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Ubuntu 10.10 Wireless Problem "Kill switch not working correctly"

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When i updated my laptop from Ubuntu 10.04 to 10.10 the wireless kill switch stopped working and i could not turn the wireless on. But i found a way around it.

Open Terminal

insert "sudo rfkill unblock all" with out quotes

That should turn your wireless on.

You can use "sudo rfkill list" to show your current network status

This fix does not fix the button so you will have to use it every time you turn off the wireless

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Good find ravenwolf, I read your post and when I read the rfkill slapped my forehead because I had the same problem for my HP ZX5000 series. The hardware button wouldn't work right? I went through some of my old logs in my terminal and found what I was looking for on how to permanently fix the problem. So may I suggest going a step further than what you already have? Neutral

First, turn on your wireless switch. Even if the button is still unlit but the wifi is on, that's fine too. But the most important fact here is that your wifi MUST be on from here on through. Then, go into the terminal and paste in the following

sudo gedit /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state

When the NetworkManager.state file is opened look for the following lines


Now change the line WirelessEnabled=false line to true and save and exit. After this, start up rfkill and find your wifi device, in my case with my HP ZX5000 it was identified as 0, so type in rfkill unblock "X", (without the quotes) where X is the corresponding identified device. After this, reboot your system, the hack should hold and you should have access to your button now, or at least it should be more stable. This is why I use Mandriva and PClinuxOS over Ubuntu, lol. They already have the config files setup for this (Except for PClinuxOS 2010.1 which I currently have) Hope this helps! cheers

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