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Old 06-25-2007, 04:19 PM   #1
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wifi keeps disconnecting when the computer is idle

OK, i'm a newbie here, and i've looked around for anything concerning my problem but still haven't found much...... so sorry if i seem a little naive

anyway.. i'm running opensuse 10.2 with a wifi connection to my router and so my LAN and the internet. i've managed to configure it with the drivers that came with the distro, and ive secured it all - so its all working fine, i can browse the internet etc. This is until i leave my computer idle for a while..... i come back and its disconnected. i'm thinking its a power saving problem because i can be browsing for hours and have no problems..... but when i leave it for a little while it stops...and i have to restart the computer to get it working again even when i have disabled power saving in the config file i'm still having a problem

sorry if this is a little patchy, id give you some more details but i don't
really know what i'm looking for... so id be happy to give you any other
information that may be useful

help from anyone would be really appreciated.. thanks!
Old 06-27-2007, 07:56 AM   #2
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I'm just thinking out loud and this may not have anything to do with your problem..
Did the same computer running another operating system work wifi correctly? This would be a hint if it's SuSe specific.
Can this be a BIOS problem reducing power to the wifi adapter thus causing a loss of connection..I think most modern Bios configurations
can control the amount of power savings in standby..Worth investigating at least..
Thats about all I can think of perhaps someone has more specific answers..
Old 06-27-2007, 11:07 AM   #3
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Hi, thanks for the reply,

I've just found out that if i use networkmanager it stays connected, but i need to use ifup so i can have both my eth0 and wlan0 running at the same time. This now makes me think it was never a power problem but instead something wrong with ifup... any suggestions?


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