My laptop is a toshiba Satellite L500-1EK. The card is rtl8187b. System is Mandriva 2010. Kernel is
The problem is that this laptop does not have a wifi switch. So the kernel sees the card but keeps it off.

dmesg says:

phy0: hwaddr 70:1a:04:7f:50:18, RTL8187BvE V0 + rtl8225z2
rtl8187: Customer ID is 0x04
Registered led device: rtl8187-phy0::tx
Registered led device: rtl8187-phy0::rx
rtl8187: wireless switch is off
usbcore: registered new interface driver rtl8187

Is there any way to turn it on? I have seen drivers that have an rfkill option but this one does not have one.

The Bios of this laptop has a setting to have radio ON or OFF. Linux does not seem to care about this. In both
cases it does the same. Loads the driver but keeps the card off. So I set it to ON to be on the safe side.

Is there any solution?

thank you.