Bug 325101 - RF Kill switch on Dell Inspiron 6400/1505 is permanently enabled
RF Kill switch on Dell Inspiron 6400/1505 is permanently enabled
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: knetworkmanager (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Dennis Gilmore
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-10-09 12:07 EDT by Fulko Hew
Modified: 2009-01-09 03:44 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-01-08 23:56:04 EST
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Description Fulko Hew 2007-10-09 12:07:40 EDT
Description of problem:

Somewhere between F8T1 and F8T2, the use of Intel 3945
wireless hardware broke on Dell Inspiron 6400/1505 laptops.

a) /var/log/messages now reports a warning w.r.t. RF kill switch.
b) The Fn-wireless key no longer enables/disables the wireless.
c) KNetworkManager does not report any wireless (or wired networks).

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Unknown component

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot system
Actual results:

Oct  9 11:19:37 fulkol kernel: iwl3945: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG/BG Network
Connection driver for Linux, 1.1.17kds
Oct  9 11:19:37 fulkol kernel: iwl3945: Copyright(c) 2003-2007 Intel Corporation
Oct  9 11:19:37 fulkol kernel: iwl3945: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
Network Connection
Oct  9 11:19:37 fulkol kernel: iwl3945: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
Oct  9 11:19:37 fulkol kernel: Kill switch must be turned off for wireless
networking to work.
Oct  9 11:19:37 fulkol kernel: iwl3945: WARNING: Requesting MAC access during
RFKILL wakes up NIC
Oct  9 11:19:37 fulkol kernel: iwl3945: Tunable channels: 11 802.11bg, 13
802.11a channels

Expected results:

It should be able to enable the 802.11 wireless.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Pavel Šefránek 2008-01-13 06:05:28 EST
I can confirm that on F8 final too. This makes wireless card broken and I cannot
use wi-fi anymore. Ubuntu and openSUSE don't suffer from this problem. Please
make it higher priority.
Comment 2 Nic Doye 2008-10-17 15:26:15 EDT
This issue appears to have been resolved in F9. It also isn't present in the 10 betas: 9.91 or 9.92.

(However there is now a new issue in both F9.91/2 and Ubuntu 8.10 beta's 2.6.27 series kernels which I'll raise soon).
Comment 3 Rui Miguel Seabra 2008-11-10 09:06:28 EST
The Fedora10 Preview Release also has this problem.

NetworkManager should only disable the internal wifi card and not all wifi cards.

In my case, I use an Asus WL-107g PCMCIA card because the built-in broadcom needs a proprietary driver which I don't want to use.

Enabling the card, however, renders the system unusable since it seems to interfere with the X.org freezing it (the rest of the system is ok).
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Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2009-01-08 23:56:04 EST
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
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Comment 6 Rui Miguel Seabra 2009-01-09 03:44:16 EST
Should not be closed, but passed to newer versions of Fedora, 9 and 10.

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