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    ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting

    I'm a Linux/Ubuntu noobie - installed Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook on my tablet PC this weekend - all good except.. WiFi keeps dropping out.

    PC has Intel 2200BG adapter installed. AP has 11g only traffic selected.

    I found a lot of similar posts regarding 2200BG, but I don't think I've seen any solutions yet.

    A few bits of relevant info..

    tim@Tablet:~$ ls -al /lib/firmware | grep ipw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 209190 2010-08-16 20:02 ipw2100-1.3.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 201138 2010-08-16 20:02 ipw2100-1.3-i.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 196458 2010-08-16 20:02 ipw2100-1.3-p.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 191154 2010-08-16 20:02 ipw2200-bss.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 185428 2010-08-16 20:02 ipw2200-ibss.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 187836 2010-08-16 20:02 ipw2200-sniffer.fw
    tim@Tablet:~$

    tim@Tablet:~$ dmesg | grep ipw
    [ 25.936425] libipw: 802.11 data/management/control stack, git-1.1.13
    [ 25.936436] libipw: Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Intel Corporation <jketreno@linux.intel.com>
    [ 26.199441] ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.2kmprq
    [ 26.199454] ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
    [ 26.199710] ipw2200 0000:02:06.0: PCI INT A -> Link[LNKA] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
    [ 26.216292] ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    [ 26.943176] ipw2200: Detected geography ZZR (14 802.11bg channels, 0 802.11a channels)
    [ 582.020821] ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting.
    [ 590.641125] ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting.
    [ etc etc...

    What is the latest thinking on this problem?

    Should I consider updating the ipw2200 driver/firmware??
    If so, is there an idiots guide on how to do this?

    Any help gratefully received...

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    Re: ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting

    AP has 11g only traffic selected.
    Does it drop if you change the router to autonegotiate the rate? That is, mixed B and G?
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    Re: ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting

    OK thanks Chili555 - tried this, but WiFi still dropping out.
    What should I try next?
    Thanks

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    Re: ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting

    Please try installing linux-backports-modules-compat-wireless-2.6.36-maverick-generic through System > Administration > Synaptic. It evidently has a newer version of iwp2200 in it. You might also change the channel your router is on; perhaps you have some radio frequency interference from dimmers, cordless phones, microwaves, nearby ham radios, etc. I have the best luck on channel 11.

    Can you interrupt the boot process with the shift key and boot into an earlier kernel version? Is the behavior improved?

    Last, you might look in:
    Code:
    sudo cat /var/log/syslog | grep -e eth -e ipw
    See if there are any clues as to what is causing the drops aside from a firmware error. If the file is sparse, it has recently been archived and started fresh; look in syslog.1.
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    Re: ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting

    Couldn't find linux-backports-modules-compat-wireless-2.6.36-maverick-generic through System > Administration > Synaptic. found compat-wireless-2011-01-26 online and downloaded but unable to compile - gcc not installed

    Linux Tablet 2.6.35-24-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 2 01:41:57 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
    Netbook edition - installed via USB

    sudo cat /var/log/syslog | grep -e eth -e ipw
    ....
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): device state change: 5 -> 6 (reason 0)
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) complete.
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) scheduled...
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) started...
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): device state change: 6 -> 4 (reason 0)
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) scheduled...
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) complete.
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) starting...
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): device state change: 4 -> 5 (reason 0)
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1/wireless): connection 'Auto TimHome' has security, and secrets exist. No new secrets needed.
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) complete.
    Jan 26 20:51:06 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: disconnected -> scanning
    Jan 26 20:51:07 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: scanning -> associating
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: associating -> associated
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: associated -> completed
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1/wireless) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) successful. Connected to wireless network 'TimHome'.
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) scheduled.
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) started...
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): device state change: 5 -> 7 (reason 0)
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Beginning DHCPv4 transaction (timeout in 45 seconds)
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) complete.
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet dhclient: Listening on LPF/eth1/00:0e:35:9b:41:83
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet dhclient: Sending on LPF/eth1/00:0e:35:9b:41:83
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet dhclient: DHCPREQUEST of 192.168.1.17 on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
    Jan 26 20:51:08 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): DHCPv4 state changed nbi -> preinit
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet dhclient: DHCPREQUEST of 192.168.1.17 on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): DHCPv4 state changed preinit -> reboot
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 4 of 5 (IP4 Configure Get) scheduled...
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 4 of 5 (IP4 Configure Get) started...
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 5 of 5 (IP Configure Commit) scheduled...
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 4 of 5 (IP4 Configure Get) complete.
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 5 of 5 (IP Configure Commit) started...
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet avahi-daemon[712]: Joining mDNS multicast group on interface eth1.IPv4 with address 192.168.1.17.
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet avahi-daemon[712]: New relevant interface eth1.IPv4 for mDNS.
    Jan 26 20:51:11 Tablet avahi-daemon[712]: Registering new address record for 192.168.1.17 on eth1.IPv4.
    Jan 26 20:51:12 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): device state change: 7 -> 8 (reason 0)
    Jan 26 20:51:12 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Policy set 'Auto TimHome' (eth1) as default for IPv4 routing and DNS.
    Jan 26 20:51:12 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) successful, device activated.
    Jan 26 20:51:12 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 5 of 5 (IP Configure Commit) complete.
    Jan 26 20:52:02 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: completed -> disconnected
    Jan 26 20:52:02 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: disconnected -> scanning
    Jan 26 20:52:03 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: scanning -> associating
    Jan 26 20:52:03 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: associating -> associated
    Jan 26 20:52:03 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: associated -> completed
    Jan 26 20:53:10 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: completed -> disconnected
    Jan 26 20:53:10 Tablet NetworkManager[714]: <info> (eth1): supplicant connection state: disconnected -> scanning

    Thinking about buying a different wireless card to solve this!?
    thanks..

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    Re: ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting

    Are you on a home or business network.....if it's a home network, the subnet mask is wrong, it should be 255.255.255.0, this could be why your signal drops off....just a thought...cheers

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    Re: ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting

    found compat-wireless-2011-01-26 online and downloaded but unable to compile - gcc not installed
    That's probably the long way around. Let's reserve that for Plan B. With an internet connection, try:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-compat-wireless-2.6.36-`uname -r`
    Those tick marks are on the left side of my US keyboard on the same key with ~.

    In your first post, you showed the size of the firmware files. Although mine are the exact same size, let's check their integrity with md5sum. Run this command:
    Code:
    md5sum /lib/firmware/ipw2200*
    You are hoping for this result:
    Code:
    045a46163341514ef17490c76bd0c858  /lib/firmware/ipw2200-bss.fw
    44cdedc8d5a0eb727466ed982db97a53  /lib/firmware/ipw2200-ibss.fw
    ebc70dce66f876695fa8852b8ff757ee  /lib/firmware/ipw2200-sniffer.fw
    Let us know if the sums are different.
    .if it's a home network, the subnet mask is wrong
    I believe dhclient, which is called by Network Manager, uses x.255. I don't believe Tim can change it.
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    Smile Re: ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting

    Excellent chili555 - all installed OK - WiFi now stable !! - ipw2200 checksums match OK.
    Thank you chili555..

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