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Bug 185198 - ipw2200 needs several rounds of loading/unloading before it works
ipw2200 needs several rounds of loading/unloading before it works
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
medium Severity medium
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Assigned To: John W. Linville
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2006-03-11 12:11 EST by Horst H. von Brand
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
4 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: 2.6.16-1.2131_FC6
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2006-04-15 21:23:03 EDT
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Relevant contents of /var/log/messages (2.61 KB, text/plain)
2006-03-11 12:11 EST, Horst H. von Brand
no flags Details
Contents of /var/log/messages from start until working ipw2200 (30.31 KB, application/octet-stream)
2006-03-31 20:33 EST, Horst H. von Brand
no flags Details

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Description Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-11 12:11:54 EST
Description of problem:
To get ipw2200 to work, I had to insert/remove/insert the module by hand several
times, each time with different error messages.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. ifup eth1
Actual results:
eth1 is not present; need several rounds of rmmod/modprobe until it is found and

Expected results:
Working the first time.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-11 12:11:54 EST
Created attachment 125998 [details]
Relevant contents of /var/log/messages
Comment 2 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-11 13:59:59 EST
Fiexed in 2.6.15-1.2041_FC5
Comment 3 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-12 10:08:02 EST
Sorry, wrong. Still the same with 2.6.15-1.2041_FC5
Comment 4 John W. Linville 2006-03-13 08:45:50 EST
Have you downloaded and installed the version 2.4 firmware from here? 
Please do so and post the results here...thanks! 
Comment 5 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-13 12:40:45 EST
Yep, that's the firmware I have. Created a local RPM for it based on the ATrpms one.

In any case, the card wouldn't work at all with older/newer firmware...
Comment 6 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-13 18:05:38 EST
BTW, it might be that the "works fine with 2.6.15-1.2041_FC5" (#2 above) was due
to restarting the machine, in which case I presume the firmware stays loaded in
the card. It broke again after a cold boot.
Comment 7 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-15 21:07:03 EST
Now (2.6.15-1.2054_FC5) configuring the interface works fine, but it seems that
the communication to the access point breaks down after a few hundred KiB
Comment 8 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-26 19:37:08 EST
Yet again (2.6.16-1.2083_FC6), similar sypmthoms: Need to load/unload/load the
ipw2200 to get it to work. The first time it associates and gets an IP, but then
the network breaks down.
Comment 9 Dave Jones 2006-03-28 18:17:22 EST
latest driver needs 3.0 firmware. try that ?
Comment 10 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-29 12:27:54 EST
I do have firmware 3.0. If I hadn't, the card wouldn't work at all, doesn't it?

Just checked, the firmware file at intel hasn't changed, and the (self-built)
RPM for firmware 3.0 is installed and checks out fine with rpm -V.

BTW, I see the same trouble (on and off) with the vanilla kernel git versions.
Comment 11 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-30 08:36:02 EST
Again, kernel-2.6.16-1.2102_FC6. "ifup eth1" claims ipw2200 isn't present, two
or three rounds of "rmmod ipw2200; modprobe ipw2200" make it work
Comment 12 John W. Linville 2006-03-30 09:32:26 EST
FWIW, I sent some email to the ipw2200 maintainers to see if they have any 
Comment 13 Chuyee 2006-03-30 10:14:23 EST
Can you attach the dmesg during the "rmmod ipw2200; modprobe ipw2200" ?
Comment 14 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-31 20:33:34 EST
Created attachment 127167 [details]
Contents of /var/log/messages from start until working ipw2200

Kernel 2.6.16-1.2106_FC6

I had to do 2 rounds of "rmmod ipw2200; modprobe ipw2200" until it didn't claim
the card isn't present, and then some more until it worked...

I looked the attached messages over, the file ipw2200-bss.fw it claims isn't
there or is broken is definitely there, and the same than the one at the Intel
Comment 15 Horst H. von Brand 2006-04-01 20:19:58 EST
FYI, the vanilla kernel as of yesterday (20060331) from git works OK.
Comment 16 Chuyee 2006-04-02 22:29:55 EDT
This looks more likely a firmware hotplug/udev bug.
Comment 17 Horst H. von Brand 2006-04-04 22:04:16 EDT
Now (kernel-2.6.16-1.2118_FC6) it works. Or did once. Let's see...
Comment 18 Horst H. von Brand 2006-04-05 10:55:04 EDT
Two cold boots, "ifup eth1" works the first time. Let's look for a third...
Comment 19 Horst H. von Brand 2006-04-05 17:57:57 EDT
Tried now (kernel-2.6.16-1.2121_FC6). Needed to "rmmod ipw2200; insmod ipw2200"
to get it to work, ifup eth1 claimed the card wasn't present.
Comment 20 Horst H. von Brand 2006-04-15 21:23:03 EDT
Now it works the first time (2.6.16-1.2131_FC6, and some earlier ones). Have
tried several times, it seems the problem is really gone.

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