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wireless drivers ("hardware disabled") [closed]

asked 2013-01-27 15:00:07 -0500

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updated 2014-09-28 23:39:09 -0500

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Hey, im new to linux. I have a Dell inspiron 1545 and I can't get my wireless to work? Any help is appreciated. I used to have windows 7 pro.
Fedora 17 as my maine OS now.

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Closed for the following reason question is not relevant or outdated by sideburns
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Please type in: lspci | grep wireless

wintermute gravatar imagewintermute ( 2013-10-27 19:47:14 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-10-28 03:26:48 -0500

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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.

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answered 2014-11-19 06:47:06 -0500

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This issue is for specific laptops only. I manage to enable wifi using simple trick. When you login to fedora put laptop on standby mode and then bring back to main. Wifi will be enabled.

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