Wifi keeps dying - how to get swapout?

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    gadgetmind

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    We have an A110L and the wifi keeps totally disappearing. And I mean totally - the card doesn't even show in lspci, a reboot doesn't fix it, and you need to actually shutdown and reboot. Still happens with BIOS 3309

    We got the unit from PC World online in the UK. Am I better getting it swapped out by PC World or contacting Acer?

    Ian
     
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    Hmmm, I emailed Acer and they replied -

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    We have been made aware of the network icon issue in Linpus Linux , and have been provided with a temporary workaround, while the software vendor investigates this issue. Please follow the steps below:
    1. Open the terminal by "ALT+F2" and then type "terminal" ->Run.
    2 Run "mv ~/.gconf/system/networking ~/" to clear all the root network connections.

    There is one space between mv and ~ and one space between networking and ~

    After doing this, it will not have "ANY" network connections that may have been previously setup in network manager.
    Reboot the unit and the network icon will appear. You will need to configure your network again.
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    Sounds bogus to me, but easy enough to do it, even if just to humour them.

    Ian
     
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    My model number is ZG5 the wifi comes on fine and stays for quite a while, not timed, but seems variable. Then it disconnects and will not reconnect until I shut down and reboot. I acquired external drive and reloaded the system but the problem remains.

    Some times the system just disconnects from wireless modem. It is not the wireless, a windows system in same room is online all day. The problem seems to be with the delivered Linux system.

    I have workaround. Take a break and reboot. Not very satisfactory!
     
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    Well, I tried Acer's work-around, and as expected, it didn't work. The wifi worked fine for a day or so, and then the wifi disappeared from the PCI bus until the machine was power cycled.

    Duff hardware.

    Ian
     
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    I couldnt live with the wireless card being unreliable so I installed a broadcom chipset one (actually a genuine apple airport card). Never seen a problem since.
     
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    Where did you get the driver for this?
    Ian
     
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    apologies i wasnt clear, im running vista, osx and windows 7, i was just commenting on the benefits of replacing the atheros card
     
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    Interestingly, I moved the folder just as described, but did NOT lose my network connections. I therefore didn't need to reconfigure anything.

    The ~/.gconf/system/networking folder has not been recreated.

    Can anyone shed any light on this?

    Ian
     
    gadgetmind, Jan 13, 2009
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