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ath5k incorrectly marked disabled

asked 2017-12-08 19:38:26 -0500

dokhebi gravatar image

I have an older laptop, a Toshiba Satellite, that was running Fedora 19 and the Atheros AR5212 worked fine. I did a clean install of Fedora 26 and now the wireless card shows DISABLED. I booted from a CloneZilla Live 2.5.2 CD and was able to use the wireless card. Somewhere at boot Fedora 25 incorrectly sees the wireless card switched off when it is not.

The output of rfkill list is

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

and sudo lshw -C Network:

  *-network:1 DISABLED
   description: Wireless interface
   product: AR5212/5213/2414 Wireless Network Adapter
   vendor: Qualcomm Atheros
   physical id: b
   bus info: pci@0000:02:0b.0
   logical name: wlp2s11
   version: 01
   serial: 1a:30:ef:d6:bc:45
   width: 32 bits
   clock: 33MHz
   capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
   configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath5k driverversion=4.13.16-202.fc26.i686 firmware=N/A latency=168 link=no maxlatency=28 mingnt=10 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
   resources: irq:5 memory:e8100000-e810ffff

Is there any way to override /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill0/hard at boot so the wireless card is usable?

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florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-12-08 21:46:22 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-12-09 11:29:33 -0500

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Are you absolutely sure there's no hardware switch on the machine that has the card turned off? Usually a hard block indicates that it's a hardware switch somewhere, or maybe a function key combo.

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