Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 375951
Fedora 8 on IBM T42: ipw2200 not detected/configured correctly
Last modified: 2008-04-22 18:38:59 EDT
Description of problem:
I installed F8 on my T42 and I noticed during the install only the eth0
(on-board ethernet) was offered to be configured. I would have expected to be
able to configure my eth1 (ipw2200 on-board wifi) at this point. Not a
showstopper because I was installing from DVD.
Once I was installed I logged in a followed System -> Administration -> Network
Device Control. Nothing happened. I have this stack trace in my .xsession-errors:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/system-control-network", line 484, in <module>
window = mainDialog()
File "/usr/bin/system-control-network", line 117, in __init__
self.devicelist = self.getProfDeviceList()
File "/usr/bin/system-control-network", line 406, in getProfDeviceList
profilelist = getProfileList(refresh)
File "/usr/share/system-config-network/netconfpkg/NCProfileList.py", line 652,
File "/usr/share/system-config-network/netconfpkg/NCProfileList.py", line 75,
changed = updateNetworkScripts()
File "/usr/share/system-config-network/netconfpkg/NC_functions.py", line 940,
log.log(5, "Cannot write to %s" % (getRoot + "/"))
TypeError: unsupported operand type(s) for +: 'function' and 'str'
I then tried System -> Administration -> Network and that popped up a dialog
that looked like I could configure my wifi.
Unfortunately the wireless settings tab was not very helpful and initially
selects the "Master" mode for the interface which results in pretty useless
error messages in the logs (ioctl bad argument type stuff). I think Managed
would be a better default in 90% of cases.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This is a clean F8 install from DVD. I'm not sure if NetworkManager is the
correct component to be reporting this against (and apologies for conflating a
few issues here) feel free to reassign.
is the ipw2200 device listed ?
IS the ipw2200 firmware installed?
run ls /lib/firmware | grep ipw2200
You should have the following output..
ls /lib/firmware | grep ipw2200
Either way this doesn't appear to be a NetworkManager issue
Yes, the firmware is installed and the driver module is loaded. This is what
makes it so hard to debug the issue - I had to enable ipw2200 debug to actually
see why it would not associate with my access point (the channels did not
match). Master mode seems like a pretty bad default IMO.
system-config-network-1.5.5-1.fc8 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 8
system-config-network-1.5.5-1.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
If you want to test the update, you can install it with
su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update system-config-network'. You can provide feedback for this update here: http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F8/FEDORA-2008-2995
system-config-network-1.5.5-1.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.