I am also affected by this bug on Ubuntu 8.04 x86 (32-bit). My external
(USB) rtl8187-based wireless frequently drops the connection (WPA) and
Network Manager fails to indicate this (but the Sent/Recieved count
doesn't increase) or goes to connected, but 0% connection, or goes to
100% connection but little orange triangle warning icon.

The way to fix it involves randomly (no pattern to what will work) doing
the following:

- Removing the USB stick and reconnecting
- Unloading and reloading the rtl8187 kernel module
- Unticking and ticking the connection in Network Manager forcing a 
- Restarting the computer

My connection works perfectly in a Vista installation on the same

rtl8187 drops connection
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