Fixing SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132 for Karmic wireless on Asus Eee 1008HA

I was having problems with wireless on the netbook-oriented version of Ubuntu Karmic Koala. ifconfig wlan0 up returned SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132. Thanks to Ubuntu’s bug database, I found the following solution:

rmmod ath9k
rfkill block all
rfkill unblock all
modprobe ath9k
rfkill unblock all

  • Alessandro

    Hello, thanks for the solution. Here it works this way:
    rmmod ath9k
    rmmod ath9k_common
    rmmod ath9k_hw
    rmmod ath
    rmmod mac80211
    rmmod cfg80211
    rfkill block wifi
    modprobe ath9k
    rfkill unblock all
    ifconfig wlan0 up
    Hardware is an HP G60-468CA.

    • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

      Great, thanks for sharing! =D

  • Scott

    This worked perfect, thank you!

  • http://babibu.eamca.com spondbob

    thank you!
    this solved my problem,

  • kit

    Worked! Thank you!

  • http://crunchbanglinux.org mynis

    Thank you! This worked very well.

  • http://www.tmarques.com Tiago Marques

    Install the asus_laptop module and it should fix everything. Worked for me on UL20FT.

  • chuck

    Hello, I tried all these commands and still doesn’t work…

    rmmod ath9k
    rmmod ath9k_common
    rmmod ath9k_hw
    rmmod ath
    rmmod mac80211
    rmmod cfg80211
    rfkill block wifi
    modprobe ath9k
    rfkill unblock all
    ifconfig wlan0 up…. it said SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132.
    rfkill list…… Hardware: yes Software: no
    What can I do now?
    It’s started when I stop my usb drive…

  • chuck

    Problem:

    #rfkill list

    0 phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes

    After put my laptop apart and switch out a different wireless card, it still didn’t work. I looked around and found that I accident turned off the wifi switch on the side even though the wifi light is on. There are two ways to turn the hardware wifi on and off. One is through the Fn+F2 on ASUS laptop. The other switch is on the left side of the laptop on ASUS laptop.

    I type command:

    rfkill list

    0 phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    ________________________________________________

    rfkill list

    0 phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no

    Just follow the top commands and you’ll be fine.
    rmmod ath9k
    rmmod ath9k_common
    rmmod ath9k_hw
    rmmod ath
    rmmod mac80211
    rmmod cfg80211
    rfkill block wifi
    modprobe ath9k
    rfkill unblock all
    ifconfig wlan0 up or ifconfig wlan1 up

    Now everything is working normally again. :)))

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

    I’m glad you sorted that all out! =D Thanks for sharing your hints and tips.

  • kevin nguyen

    hi all
    I get the same problem as chuck, but i use backtrack 5 in usb, as i know, using portable backtrack can use wireless card, i don’t need to buy usb wireless, when i tried to up wlan 0, i always get error
    siocsifflags: unknow error 132. please help me to fix this problem

  • Giorgi

    yesss :D it worked finally i searched all the google and this worked thanx

  • fiercing

    if you have a laptop and your laptop has a button for enable/disable wifi, and you have pressed the button so that the wifi is off IT GIVES THE SAME ERROR!!!
    SIOCSIFFLAGS: Unknown error 132.
    Just press it again and everything will run as it should be, dont waste 6 hours on writing scripts, editing config files and etc. like I did :S

  • daniel

    Thanks..its works