Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 429089
udev-118-1.fc8 broken: IPW2200 Adapter firmware no longer detected following upgrade to Fedora 8
Last modified: 2008-11-26 12:37:10 EST
Description of problem:
ipw2200 firmware fails to load on boot, although wireless adapter is correctly
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
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
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
1. Expect wireless adpater to be active, and be able to connect to access point
-- HP Pavilion dv4000 (built-in Intel PRO/Wireless IPW2200 Wireless adapter)
-- Fedora 8
-- kernel 184.108.40.206-85.fc8
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.
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
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.
Same problem here with an Intel 4965 adapter.
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.
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...
Reassigning to udev owner, as this won't get looked at if it stays assigned to
$ fgrep -r firmware /etc/udev/rules.d/
/etc/udev/rules.d/50-udev-default.rules:# firmware class requests
$ rpm -q udev
no /etc/udev/rules.d/06-udev-rh-early.rules file here
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