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Default ping: sendmsg: No buffer space available - 05-22-2009, 02:39 PM

The last few weeks I've been seeing my stock Broadcom connectivity drop in my Mini 9. Signal strength remains good, and it stays connected to the AP, but after 5-10 minutes ping gives
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ping: sendmsg: No buffer space available
When trying to ping my router. Has anyone seen this? Is my wifi card going bad?. I've submitted a bug for it on launchpad if anyone's interested
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...28/+bug/379166

It's driving me mad.

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Default 05-23-2009, 03:33 PM

Your guess about the card having trouble seems like a good one, although it could just as easily be the driver. Of these two possibilities, the wireless card going bad seems the most likely, since you would think that other folks would be reporting similar problems if there's an issue with the driver (maybe they have been and I just haven't noticed). Still, it could be the driver. Have you tried running off of a USB stick for a while to see if the problem also occurs in that context? If it happens when running off of your SSD but doesn't happen when running off of the USB stick, then it might be software related, and thus fixable without sending it back to Dell.
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Default 05-27-2009, 03:27 AM

Been out on holiday.

I've done a clean reinstall, to check, as well as running a live-usb install. Nothing changes. I'd rather not be out for weeks waiting on Dell, so I'll probably just buy a better card, likely an Intel something after some research, something around $40 or so.

I'll report back if/when it's resolved after further testing.

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Default 05-27-2009, 04:10 AM

If you have the return-to-depot contract, then as long as Dell can determine to their satisfaction that it's the wireless card, they're perfectly capable of sending you just a replacement wifi card. I've sent them out before myself, there's no policy that says it HAS to go into depot for 2 weeks.


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Default 05-27-2009, 04:32 PM

That's good to know. I have the standard free 1 year mail in support, I believe.
However, as it has UNR 9.04 and not the Dell 8.04 OS, will it be problematic for Dell to decide it's a hardware issue since I don't have any original diagnostic utilities/partitions on the drive anymore?

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Default 05-31-2009, 10:44 PM

Never got a reply from my Dell rep, and with the weather getting nice, I really want to get it mobile again.
So, I just ordered from Amazon:
Intel Pro/wireless 3945ABG Network Connection - Network Adapter - Mini-pci Express
Amazon.com: Intel Pro/wireless 3945ABG Network Connection - Network Adapter - Mini-pci Expre: Electronics

I believe this wifi chipset is in my 1420, which is very reliable and requires no restricted drivers to work. Plus, it's only $28 US
I realize I could have upgraded to N speeds, but I'm really just looking for reliable G speeds, which my router is capable of.

I'll report back after it arrives, and the results.


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Default 06-03-2009, 05:01 PM

Strange. I booted my mini today (haven't done so in a few days, sketchy wifi makes it semi-useless for my purposes) just to see how long the battery is running, since I have upgraded/downgraded the BIOS recently to try out anything that might fix the wifi.

I just went back to A05 from A04 last night, and booted this morning to let the battery drain down and "reset", as it seems to not register batterly life accurately after BIOS flashes.

Well, it's uptime is now 1:40, streaming a local radio station webcam the whole time. The wireless hasn't stayed up for for an hour and half in a looong time.

My new intel card is still enroute, and I'll still swap it out as Intel is generally more reliable hardware than broadcom for wireless under Linux, but this is an interesting development.


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Default 06-07-2009, 02:25 AM

Got my new wireless card yesterday, but haven't installed it yet because the broadcom started behaving perfectly on Thursday!?!

As a result, I'm going to put the new card in the drawer until it's needed, or until I get the urge to tinker.
Until then, I'm gouing to let sleeping dogs lie, and keep the intel for backup. My Mini is back online!


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