RFKILL My Patience

november 2, 2011

I am playing with Fedora 15 and I turned off the wifi (Atheros 9k) in my HP dm3 via NetworkManager. The light on the hardware wifi switch goes from blue to orange -- that's normal. Then, I try to turn wifi back on. Nothing. I reboot and try again. Nothing. The hardware switch doesn't work at all.

I did a: ifconfig wlan0 up

And I get this error: SIOCSIFFLAGS: Operation not possible due to RF-kill

After doing some research, I hardwired my dm3 and installed rfkill. Running rfkill list showed that I had both a soft and hard block on my wifi adapter. I run rfkill unblock all and nothing.

I then blacklist the hp_wmi module and reboot. Nothing. Out of frustration, I remove hp_wmi from the blacklist and reboot. Then I did a rfkill list and it showed only a soft block on the wifi adapter. rfkill ublock all kills the soft block and everything starts working again.

I tried turning off wifi via NetworkManager again and it works. It turns off and turns on no problems.

Anyone have any ideas what's going on?