Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 325101
RF Kill switch on Dell Inspiron 6400/1505 is permanently enabled
Last modified: 2009-01-09 03:44:16 EST
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):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot system
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
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
It should be able to enable the 802.11 wireless.
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.
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).
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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