[WNYLUG-Users] Atheros wireless chip softblock

J G jcg0624 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 1 09:08:42 EDT 2011

I am wondering if someone can explain this to me.   I got my wireless to work 
with Linux Mint 11.

I had to make some adjustments.  

rfkill list all
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
1: acer-wireless: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no

Was not able to get on.

if I did this the wireless would work

sudo rmmod -f acer-wmi
sudo rfkill unblock all
rfkill list all

sudo su
echo "blacklist acer-wmi" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
gedit /etc/rc.local
I also had to add rmmod -f acer-wmi
  rfkill unblock all to that file to make it permanent.

Would someone be able to explain to me in english Why it works now.   and would 
I now be able to use the same procedure to get the wireless to work on any 

Thank you.
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