samsung N130 WLAN connection lost

this happens every time after some time… i loose the connection to the router, with win xp this doesnt happen, here a part of /var/log/messages:

Nov 18 21:50:14 soapine4 kernel: 275.784281] Uhhuh. NMI received for unknown reason a1 on CPU 0.
Nov 18 21:50:14 soapine4 kernel: 275.784281] You have some hardware problem, likely on the PCI bus.
Nov 18 21:50:14 soapine4 kernel: 275.784281] Dazed and confused, but trying to continue
Nov 18 21:50:18 soapine4 kernel: 279.783645] wlan0: no probe response from AP xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx - disassociating

whats the problem with the pci-bus? wlan is atheros, the kernel driver works, but sometimes the. connection is lost or i can force it with the use of install software via yast, doesnt make sense…:sarcastic:

here the output of lspci:

02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

found a dirty solution:

use ndiswrapper and the win driver

That card uses the ath9k driver, which (from what I’ve read) the version of it that was shipped with openSUSE 11.2 had a lot of bugs that have since been fixed in subsequent releases.

Even though I see you solved the problem using ndis, if you would like to see if you can get it working with the Linux driver you can install the compat-wireless package for your kernel. This package includes updated kernel modules for a variety of different wireless cards.

It isn’t in any of the main repositories, but if you go to Webpin and search “compat-wireless” for the appropriate version of openSUSE you are using, you can install it using the one-click install button.

Make sure you choose the kmp package that corresponds with whatever kernel you are running (ie. pae, default, rt, etc.). You can check what kernel you have by typing at command line:

uname -r

If you are using openSUSE 11.2, you can also use the “Package Search (Webpin)” Yast module. This searches the same website, but makes installation similar to installing packages in Software Management.

Whatever way you use to install it, after it is installed, reboot your laptop and then try out the wireless. I did this for my laptop under openSUSE 11.1, and I saw a substantial improvement in signal range and performance.