I went into my BIOS the other day, didn't change anything, and rebooted. After this, my wifi was hardblocked. I looked online for solutions, and learned of the rfkill command. But I get
rfkill: command not found
However, in the startup messages, I see rfkill being called for something. I thought that perhaps it wasn't in the path for some reason. I'm sure it was. (I'll double check that tonight.)
I tried running Linux Mint off a flash drive, and the rfkill command told me that my wifi was hardblocked. I could unblock everything but the wifi hardblock.
There is no wifi switch on my computer. There is a wifi button the keyboard (F12) but it does nothing.
I'd like to know how to fix this obviously, but also I'd like to know why the hell this happened.
UPDATE! 2014.10.5 I've done some investigating and I want to share it, in case someone spots something that can solve this.
I rabbit-holed my way through the beginner's guide, and these are the results:
identify name of wireless interface
$ iw dev wlp3s0
use wifi-menu to connect to a network
# wifi-menu wlp3s0 Scanning for networks... failed No networks found
bring interface up
# ip link set wlp3s0 up RTNETLINK answers: Operation not possible due to RF-kill # rfkill list bash: rfkill: command not found
I see mention of rfkill in the startup messages, but not in dmesg. rfkill works in Linux Mint flash drive. When I run that, it will change block on all except hard block. There is no hardware switch.
show loaded modules:
produces big list, which includes:
rfkill 18867 4 cfg80211,toshiba_acpi,bluetooth iwlwifi 156837 1 iwlmvm cfg80211 454161 3 iwlwifi,mac80211,iwlmvm # modinfo rfkill filename: /lib/modules/3.16.3-1-ARCH/kernel/net/rfkill/rfkill.ko.gz license: GPL description: RF switch support author: Johannes Berg <firstname.lastname@example.org> author: Ivo van Doorn <IvDoorn@gmail.com> depends: intree: Y vermagic: 3.16.3-1-ARCH SMP preempt mod_unload modversions parm: master_switch_mode:SW_RFKILL_ALL ON should: 0=do nothing (only unlock); 1=restore; 2=unblock all (uint) parm: default_state:Default initial state for all radio types, 0 = radio off (uint)
Does that mean everything is blocked by default?
What happens if I blacklist rfkill?
Inside it says:
#do not load this. blacklist rfkill
Rebooting to see if this did anything... rfkill still loaded. Rebooted again... Got a stream of iwlwifi errors:
iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: Failed to load firmware chunk! Could not load the  uCode section Failed to start INIT ucode: -110 Failed to run INIT ucode: -110
I don't think that this is related to the new conf file because I had this error a few days ago. It doesn't happen every time. As far as the conf file goes: I guess it still loaded because something depends on it. If I still want to try to stop it, I can use the install command I read about.
But at this point, I think I should try to reinstall the firmware?
Does anyone have any input or ideas other than that?