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paul1945 11-02-2012 07:29 PM

Problems with wifi after upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10
My wifi was working perfectly on Ubuntu 12.04, but after a Web upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10 the wifi to my Windows network takes ages to connect and after a while disconnects and requires a reboot to get it going again.
Is there a simple solution to this?

Steve W 11-03-2012 04:48 PM

Well, some Ubuntu users do not upgrade from one version to another, but always download the whole new version, and reinstall it from scratch, backing up their /home directory beforehand. They maintain that upgrades can sometimes break certain features and is never as good as a fresh install. It's debatable, and I'm sure many people have upgraded successfully, but everyone's system is different and there's no guarantee that an upgrade will not have problems with your particular set-up.

You could try downloading 12.10 from the Ubuntu website and making a live bootable DVD or USB stick with it. Then live boot from that. If you choose to "Try Ubuntu", this should give you an idea whether the fresh version connects to your network any quicker - and has greater stability - than your current "upgraded" version does. If so, then back up your /home files and install 12.10 from scratch.

paul1945 11-04-2012 11:14 PM

Hello Steve_W,
Thanks for that. Strangely the problem of the network disappearing seems to have resolved itself after the last (today's) update. So I presume that the problem was known and has been fixed. The network still takes a bit long to come up, but that is a minor irritation and not that detrimental.
I made a couple of linked directories to the Windows network share directories and I am up and running.

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