Bug 429089 - udev-118-1.fc8 broken: IPW2200 Adapter firmware no longer detected following upgrade to Fedora 8
Summary: udev-118-1.fc8 broken: IPW2200 Adapter firmware no longer detected following ...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: udev
Version: 8
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Harald Hoyer
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-01-17 07:15 UTC by Muyi Taiwo
Modified: 2008-11-26 17:37 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version: F8
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-11-26 17:37:10 UTC

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Description Muyi Taiwo 2008-01-17 07:15:08 UTC
Description of problem:
ipw2200 firmware fails to load on boot, although wireless adapter is correctly

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

How reproducible:
Every time computer starts

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Shut down laptop
2. Turn on laptop
3. Check for loading of ipw2200 firmware:
   dmesg | grep ipw2200
Actual results:
1. Results of dmesg | grep ipw2200:
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.2kmprq
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: ipw2200-bss.fw request_firmware failed: Reason -2
ipw2200: Unable to load firmware: -2
ipw2200: failed to register network device
ipw2200: probe of 0000:06:05.0 failed with error -5

2. Wireless adapter does not work, is not detected by NetworkManager

Expected results:
1. Expect wireless adpater to be active, and be able to connect to access point

Additional info:
-- HP Pavilion dv4000 (built-in Intel PRO/Wireless IPW2200 Wireless adapter)
-- Fedora 8
-- kernel
-- ipw2200-firmware-3.0-9

Comment 1 Matthias Saou 2008-01-17 13:48:58 UTC
If you check, the package you have does provide /lib/firmware/ipw2200-bss.fw, so
I'd start looking at your udev to see if it's running okay or not. In any case,
this is not directly linked to the firmware package, but accessing the firmware
file... so there's nothing I can do at the firmware package level, sorry.

Please reassign to the right component once you've found the faulty one.

Comment 2 Muyi Taiwo 2008-01-17 22:09:27 UTC
udev is working for other devices.  Am I missing a script to load the firmware
in my version of udev?  my udev version is udev-118-1.fc8

Comment 3 Muyi Taiwo 2008-01-19 01:50:48 UTC
I've found the problem: 

The udev files responsible for loading firmware in Fedora 8 are broken. 
Apparently, older versions of udev used /sbin/firmware_helper to load firmware
files, but the one in Fedora 8 (and possibly a few versions before that) use

The fix for the problem is to replace occurrences of /sbin/firmware_helper in
files loading firmware with /lib/udev/firmware.sh.  For me, the affected file
was /etc/udev/rules.d/06-udev-rh-early.rules.  Just to be safe, I also put the
complete path to firmware.sh in the file /etc/udev/rules.d/50-udev-default.rules.

PS: I've changed the Summary of this bug to reflect the real cause.

Comment 4 Klaasjan Brand 2008-01-28 09:22:53 UTC
Same problem here with an Intel 4965 adapter.

Comment 5 Klaasjan Brand 2008-01-29 08:00:47 UTC
Btw. this is on x86-64.
The "starting udev" on boot seems to hang a long time before normal booting
continues, presumably because of the failing firmware upload.

Comment 6 Klaasjan Brand 2008-01-30 15:45:18 UTC
Ok, did some extra debugging on this issue (it really bugs me when I can't use

It seems something changed which causes the wireless driver firmware load to
timeout. By hacking the /lib/udev/firmware script to write a bigger timout value
to /sys/class/firmware/timeout everything is loading perfectly again.

This really needs to be fixed in the distribution of course...

Comment 7 Matthias Saou 2008-02-03 11:31:06 UTC
Reassigning to udev owner, as this won't get looked at if it stays assigned to
me ;-)

Comment 8 Harald Hoyer 2008-02-20 10:52:54 UTC
$ fgrep  -r firmware /etc/udev/rules.d/
/etc/udev/rules.d/50-udev-default.rules:# firmware class requests
/etc/udev/rules.d/50-udev-default.rules:SUBSYSTEM=="firmware", ACTION=="add",

$ rpm -q udev

no /etc/udev/rules.d/06-udev-rh-early.rules file here

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Comment 10 Jon Stanley 2008-11-26 17:37:10 UTC
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If this is not the case, please re-open this report, noting the version of the package that you reproduced the bug against.

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