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Brahim
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 Solution to ‘Wireless disabled by Hardware switch’ on Linux Mint


To get back your wifi, type in terminal:

 
sudo rfkill list


You will get back something like this:



 
0: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no
1: dell-bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
2: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no
4: hci0: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no


As you could see (0,2) the Wireless Lan has been soft blocked. We need to unblock it to get it up and working properly:



 
sudo rfkill unblock 0


 
sudo rfkill unblock 2


Restart your networking:



 
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
 
 
There you go. Wifi is working again :D
 

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