[hcflinux] hcf modem driver crashes my Gentoo 2.6.1 box
rb62 at cornell.edu
Mon Jan 26 15:57:50 EST 2004
First I want to thank linuxant for releasing a 2.6.x compatable HCF modem
driver. But I want you to know that it only partially works for me and
The driver installs and works just fine on my Gentoo box _but_ it only works
if I first run hcfpciconfig prior to using the modem. Normally you would
only have to run hcfpciconfig once during the modem driver installation.
However, I have to run it after _each_and_every_reboot_ because if I dont
then my machine will crash when I start to use the modem. The reason why it
crashes is because all the memory gets used up; the system starts endlessly
creating sh and modprobe processes which I can see when I do a ps -A. As I
said, eventually my box locks up and I have to reboot it. The lock up also
occurs if I run modprobe "hfcpciserial" at startup (in my
/etc/modules.autoload) without first running hfcpciconfig.
This is a very serious failure mode because it could cause me to lose data.
My filesystems are reiserfs and I prefer to have both read and write caching
enabled using hdparm. I don't like to reboot my computer when the
filesystems haven't been cleanly unmounted.
In the past I used to used the beta version of the hcf modem and everything
worked. I only recently needed to use the newer 2.6.x compatable HCF driver
because I switched to the 2.6.x kernel. Now I just spent $15 and am
dissatisfied because it only partially works for me. This is a very annoying
bug. I read through the hcfpciconfig script in an attempt to discover how it
loads the hcf modules without crashing my box but I couldn't figure it out.
I shouldn't have to do this anyway because I payed for the driver which isn't
GPL. Anyone else experience this bug?
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