My wireless card is hard blocked in any linux distro I install but there is no physical switch on netbook or on wifi card itself...I runned following commands :

inxi -N :

Network: Card-1: Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath9k
Card-2: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169

sudo rfkill list:

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

any suggestions??

  • Usually there is a Fn+key of somesort to switch stuff on/off - e.g. Fn+F8 - is there a wireless symbol corresponding to your wireless Fn + key combination?
    – fossfreedom
    Jan 22, 2013 at 13:31
  • yes fn+f8 is the wireless switch key but the problem is it doesnt work....and all other function keys work :P
    – dg91
    Jan 22, 2013 at 13:51
  • please add the output of sudo lshw -class network to your question. Also look under the battery compartments - sometimes there is a slider, pushbutton there hidden away for wireless stuff.
    – fossfreedom
    Jan 22, 2013 at 13:55

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I had the same problem with my Toshiba c600. Installed Windows once and turned on Wi-Fi in there. After that, booted linux and the Fn+F8 key works to swith wifi on and off.

Still can't use the laptop to share the wifi connection, but it connects to other wifi signals.

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