LM8 Wireless Issue-Low Signal Strength & Disconnects[Solved]

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LM8 Wireless Issue-Low Signal Strength & Disconnects[Solved]

Postby windy_miller on Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:40 pm

When I first installed LM8 I had real issue with my wireless connectivity which resulted in me reinstalling LM7 with which I had no problems and then I beefed big time in the forums.

I promised that if I found a fix I would post it. I found a fix so here it is.

Just to recap. I have a laptop using an RT73USB based wireless connection but I believe this fixes issues with quite a number of wireless chips.

The issue I saw was a very low signal strength in my lounge (35% from two routers in the roof) and poor or no visibility of the wireless networks. I also tried a Mandriva Linux Live CD and experienced exactly the same issue.

After reinstalling LM8 onto a formatted PC to ensure there was no conflict with previous installs I still had the same issues. After some frustrating hours working on this in my lounge I had a eureka moment: "Take the laptop upstairs!!". I did and lo, the signal strength improved to the point where I could receive a connection and get updates - hurrah.

It proved that the signal strength was probably correct and for some reason LM8 was not treating my wireless connection in the same way as LM7. Armed with this information and Google I was led to the following suggestion from here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=8389047 amongst other places.

In a terminal window type "sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic"

I tried to get more information on this package but as I write the Ubuntu sites seem to be down. There appears to have been a bug discussed at length here https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-backports-modules-2.6.31/+bug/414560. The best description I could find for the package as a whole from here http://sprayfly.com/tag/backports/ is "This module contains all the cutting edge wireless drivers for Ubuntu Karmic from the testing repositories which haven’t yet been officially released."

Although it's a backport I decided to give it a go. After re-starting my laptop my signal strength improved from about 45% upstairs to 75% / 80% and from 30%/35% downstairs to a solid 60% as I write.

I have rebooted my PC a number of times and all remains well :D .

I hope that this information helps other folks out there with this or similar issues.

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Re: LM8 Wireless Issue-Low Signal Strength & Disconnects[Solved]

Postby Husse on Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:48 pm

Similar advices have been common - install backport packages or the like
However given the number of problems with most anything the Karmic base is giving this is a good find and I'll add it to my list of "special solutions"
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Re: LM8 Wireless Issue-Low Signal Strength & Disconnects[Solved]

Postby windy_miller on Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:40 am

Pleased to be of assistance :D
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Re: LM8 Wireless Issue-Low Signal Strength & Disconnects[Solved]

Postby dnmint on Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:32 am

/I tried -(Toshiba NB205 - Gloria )- to install sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic
It says no such modules-files available.
What have I done wrong
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Re: LM8 Wireless Issue-Low Signal Strength & Disconnects[Solved]

Postby mick55 on Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:43 am

@dnmint

You are using Mint 7 Gloria.
The fix mentioned above is for Mint 8 Helena.
Mint 8 Helena is based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic.
That command will not work on your version of Mint.

If you have a problem open a new topic, you are posting in
a topic that is marked solved, it is only by chance I saw your post.
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Re: LM8 Wireless Issue-Low Signal Strength & Disconnects[Solved]

Postby Steerpike on Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:08 pm

Hmmm.

I was having similar connectivity issues.

Tried this advice with the backports, now the installation appears to be broken. I get a message about low graphics mode and that it failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module, then all I can do is log into the terminal.

Any way to undo this?

Or barring that, any way to just reinstall what I had in there before without reinstalling the whole OS?
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