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Old 07-25-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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Wireless Connection Constantly Dropping and Reconnecting

I have had a problem with my wirelss connection dropping and reconnecting instantly ever since installing MINT. Ive tried Mint 6, 7, 64bit, KDE etc and only the Gnome versions seem to have this problem.

I was recomended to install WICD instead of the default Network manager but it did no help at all.

I am using the following:

09:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)

* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)
==> PCI ID = 14e4:432b (rev 01)
* II. querying ndiswrapper...
* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

pan0 no wireless extensions.

eth1 IEEE 802.11 Nickname:""
Access Point: Not-Associated
Link Quality:5 Signal level:205 Noise level:162
Rx invalid nwid:0 invalid crypt:23822 invalid misc:0

* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:23:5a:2e:41:f0
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Interrupt:250 Base address:0xe000

eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:21:00:aa:57:36
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::221:ff:feaa:5736/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:11959082 errors:8 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:3905688
TX packets:10110971 errors:1165 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:3960905990 (3.9 GB) TX bytes:3866102707 (3.8 GB)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:1896688 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1896688 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:613600379 (613.6 MB) TX bytes:613600379 (613.6 MB)

* V. querying DHCP...
[sudo] password for shane:
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit

Listening on LPF/pan0/fe:df:6a:51:39:bc
Sending on LPF/pan0/fe:df:6a:51:39:bc
Listening on LPF/eth0/00:23:5a:2e:41:f0
Sending on LPF/eth0/00:23:5a:2e:41:f0
Listening on LPF/eth1/00:21:00:aa:57:36
Sending on LPF/eth1/00:21:00:aa:57:36
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on pan0 to port 67 interval 3
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to port 67 interval 8
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to port 67 interval 4
DHCPDISCOVER on pan0 to port 67 interval 4
DHCPREQUEST of on eth1 to port 67
DHCPACK of from
* Reloading /etc/samba/smb.conf smbd only
bound to -- renewal in 37023 seconds.
* VI. querying nslookup

Non-authoritative answer:

I am also currently running the default wireless driver that is installed automatically. Which is the STA driver for Broadcom, ive also heard it refereed to as the wl driver.

I have been given instructions to intsall the b43 driver but have never had any success when doing so. i read on their site that the ndraft properties of the card are not supported. I do not know if this makes the whole card not workable but Ive had no luck.

Could somebody please help me to install the b43 or provide me with info to fixing this issue.

I hate windows but unfortunately nobody can deny the importance of internet access in todays world.

I can no longer put up with this irritating issue and am ready to go back to windows if I cannot fix this soon.

Any help would be great.
Old 08-03-2009, 02:02 PM   #2
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Location: Tväråmark, Sweden
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Yes it is surely a driver module problem and you should get advice from somebody using the same wificard with MINT (or some else .deb dist). Use also lsmod etc. -- good luck!

P.S. See for another example how things may be weird ...

Last edited by toreric; 08-03-2009 at 02:09 PM.


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