Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 430342
SMC2532W-B pcmcia card kills F8 in Thinkpad 600E
Last modified: 2009-01-09 00:51:29 EST
Description of problem:
SMC2532W-B wireless network pcmcia card, F8 complete fresh install updated 26
Jan 08, Thinkpad 600E, kernels 22.214.171.124-107.fc8 and 126.96.36.199-63.fc8 (with
acpi=off on kernel lines in grub.conf). If the card is present during boot,
boot hangs forever during udev script. If the card is inserted after boot,
computer freezes and crashes. dmesg and /var/log/messages are unremarkable. I
have not altered modprobe.conf or rc.local except to change the soundcard module
to the correct one. This card worked fine in this computer under RH9-FC5,
except for brief misbehavior during FC3 updates. A 3Com Cardbus ethernet card
works fine, and its presence or absence makes no difference. All extraneous
services have been turned off, and the BIOS has been set to disable the serial
and IR ports. Blacklisting ononoco_cs (historically the correct module) does
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Power computer with card in place. Observe that boot hangs forever in udev
<<< OR >>>
1. Power computer without card in place. Observe normal boot.
2. Insert card. Observe that computer completely freezes (mouse is frozen,
etc.) and crashes (LEDs blink).
Boot with a functioning card.
The correct spelling of the module mentioned above is oninoco_cs.
Ach! One more time: it's orinoco_cs.
The fix is to add "blacklist hostap_cs" to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist. So there
are two problems:
1. With this computer and card, two modules are loaded for one device
2. hostap_cs is thoroughly lethal to this computer and card, at least as they
emerge from a fresh F8 installation.
reassigning to component kernel
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