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First you realy should upgrade to Fedora 19 as 17 is almost EOL.

What is the output of the rfkill list command,

# rfkill list
0: tpacpi_bluetooth_sw: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no
1: tpacpi_wwan_sw: Wireless WAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
2: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

Hardware lock means you actually need to flip the switch to enable the Wifi module, in most cases it's a mechanical switch on the side of the computer, on some other cases it's a dedicated button on top of the keyboard.