[ubuntu] Weak signal: HP G60 laptop/Ubuntu 9.10/Atheros AR5001

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Wireless signal strength is quite weak. When the laptop is a inches from the router it is OK, but moving just a few feet away causes the connection to drop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Specs are as follows: Machine Brand: HP G6-458DX laptop Wireless card info: Atheros Communications AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter iwconfig output: wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:"linksys_XXXXXXX" Mode:Managed Frequency:2.417 GHz Access Point: 00:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX Bit Rate=36 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Power Management:off Link Quality=31/70 Signal level=-79 dBm Noise level=-100 dBm Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0 lshw -C network output: *-network description: Wireless interface product: AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Atheros Communications Inc. physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0 logical name: wmaster0 version: 01 serial: 00:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath5k ip= latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg resources: irq:17 memory:d2600000-d260ffff Kernel: 2.6.31-17-generic-pae i686 Thanks much! (HowTos)