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iwl3945 intermittant drops with Network Manager, better with ifup and wicd

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http://forums.opensuse.org – Installed openSUSE 11.3 over an existing 'very stable' 11.2 installation and started experiencing wireless connectivity issues immediately. Network Manager would show connected 100% - 92% but I would lose connectivity to mail, browser and messenger(s). This disconnect would last less than 30 secs but would occur every 2 to 4 minutes. dmesg reported: [ 3663.672098] iwl3945 0000:03:00.0: Failed to get channel info for channel 3 [1] [ 3664.101085] iwl3945 0000:03:00.0: Failed to get channel info for channel 3 [1] [ 3664.529050] iwl3945 0000:03:00.0: Failed to g (Distributions)