Wireless cards and Linux distros are, perhaps, the number one complaint about Linux on the desktop (closely followed...
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by power management). Both issues are being assiduously worked on by Linux desktop organizations.
There are three flavors of Linux that I have seen positive things written about regarding wireless integration: Ubuntu, SUSE and Linspire/Freespire. You might try one of those to see if it does better. Also, if you do some searching on the Internet, you'll find lots of info on this topic -- it relates to the chip type used in the various wireless cards -- which means some brands of cards work better, so you might need to track down a different card. Good luck.
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