch the wifi button both the wifi card and the USB stop working and I lose my connection.

I've seen a lot of threads about this problem but I still haven't found a solution. I've already seen that the usb wifi actually doesn't became hardware blocked. This is the output from rfkill list command run with the hardware switch on and then off:

Switch ON

rfkill list

0: phy0: Wireless LAN

Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

2: phy2: Wireless LAN

Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

Switch OFF

0: phy0: Wireless LAN

Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes

2: phy2: Wireless LAN

Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

Clearly the built in wifi card is phy0. phy2 seems to be my usb card but I don't think that the problem is from rfkill. I think is something with Ubuntu that makes it think that if I disable my wireless connection it's because I don't want to use wireless at all.

If somebody knows how to make my wifi USB card not turn off when the hardware switch is turned off please let me know.

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closed as too localized by RolandiXor, qbi, Mik, LnxSlck, hhlp Jan 17 '13 at 11:19

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Possibly you will be able to blacklist the physical wifi kernel module - then network manager will not see the hardware switch. Please add the contents of sudo lshw -class network to your question. –  fossfreedom Oct 27 '11 at 18:56
    
This question appears to be abandoned and unanswered, could you perhaps add more detail to your question? If this question no longer applies then you can either delete it or answer it yourself if you've solved the problem. Thanks! –  RolandiXor Jan 17 '13 at 6:06

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