Who needs a wifi switch?

Wifi stop working. Thinkpad x60. Debian GNU/Linux. Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG/BG. Logs below:

Nov 22 12:54:43 thinkpad kernel: [ 5373.816386] iwl3945 0000:03:00.0: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
Nov 22 12:54:43 thinkpad kernel: [ 5373.816388] Kill switch must be turned off for wireless networking to work.
Nov 22 16:11:16 thinkpad kernel: [17168.714311] iwl3945 0000:03:00.0: Radio disabled by HW RF Kill switch
Nov 22 16:11:16 thinkpad kernel: [17168.714487] iwl3945 0000:03:00.0: Radio disabled by HW RF Kill switch
Nov 22 16:13:55 thinkpad kernel: [17328.018434] iwl3945 0000:03:00.0: Radio disabled by HW RF Kill switch
Nov 22 16:13:55 thinkpad kernel: [17328.018603] iwl3945 0000:03:00.0: Radio disabled by HW RF Kill switch

…about 1 hour trying to solve that annoying issue, and then I realize there was a f** wifi switch turned off right in front of my face. #FAIL

5 Comments

  1. Henry
    Posted November 22, 2009 at 19:19 | Permalink

    Man, I’ve used an X60 for over 2 years, and I have no idea where the wifi switch is located.

  2. suscal
    Posted November 22, 2009 at 20:16 | Permalink

    BTW, it’s people on airplanes that have a use for it…

  3. Anonymous
    Posted November 22, 2009 at 22:20 | Permalink

    I had a similar experience with mine, not with the wifi switch, but with the hardware volume controls that the volume buttons manipulate before you boot Linux. I thought the sound had broken, but it turned out that the hardware had become muted, and the OS had no way to know that.

  4. Posted November 22, 2009 at 23:15 | Permalink

    At least you have a clear message in the dmesg.

  5. Posted November 23, 2009 at 01:27 | Permalink

    LOL haha, meanwhile the same message will appear if we remove the network-manager , even the RF switch is ON . we have to turn it “on” manually with ipconfig or put a script in startup init.d

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