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Old 11-17-2006, 10:41 PM   #1
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Question Very slow but "full strength" wireless in Mandriva


I've just started using Mandriva One 2007, and I was so excited when just a couple of clicks was enough to get my wireless card working. But apparently that was just too good to be true.

With my wireless card (broadcom 1300, or dell truemobile 1300 if you prefer) active, all the networks are recognized... but they also are all "100%" signal strength, which i know is not true. When i connect to my router (about 5 feet away from my computer), it claims 100% strength, but all websites are very slow to load -- if they load at all.

Its odd though, because if i ping either my router or, i get a response with little to no packet loss, and with a perfectly normal response time.

I also have tried deleting the BCM drivers that Mandriva automatically installed and using ndiswrapper with the bcmwl5.inf file, but that did not work. Also, when i "deleted" the BCM wireless card, it still appeared in my network interfaces, even after a reboot.

I don't know if there is more information that would be helpful, but let me know. Here is a snapshot of my system though:

Mandriva 2.6.17-5mdvlegacy
Dell Inspiron 5100 (Pentium 4 2.66G dual boot winXP pro)
Dell Truemobile 1300 b/g (broadcom 1300)
D-Link DI-624S router as access point to below: (but i connect to this one)
ActionTec GT701-WG Router / DSL modem

Last edited by ultimatenoob; 11-18-2006 at 12:55 AM.
Old 12-17-2006, 09:36 AM   #2
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disable ipv6

My new slax install had very slow wireless response. Somewhere I read that ipv6 can cause problems. After I disabled it, response returned to normal. I created file noipv6 in /etc/modprobe.d and put in this line:
alias net-pf-10 off

After reboot, the problem disappeared.


broadcom, ndiswrapper, wireless

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