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    Default Wi-Fi is disabled by (missing) hardware switch

    Just installed opensuse 13.1 on a new Asus notebook — freedos, no Windows on it.

    Network Manager says Wi-Fi is disabled by hardware switch but notebok has none and Fn+F2 (an icon on it shows an antenna) does not do anything.

    I could not find anything related in BIOS.

    Booting with Puppy linux from a USB drive I can scan the network with no problems


    Code:
    # nm-tool
    
    [...]
    
    - Device: wlp2s0 ---------------------------------------------------------------
      Type:              802.11 WiFi
      Driver:            ath9k
      State:             unavailable
      Default:           no
      HW Address:        6C:71:D9:79:BF:79
    
      Capabilities:
    
      Wireless Properties
        WEP Encryption:  yes
        WPA Encryption:  yes
        WPA2 Encryption: yes
    
      Wireless Access Points
    Code:
    # rfkill list
    0: asus-wlan: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    1: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: yes
    Code:
    # lspci | grep -i net
    02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
    03:00.2 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 06)
    Code:
    lsmod | grep -i ath
    ath9k                 109640  0 
    mac80211              635562  1 ath9k
    ath9k_common           13859  1 ath9k
    ath9k_hw              440385  2 ath9k,ath9k_common
    ath                    27923  3 ath9k,ath9k_common,ath9k_hw
    cfg80211              522716  3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
    Thanks for your help
    Last edited by neurino; 26-Dec-2013 at 05:14. Reason: added info

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    Default Re: Wi-Fi is disabled by (missing) hardware switch

    This did the trick: networking - Wireless disabled by hardware switch - Ask Ubuntu

    Code:
    sudo echo "options asus_nb_wmi wapf=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/asus.conf

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    Default Re: Wi-Fi is disabled by (missing) hardware switch

    You need to run
    Code:
    su -c 'zypper in rfkill'
    su -c 'rfkill unblock 1'
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    Default Re: Wi-Fi is disabled by (missing) hardware switch

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    You need to run
    Code:
    su -c 'zypper in rfkill'
    su -c 'rfkill unblock 1'
    rfkill won't work with hard blocked... already tried.

    I solved anyway, see my 2nd post.

    Thank you

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