[driverloader] automatic driver loading of RTL8180 on RH9, kernel 2.4.20-37

Linuxant support (Jonathan) support at linuxant.com
Mon Nov 22 14:05:37 EST 2004


what is done by the 'dldrconfig -d' command which fix the problem on 
boot is to reload the DriverLoader module. Instead to use the 
'dldrconfig -d' command, you could use the following commands instead to 
reload the DriverLoader module :

modprobe driverloader

If you have a CardBUS (32-bit PCMCIA) wireless card, generally changing 
the starting order of the services fix the problem. We are currently 
investigating on this problem.

Normally, the Web Configurator HTTP daemon should be stopped by the 
init. script by using the following command :

DLDRHELPERACTION=stop /usr/lib/driverloader/webconfd

Unless you have changed the paths where DriverLoader is installed, 
DriverLoader should never attempt to read or write a file in the '/home' 


Technical specialist / Linuxant
support at linuxant.com

Horst Severini wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just bought driverloader for my RTL8180, since the linux driver
> for that card from Realtek isn't very good, and I'm generally pretty 
> happy with it.
> The one thing I don't understand is that on bootup the driver 
> apparently doesn't get loaded properly, even though driverloader 
> starts up just fine. Both the local web page, ,
> as well as '/usr/sbin/dldrconfig -i', tell me there aren't any 
> drivers loaded. So I have to either click 'Reload' on the web page -- 
> 'Refresh' doesn't do it -- or I have to run '/usr/sbin/dldrconfig -d', 
> which also reloads it apparently, and then everything's fine.
> So for now I do a '/usr/sbin/dldrconfig -d' at the end of my /etc/rc.local,
> which does the trick, but I don't think I should have to do that.
> Isn't there a simpler way to get it to load? What exactly does the 
> web page 'Reload' do? It's much faster than 'dldrconfig -d',
> so if I could do that on the command line instead, that would be an
> improvement. From watching 'dldrconfig -d', it seems like what
> actually loads it is the probing, but how do I do that probing 
> just by itself? I can't find a flag that will do just that.
> I tried changing the startup order of driverloader, pcmcia, and network,
> but that doesn't seem to help. 
> The other thing I noticed is that on shutdown, '/etc/init.d/driverloader stop'
> doesn't seem to terminate the web page daemon. So I added the line
>  kill `cat /var/run/dldrwebconfd.pid`
> to /etc/init.d/driverloader in the 'stop' section. Maybe it would be 
> useful to make that official? Or is there a reason to keep it running?
> Also, ever since I installed driverloader, sometimes my /home 
> partition won't unmount on shutdown, claims to be busy, but I can't figure 
> out why. Doesn't always happen, but frequently. Any idea why that could be?
> Maybe it's something unrelated, but it started happening right after I
> installed driverloader, so that makes me wonder ...
> And finally, does anyone know of a good linux wireless configuration GUI, 
> which scans for available access points, monitors their signal strengths
> and quality, and allows me to switch between them? I'm trying to get 
> KIFI to compile, but I'm having difficulties because it apparently
> needs KDE 3.3, but my RH9 has only 3.1. Any other good tools out there?
> Thanks a lot,
> 	Horst
> P.S.: Please be sure to reply to me directly, since I'm not on the 
> mailing list at this time.
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