I am having Ubuntu 16.06LTS and Hp pavilion laptop. And not able to start Wi-Fi. I have used many solutions which are already given on the forum like, 1. rfkill unblock all 2. Removing /dev/rfkill and restarting But none of them worked.

rfkill list shows below output, 0: phy0: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: yes

Thanks in advance

  • What wifi card is this and what driver are you currently using for it?
    – sbergeron
    Mar 21, 2018 at 17:28
  • Wifi card Ralink Corp. RT3290 wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe Mar 21, 2018 at 17:32
  • Is the Wifi Interface being managed by NetworkManager?
    – tstrike
    Mar 21, 2018 at 17:32
  • In setting -> network then Airplane mode is already on.. If I off it and close tab and reopen, then again it change to ON status automatically.. And wireless on off button is not working Mar 21, 2018 at 17:34

1 Answer 1


HP laptops use a module hp-wmi to translate key presses into action; in your case, turn off the hard block and turn on the wireless.

Let’s troubleshoot your problem.

First, check to see if the module hp-wmi is loaded.

lsmod | grep hp

If so, remove it:

sudo modprobe -r hp-wmi
sudo rfkill unblock all
rfkill list all

Any improvement?

  • Sorry for late comment. It is still showing the same error Mar 22, 2018 at 15:34
  • Any further suggestion? Mar 22, 2018 at 17:01
  • Please see my answer and the following comments here: askubuntu.com/questions/983565/… Aside from trying the daily build of Ubuntu 18.04 to see if the bug in hp-wmi is resolved, I haven't any other suggestions. Sorry.
    – chili555
    Mar 22, 2018 at 20:02
  • I have reset the BIOS and it had started, but after 5 mins the problem started again. Mar 25, 2018 at 6:46

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