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OK well I got my card to connect and all that but now it absolutely refuses to hold the connection for more than a minute or so and will not reconnect unless I reboot the system. I have a syslog here if anyone needs it

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Try installing the deb from this link.

..note the instructions at the bottom, in case you switch kernels to a different kernel -- e.g., from linux-generic to linux-server. Upgrades of the same kernel type should be handled automatically.

You may also need to disable the old driver by doing the following:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/myblacklist.conf

..and enter the following lines:

#blacklisting the old wireless drivers
blacklist rt2800pci
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If you have open source driver you should try with proprietary one using Markus Heberling PPA, you need to properly blacklist open source driver before you install proprietary one:

Proprietary works better for most people including me because it is more mature. Good luck!

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Unfortunately that's precisely what I've done to even get it to use the wireless card and pick up other networks and it still drops out after a minute or so. – Callum H Aug 27 '11 at 6:40

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