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Old 11-26-2011, 01:44 AM   #1
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Suddenly unable to turn on wireless?

I've been using Ubuntu for a few months, on a second hand Compaq CQ60, with no problems.
This morning I turned the laptop on, and the wireless refused to connect. I can't seem to turn it on or off via the button on the laptop anymore, and the wireless light is blue, which it's only ever done when wireless is turned off.
In the wireless menu in the top right, none of the wireless networks etc are showing up. 'Enable networking' is checked and apparently on, but I can't turn on 'Enable wireless'.
The menu also has 'wireless is disabled by hardware switch' appearing in it now.
The wireless connection is working fine with my other computers.
I've restarted the computer a couple of times, had a look at the help menu, but I haven't found anything helpful.

Sorry for the terrible explaination, I'm still blatantly unfamiliar with the OS.

Any help would be appreciated, thank you!
Old 11-26-2011, 06:50 AM   #2
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Perhaps you have inadvertently disabled it via a hardware switch on the computer?
Look for a small sliding switch on the casing.
The menu also has 'wireless is disabled by hardware switch' appearing in it now.
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Do you have Windows on the system? If so, does it work in Windows?

That laptop looks suspiciously similar to an annoying HP I tried to fix, it is probably the same system with the Compaq name on it since they are the same company now. Under Windows the card would just refuse to show up entirely. Under a Linux LiveCD the card was visible, but disabled like yours. The switch on the front did nothing. I tried everything, reset and updated the BIOS, checked the switch for continuity, swapped cards, cleaned the contacts of the card and board, but nothing made it work. I'm guessing there was a fault on the motherboard.
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All other things being equal, it sounds as if the wireless hardware has likely given up the ghost.
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Most of the solutions to this problem have been to remove wireless driver & reinstall.


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