[Bug 180544] Re: ipw2200 driver fails to load firmware (patch attached)

Nick Leverton nick at leverton.org
Tue Jun 17 19:55:50 UTC 2008

On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 03:34:36PM -0000, Nick Leverton wrote:
> On the other hand there could well be more than one problem here ...
> I see the initramfs-tools package has just been re-issued but this fix
> is still not applied.  But - I now have working ipw2200 even though this
> patch is not included in it.

I spoke too soon, just rebooted into latest kernel and once again the
same error:

ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
ipw2200: ipw2200-bss.fw request_firmware failed: Reason -2

I can apply the above patch to the new
/usr/share/initramfs-tools/hook-functions and rebuild initramfs to get
a working driver at boot again.

Don't know how to raise the visibility on this bugfix ... anyone ?

>                               And I've had no "firmware error, restarting"
> messages recently (last five days). Has something else changed concerning
> module firmware behaviour I wonder ?

At least this remains true, I've had only three "Firmware error,
restarting" since 8th June.  Prior to that it was several times per hour
so this at least has improved a lot :)

Serendipity: http://www.leverton.org/blosxom (last update 6th June 2008)
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