Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 196586
xfce4-wavelan-plugin doesn't work on kernel 2.6.17
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:27:35 EST
Description of problem:
After upgrading to Kernel 2.6.17 the xfce wavelan plugin doesn't work anymore.
This Problem has also been reported als Bug 196546 because I'm not where the
source of the problem is.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. start xfce
2. add the wavelan plugin to the xfce bar
3. take a look at the plugin
the plugin shows a red bar and reports that no wavelan device was found
the plugin should show how good (or bad) the current wlan connection is
I'm using the ralink rt2500 opensource driver 1.1 b4 from
I've put some output from /proc/net/wireless under working and non-working
kernel versions in bug 196546 if that is any use.
A new kernel update has been released (Version: 2.6.18-1.2200.fc5)
based upon a new upstream kernel release.
Please retest against this new kernel, as a large number of patches
go into each upstream release, possibly including changes that
may address this problem.
This bug has been placed in NEEDINFO state.
Due to the large volume of inactive bugs in bugzilla, if this bug is
still in this state in two weeks time, it will be closed.
Should this bug still be relevant after this period, the reporter
can reopen the bug at any time. Any other users on the Cc: list
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comment to the bug.
In the last few updates, some users upgrading from FC4->FC5
have reported that installing a kernel update has left their
systems unbootable. If you have been affected by this problem
please check you only have one version of device-mapper & lvm2
installed. See bug 207474 for further details.
If this bug is a problem preventing you from installing the
release this version is filed against, please see bug 169613.
If this bug has been fixed, but you are now experiencing a different
problem, please file a separate bug for the new problem.
Created attachment 138674 [details]
Output from iwconfig under 2.6.18-1.2200
Created attachment 138675 [details]
Contents of /proc/net/wireless under 2.6.18-1.2200.fc5
The bug is still present for me under 2.6.18-1.2200.fc5 I'm afraid. I've
attached the contents of /proc/net/wireless and the output of iwconfig eth1
under this kernel. See bug 196546 for the files under a working and another
Can someone change the status of this bug as necessary please (I don't think I
have the ability to from what I can see).
Thanks for your help,
This will be a bug in the rt2500 driver. Report this to them, as we don't ship
it and hence, can't fix it.
I'm cc to this bug because you talk about Ralink kernel module that i'm trying
to review (bugzilla 202528 ). The last rewritted version (named rt2x00) works
really fine with the last fc5 kernel (2.6.18-1.2200.fc5 )!
You can see the forum of the website for how to test the kmod my website...
rt2x00 forum section...
This Warning: Driver for device eth1 has been compiled with version 20
of Wireless Extension, while this program supports up to version 19.
Some things may be broken...
I expect this will be always there - because wireless-tools needs to be updated
to compile with WE version 20 (and then need a kernel that bundled with this
version of the WE). Because wireless-tools is used by many system package such
as Network-Manager and other desktop env. package. You will need mock to rebuild
Thought is there any updated wireless-tools version for fc5 ?