Just installed Ubuntu 13.10, I tried to connect wireless but It didn't detect any network. This is what happens when I check my wireless:

:~$ rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes
1: asus-wlan: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

I've tried with the command:

-rfkill unblock 0

but I guess is only for soft blocks, because don't works after reboot...

How could I fix it this?

I let you check the information about my network card and kernel. The version of ubuntu is in spanish, sorry.

:~$ sudo lshw -c network
[sudo] password for : 
  *-network DESACTIVADO   
       descripción: Interfaz inalámbrica
       producto: AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
       fabricante: Qualcomm Atheros
       id físico: 0
       información del bus: pci@0000:03:00.0
       nombre lógico: wlan0
       versión: 01
       serie: 24:0a:64:14:77:bf
       anchura: 64 bits
       reloj: 33MHz
       capacidades: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical wireless
       configuración: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=3.11.0-15-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
       recursos: irq:17 memoria:f7900000-f797ffff memoria:f7980000-f798ffff
       descripción: Ethernet interface
       producto: RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
       fabricante: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       id físico: 0.2
       información del bus: pci@0000:04:00.2
       nombre lógico: eth0
       versión: 0a
       serie: ac:22:0b:09:91:b2
       tamaño: 100Mbit/s
       capacidad: 1Gbit/s
       anchura: 64 bits
       reloj: 33MHz
       capacidades: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuración: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=full firmware=rtl8411-1_0.0.3 06/18/12 ip= latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100Mbit/s
       recursos: irq:45 ioport:d000(size=256) memoria:f2104000-f2104fff memoria:f2100000-f2103fff

Furthermore I want to say that this same problem happened with the last versions of Linux Mint (15 and 16).

P.S: I've looked everywhere on this forum but I haven't found solution.

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As you stated, it's obviously the hardware switch causing this issue.

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

So my advise would be:

  • Try to press [Fn] + ((i))

    where Fn is the hardware switch key on laptop keyboards
    and ((i)) one of the [F1]-[F12] keys for the wireless device.
  • Try to disable your wireless card in your BIOS, reboot your machine and re-enable the device again.
  • Finnally check if the hard block is gone.
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