Wireless in Fedora v>=13


In the last few days after upgrading my machine [hp pavilion dv2762tx] from fedora 12 to fedora 13 & so as to fedora 14, my wireless wasn’t working [Bluetooth was!] I tried everything upgrading kernel & all.

Here is the solution

Just type into the terminal as a root or a sudo user [Though you should never work with root ]

[root@crazyeth0 tracker]# ifconfig wlan0 up
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Operation not possible due to RF-kill
If you found this type of error then your wireless is disabled by default via rfkill- a tool for enabling disabling wireless devices
Now type in the terminal again to check & see if you found like this:
[root@crazyeth0 tracker]# rfkill list
0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: yes
1: hp-bluetooth: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: yes
2: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: yes
Then chances are your wireless devices are disabled due to it.
To enable it type again in terminal:
[root@crazyeth0 tracker]# rfkill unblock all
On Success, you type again
[root@crazyeth0 tracker]# rfkill list
0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes
1: hp-bluetooth: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes
2: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
5: hci0: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
And you will see your most of the devices have been enabled & will start working , Cheers!
If not ahh, then may be it is blocked due to kernel then you are supposed to remove a module of wireless from kernel. How? Here is:
[root@crazyeth0 tracker]# rmmod -f hp-wmi
On success, this will remove the wireless module from kernel & your wireless should have started working, Cheers again!
If still you got issues then you should consider installing drivers according to your distribution or just check if the hardware button that turns on or off the wireless device is working correctly or not 🙂 😉