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Hello, my wireless connection is not stable. Originally, I had NetworkManager. At first it wouldn't detect a wireless network, and then once I was able to establish a connection it ...
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    Unstable wireless connection - Wicd Network Manager


    Hello, my wireless connection is not stable. Originally, I had NetworkManager. At first it wouldn't detect a wireless network, and then once I was able to establish a connection it would drop approx one minute later. I then installed Wicd, no problems with establishing a connection, but my wireless Internet will disconnect after 5 minutes or so. Granted, I get better results with Wicd, but it is still frustrating.

    I've been researching through multiple search methods and I'm not making much progress. If the answer is in another thread, please direct me to it. I appreciate the help in advance : )

    HP Pavilion dv5000 Laptop

    lspci -knn

    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge [1002:5950] (rev 01)
    	Kernel modules: ati-agp
    00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge [1002:5a3f]
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:05.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge [1002:5a37]
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:13.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller [1002:4374]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller [1002:4375]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB2 Host Controller [1002:4373]
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 SMBus Controller [1002:4372] (rev 11)
    	Kernel driver in use: piix4_smbus
    	Kernel modules: i2c-piix4
    00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 IDE Controller [1002:4376]
    	Kernel driver in use: pata_atiixp
    00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-ISA Bridge [1002:4377]
    00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-PCI Bridge [1002:4371]
    00:14.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 AC'97 Audio Controller [1002:4370] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: ATI IXP AC97 controller
    	Kernel modules: snd-atiixp
    00:14.6 Modem [0703]: ATI Technologies Inc SB400 AC'97 Modem Controller [1002:4378] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: ATI IXP MC97 controller
    	Kernel modules: snd-atiixp-modem
    00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration [1022:1100]
    00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map [1022:1101]
    00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller [1022:1102]
    00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1103]
    	Kernel driver in use: k8temp
    	Kernel modules: k8temp
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE) [1002:5955]
    	Kernel modules: radeon, radeonfb
    06:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 [AirForce 54g] 802.11a/b/g PCI Express Transceiver [14e4:4319] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    	Kernel modules: ssb
    06:04.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller [104c:8031]
    	Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
    	Kernel modules: yenta_socket
    06:04.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller [104c:8032]
    	Kernel driver in use: ohci1394
    	Kernel modules: firewire-ohci, ohci1394
    06:04.3 Mass storage controller [0180]: Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller [104c:8033]
    	Kernel driver in use: tifm_7xx1
    	Kernel modules: tifm_7xx1
    06:04.4 SD Host controller [0805]: Texas Instruments PCI6411/6421/6611/6621/7411/7421/7611/7621 Secure Digital Controller [104c:8034]
    	Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
    	Kernel modules: sdhci-pci
    06:06.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    	Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    	Kernel modules: epl, 8139too, 8139cp
    lsusb

    Code:
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 1241:1166 Belkin MI-2150 Trust Mouse
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 03f0:171d Hewlett-Packard Wireless (Bluetooth + WLAN) Interface [Integrated Module]
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    lsmod

    Code:
    Module                  Size  Used by
    usbhid                 38208  0 
    binfmt_misc             8356  1 
    ppdev                   6688  0 
    bridge                 47952  0 
    stp                     2272  1 bridge
    bnep                   12060  2 
    dm_crypt               12928  0 
    snd_atiixp_modem       11940  0 
    snd_atiixp             15720  2 
    snd_ac97_codec        101216  2 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_atiixp
    ac97_bus                1532  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_seq_dummy           2656  0 
    arc4                    1660  2 
    snd_pcm_oss            37920  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          16028  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm                75296  4 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_atiixp,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_oss            28576  0 
    snd_seq_midi            6432  0 
    ecb                     2524  2 
    pcmcia                 36808  0 
    snd_rawmidi            22208  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event      6940  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                50224  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              22276  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device          6920  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    b43                   122136  0 
    yenta_socket           24200  1 
    mac80211              181236  1 b43
    tifm_7xx1               5372  0 
    sdhci_pci               7100  0 
    rsrc_nonstatic         11644  1 yenta_socket
    cfg80211               93052  2 b43,mac80211
    joydev                 10272  0 
    iptable_filter          3100  0 
    snd                    59204  15 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_atiixp,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    sdhci                  17472  1 sdhci_pci
    pcmcia_core            35792  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
    tifm_core               7832  1 tifm_7xx1
    btusb                  11856  2 
    lp                      8964  0 
    k8temp                  4188  0 
    led_class               4096  2 b43,sdhci
    soundcore               7264  1 snd
    shpchp                 32272  0 
    ip_tables              11692  1 iptable_filter
    x_tables               16544  1 ip_tables
    psmouse                56180  0 
    serio_raw               5280  0 
    i2c_piix4               9932  0 
    snd_page_alloc          9156  3 snd_atiixp_modem,snd_atiixp,snd_pcm
    parport                35340  2 ppdev,lp
    dm_raid45              84228  0 
    xor                    15620  1 dm_raid45
    ssb                    35300  1 b43
    ohci1394               29900  0 
    ieee1394               86596  1 ohci1394
    8139too                22620  0 
    8139cp                 19260  0 
    mii                     5212  2 8139too,8139cp
    radeon                636000  2 
    ttm                    36212  1 radeon
    drm                   159584  4 radeon,ttm
    i2c_algo_bit            5760  1 radeon
    video                  19380  0 
    output                  2780  1 video
    ati_agp                 6760  0 
    agpgart                34988  3 ttm,drm,ati_agp
    uname -r

    Code:
    2.6.31-14-generic
    If more information is needed please let me know. Again, thank you for the help.

    Melissa

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    I apologize I didn't include this in the original post, I have Linux Mint 8. Thanks : )

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    First, see if Mint offers another driver for the wireless. I am not too familiar with Mint, but somewhere in the menus there should be something called "Hardware Drivers" or "Hardware Manager" or something similar.

    Once you have located that, look to see if it offers a different wireless driver. The current one is named "b43", and the one that you are looking for could be named "Broadcom-wl" or "Broadcom-STA" or even "Linux-STA".

    If that route doesn't work, we can try something else.
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterhead View Post
    The current one is named "b43", and the one that you are looking for could be named "Broadcom-wl" or "Broadcom-STA" or even "Linux-STA".

    I checked, unfortunately, other than b43 the only one I'm finding is named Modem. Thank you for responding and for the help. I appreciate it.

    Melissa

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