[driverloader] Misc. problems with the driverloader module
alexandre.cossette-pacheco at polymtl.ca
Tue Jan 6 12:29:56 EST 2004
I got it from my HP support site. The direct support page is:
contains the link to
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/softpaq/sp23001-23500/sp23088.exe which is the
* Updates Windows XP driver for Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 3B Mini PCI
Adapter to Version 184.108.40.206.
However, this sp23088.exe is an installshield executable which extracts the
drivers to a desired location (usually c:\swsetup\) and installs them. You
can extract the files from this package using the "cabextract" utility which
may or may not be included in your distro. Else you will have to extract it
alcos at whitecat alcos $ cabextract sp23088.exe
Extracting cabinet: sp23088.exe
Finished processing cabinet.
For my daemon autoconfigure problem, I can tell that I have the same problem
no matter if I use 220.127.116.11(my oldest driver), 18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124. I will try
to give you the most I can about that problem.
The daemon I wanted to use is called "waproamd" (Wireless Access Point Roaming
Daemon) [http://www.stud.uni-hamburg.de/~lennart/projects/waproamd/]. This
daemon monitors the wireless interface for available access points and can
then associate the wlan adapter to the AP by configuring the essid + wep key
or running a custom script according to the detected network (globally
customisable and per-network customisable). It can further detect when the AP
association is lost and either choose another network or unset the parameters
for the wlan adapter.
Once the AP association is made, you can either bring up the interface
manually (dhcpcd, ifup, etc...) or use a daemon like "ifplugd" which
autodetect when "a cable is plugged in" in any interface and calls dhcpcd or
ifup automatically (that is great with a laptop!!). Well that is not the
point because I had the same problems no matter if I brought the interface up
manually or via ifplugd.
The PROBLEMS when using the daemon:
1) The first AP association ALWAYS causes "netndis_xmitcomplete_handler: err
-5" errors and the inability to use the interface. It is always only on the
first association, no matter if the adapted is powered on when booting or if
I power on the adapter 1 hour after booting. The solution is to power down
the adapter (via the little button on my laptop) after having the
"netndis_xmitcomplete_handler" errors and power it up after 5 seconds. Then,
the AP association proceeds (like the first time) but I don't get the errors
anymore and I can bring the interface up without errors.
2) Second problem is that after a certain volume of traffic have passed
through the adapter, I get either some "NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth1: transmit timed
out" and/or "
ndisWrapCheckForHangTimerFunc_stk: PCI-xxxx.xxxx... hung, resetting" and/or
"netndis_xmitcomplete_handler: err -5" errors in syslog. And it doen't matter
if this "volume" of traffic is achieved in 5 minutes or 30 hours: it is only
after having this traffic that the errors occur.
My guess is that some kind of network systems calls made by waproamd interfere
with driverloader because it seems that except for monitoring, waproamd uses
standard tools (iwconfig) for configuring the wlan interface. Also, I have
made some searches about waproamd and have not found similar issues; usually
I do not have any of these problems if I configure manualy the wlan interface
(using "iwconfig eth1 essid blah" and "iwconfig eth1 key xyz" and dhcpcd or
It would be really great if I could use waproamd because it is very handy to
have wireless networks autodetected and autoconfigured and waproamd seems to
do a very great job (except for the problems it causes).
Phew.. long email, I hope this helps!
Thanks and have a nice day!
On January 06, 2004 11:41 am, Linuxant support wrote:
> the INF file still says "126.96.36.199", but if you run "strings -el
> /var/lib/driverloader/w70n51.sys", you will see "188.8.131.52".
> Did you have this version of the binary file already?
> Maybe Alexandre can tell us where he got his "184.108.40.206" from.
> Also, please let us know if you have the same results (using a daemon to
> autoconfigure or not).
> Jean-Simon Durand
> Technical specialist / Linuxant
> support at linuxant.com
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