Tips and Tricks: Upgrading to Ubuntu 10.10 Wireless Fix

So I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.10 today on my HP Mini 210. What was interesting is that the fixes to the touchpad (like two finger scrolling) were wiped out and doesn’t work. Oh well. But initially, there was something else that annoyed the hell out of me.

The wireless didn’t work on the reboot. Everything boots up, and you find out that there is no wireless. Not that the driver doesn’t load, or anything, but your wireless is disabled.

If you go and look at /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state , you’ll find that the wireless was enabled = false.

So you figure, change it to true, reboot, and you’re golden, right?


You have to run this command as root: rfkill unblock all

This will actually get rid of any blocking on the wireless network. For whatever reason, in the update to Ubuntu 10.10, there is a rfkill block command that isn’t taken off after the upgrade. This is also a newer utility so you’d never actually realize it until you found that you couldn’t do anything to take that wireless block off. Now if only they’d fix those touchpad issues for Synaptic touchpads instead of toying with the driver for Apple’s Magic Trackpad.

  • Morcegodoinferno

    thanks man, you save my day

    rfkill unblock all !!!! thats is, hp mini 210-1000sa , wireless working

    broadcom STA


  • Guest 203003

    doesnt work for me. Need to get around permission denied.

    • Use root and you won’t get permissions issues.

  • Thank you very much!
    Since the launch of Ubuntu 10.10 release, I’m looking for a solution!
    Now, my wifi is working perfect!

    Thank you!

  • marcu

    after upgrading my hp dv 2500 from 10.04 to 10.10 my wifi disapear and my wifi led still red….
    My wifi works perfectly now()

    Merci beaucoup !

  • Mishnov

    It doesn’t work for my HP ProBook 5310m. I’ve tried everething i could find, but nothing help. On Ubuntu 10.04 everuthing works fine? Please help me to solve this problem.

    • Did you check whether or not your Network Manager state is false? If so, you need to run as root, the rfkill unblock all. If not, it could be a new driver issue. So far, the netbooks that I’ve seen that have the issue with Meerkat have been the rfkill being set as off. Why? I haven’t the slightest. It’s a stupid issue by Ubuntu.

  • GJ

    I was having so much problems with wireless on the new ubuntu 10.10 in my HP Pavilion dv2 laptop, until now that you solved my problem!!!

    Thank you very much!!!!

  • xtop


    Two-finger scrolling is not wiped out. You just need to set the touchpad scrolling to two-finger scrolling on gnome-mouse-properties as edge scrolling is the default setting.

  • Michaelkassenoff

    my wireless works but this fix does not work for me… my wireless works but i have to enable it every time i start my acer aspire. any ideas to auto start wireless on startup??? thanks!

  • homero

    thank you sooooo much, i’m from Chile and you save my ass. thank you again (x10000)

  • Lwnstr

    Thank you!

  • damn, this issues pisses me off – nothing helps

  • EriLon

    Thank you – I had tried everything and was about to give up when I saw this. Thanks again.


  • Saurabh8c

    I am not able to see any new releases even when i did everyyhing….any suggestions?

  • Thanks

    OMG!!! You fixed a problem that has plagued me for months!! Thanks a lot

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  • sameer.purwar

    thank man:)

  • Chinotaku

    i cant have wireless what should i do!? i try your way and dont let me!!!

  • Chinotaku

    and i have a hp mini 1020la just in case

  • Jromerof

    Thank you so much!!!!

  • Jdfeny

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vicna

    Yes~~~~~ THANK YOU a million times~~

  • Deded

    Thank you… thank you so much!!!

    you solved a big problem for me.

    you are a good boy XD

  • I need help look
    [email protected]:/home/edxato# /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state
    bash: /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state: Permission denied

    • EdwinX.

      I have the state false but the command “rfkill unblock all” in “su” doesnt work for me

  • Vipsonline09

    You made my day. Thanks You. Why couldn’t I google you 4 months ago.

  • Moarab19

    when i change it to true and save and reboot, wireless returned to false again and this is disable still.

  • PI

    At last!!!!! Thank you, thank you…. HP Pavilion dv2000 now working.

  • lucky i found ur post….thank you very3 much…

  • MBSpanner

    As a new trialing user of Ubuntu it is so dissappointing to find fundemental bugs. I think MS op system is rather bad but Ubuntu appears be to in as much chaos. Ah well , Back to the devil I know.

    • I actually think it’s wrong for you to write off Ubuntu so quickly. 10.10 isn’t a LTS version of the OS. Basically, what you’re running is like what Google Canary is to Google Chrome. It’s the latest and greatest and subject to bugs and what not because it’s more of a running development release.

      If you’re looking for stability, look at getting the LTS versions. Every Ubuntu LTS version that I’ve tested has been very solid in almost every way. The only reason this thread even exists is due to the 10.10 scenario.

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  • Gwilliams15

    need help to fix hp mini mouse pad

    • What’s wrong with it?  There are several things to do on those Synaptics pads.   Not my favorite by any means since they’re all work arounds due to the fact that this touchpad has no click button and you have to click the actual touchpad.  However, there are a few things to look for if you just google hp mini synaptic trackpad.

      If you need more help though, let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction.

  • Thank you!!!

    OMG THANK YOU!!!!!! rfkill unblock all saves the day!!

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