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Lenovo Yoga 2 Disabled WiFi Hack

I decided to dual boot my Lenovo Yoga 2 (PN: 59408081, non pro) with Ubuntu & Windows 8. I ran Ubuntu off a USB stick as a LiveCD and my wireless network was disabled. I didn’t think anything of it right away and booted back into Windows. Oddly enough it was disabled in Windows too. I ran the Intel wireless diagnostic tool and it told me that the WiFi hardware switch is off. I thought easy enough, I looked through my functions keys several times and all the around the machine, no WiFi switch. Then a quick Google search reveled the answer, Ubuntu is using a wireless module that believes the machine actually has a wireless hardware switch and sent the WiFi module the hardware off command with no way to issue a hardware on command. All of the fixes online pertain to the Pro addition and those “fixes” did not work for me. I’ve spent hours looking for the fix that pertained to this model.

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