Thursday, May 13, 2010

Intel WiFi 6000 on Ubuntu 10.04

A fresh install of Ubuntu 10.04 on a Dell Studio XPS 16 didn't want to enable its Intel Wireless WiFi Link 6000. Pressing the wifi touchkey didn't help.

Running rfkill list gave

0: phy0: Wireless LAN
             Soft blocked: yes
             Hard blocked: no
NetworkManager Applet reported wireless as disabled or device not ready.

I read that removing the dell_laptop kernel module might help, but it did no good in my case.

What finally did the trick for me was

sudo rfkill unblock wifi


Daniel said...

Thanks it worked for me too. Dell Studio 15 laptop with an Intel 6000 a/b/g/n card - Ubuntu 10.04

doobo said...

Do you have any idea about what to do if it's other way around?

Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes

Greg said...

@doobo Check to be sure you didn't accidentally bump the wifi switch along the side of your laptop or a button above the keyboard. Sometimes my wireless device wakes up in a bad mood, but a reboot usually fixes it.