Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 144130
ipw2200 v0.13 is horribly broken
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:14:41 EST
Description of problem:
I just noticed the errata FC3 kernel kernel-2.6.9-1.724_FC3 now
includes the Centrino wireless drivers (yah!).
I found out that the ipw2200 driver was v0.13. :(
The 0.13 driver has numerous kernel panic bugs because of bad locking
that usually only show up at G data rates.
Additionally 0.13 (and higher, until v0.19) has a major bug that
doesn't allow association to an access point if the access point is
serving multiple wireless networks (common in the enterprise, not
common at home).
See bug: http://www.bughost.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=207
Basically, please upgrade to the v0.19 ipw2200 driver as it has proven
stable under heavy load and will associate to APs with multiple networks.
At our office we have 6 Linux instructors who all have laptops with
the ipw2200 card, so we have a lot of experience with this and it
makes a big difference for us.
It's still horribly broken in the kernel-2.6.10-1.741_FC3 kernel package.
Compiled 0.19 from source and as ever it worked at once.
I noticed that kernel-2.6.11-1.14_FC3 now ships v1.0. Great!
This can probably be closed now, but it should be noted that there is newer
version of this driver (1.0.3 as of this writing) and they solve a
hang-on-big-file-xfer problem for me.
I'll rebase the FC4 kernel to it sometime, and backport it to FC3 later.