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Old 01-29-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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Broadcom wireless BCM4306 keeps dropping connection

On FC14 this wireless card keeps dropping the internet connection.
Trying to re-connect fails.
The only way to re-connect is to reboot.
I'm running a dual boot system with XP installed.
In Windows everything works fine.
Is there a way to configure the card in linux?
Can I use the Windows drivers?
Here is the outputs from lspci and iwconfig:
00:0c.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:"FastFish"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: 20:AA:4B:29:76:F8
Bit Rate=1 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Power Managementff
Link Quality=49/70 Signal level=-61 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

Any help would be appreciated, this is driving me nuts!!
Old 01-31-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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What driver do you use, b43? Do you install firmware for b43?
Old 02-01-2013, 12:31 PM   #3
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Fedora 14 recognized the wifi card and installed its own drivers and firmware.
b43 drivers.
Windoze uses the BCMWL5.sys drivers which are a lot better, no drop outs in windoze.
Anyway to extract the drivers from that windoze file???


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