wireless is disabled by hardware switch even when not

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I have a spartan computer. It has a built-in wireless module that up until recently I've had no issues with. The current problem is this. Everytime I shutdown the computer and it boots back up, I am unable to "hardware enable" the wireless. In NetworkManager, I am getting a 'grayed out' message that says "wireless is disabled by hardware switch". The hardware switch is enabled (I can see the green led turn on and off when I press the wireless button). The output of rfkill states that it is not soft blocked but IS hard blocked. I've tried the following (rt73usb is the kernel driver for my int (HowTos)