Bug 451618 - Broadcom wireless causing system to crash with network manager.
Broadcom wireless causing system to crash with network manager.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: John W. Linville
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-06-16 04:05 EDT by Ashesh
Modified: 2008-06-25 16:46 EDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: kernel-
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-06-25 16:46:19 EDT
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2008-06-16 04:05 EDT, Ashesh
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Description Ashesh 2008-06-16 04:05:31 EDT
Description of problem:
I recently happened to notice something strange about my Fedora 8 laptop
(hardware specs in my signature).
Today, while playing music using amarok/audacious, I happened to see my wireless
light cycle between activated (blue) and deactivated (red) repeatedly coupled
with a heavy upsurge in hard drive usage as seen on my system monitor. I for
once let the system run, keeping the playback continued, and the same happened
after some time again. I decided to deactivate my wireless using the external
switch but as soon as I did, the system froze and I had to hit the switch.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Enable wireless from network manager
2. Start audio playback using amarok, etc.
3. Wireless enabled/disabled light cycles repeatedly and quickly. If wireless is
disabled using the switch at this instant, the system crashes immediately.
Actual results:
System freezes.

Expected results:
System should run smoothly and network manager should know that the hardware
switch for the wireless has been thrown to off.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Ashesh 2008-06-16 04:05:31 EDT
Created attachment 309469 [details]
Comment 2 Ashesh 2008-06-16 12:40:11 EDT
Compaq Presario V3424 AU
1.5 GB RAM
AMD Turion 2.20 Ghz @ 64
Nvidia GeForce Go 6150
Broadcom w/l 43xx
Comment 3 Ashesh 2008-06-22 23:36:29 EDT
Does anyone need more information about the problem or my hardware?
Comment 4 Dhaval Giani 2008-06-23 09:18:44 EDT
This does not seem to be a NetworkManager issue. It seems to be more like a
wireless driver issue. Adding wireless maintainer to the cc.

Can you do a rpm -qv kernel as well?
Comment 5 Dhaval Giani 2008-06-23 09:19:30 EDT
BTW, have you tried updating your firmware as suggested by the logs?
Comment 6 John W. Linville 2008-06-23 15:35:45 EDT
I think there is a related fix in the latest F8 kernels...could you try one from


Does this work better for you?
Comment 7 Ashesh 2008-06-25 16:08:16 EDT
Thank you all, I updated the drivers and it all seems to be fine now. Problem

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