Oh great. I have experienced random hangups of my Laptop recently, and I had absolutely no clue what caused them, even after a reboot and looking into the logfiles. Today, after another hangup/crash I think I found the problem (but not the solution):
May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: sky2 eth0: tx timeout May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: x45 [sky2] May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: [pg0+943960755/1069376512] sky2_poll+0x469/0x548 [sky2] May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: [pg0+953407031/1069376512] nv_kern_isr+0x31/0x63 [nvidia] May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: [net_rx_action+82/199] net_rx_action+0x52/0xc7 May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: [__do_softirq+52/125] __do_softirq+0x34/0x7d May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: [do_softirq+34/38] do_softirq+0x22/0x26 May 16 00:08:35 localhost kernel: [irq_exit+41/52] irq_exit+0x29/0x34 May 16 00:44:32 localhost syslogd 1.4.1#17.2: restart. May 16 00:44:32 localhost kernel: klogd 1.4.1#17.2, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Note that I could do absolutely nothing on the laptop anymore, no moving the mouse, no typing on the keyboard, no switching from X11 into a text console, no CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE to kill X11, no CTRL+ALT+DELETE to reboot, nothing.
I guess I'll have to file a bugreport somewhere...
I have upgraded my kernel to Linux 2.6.16 today with some consequences:
SysKonnect Yukon2 support (EXPERIMENTAL)" option supports my network card just fine now, no need for external sk98lin drivers anymore (gah, I bet this URL will break in a few hours). For googling purposes: I have the following card:
Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8036 Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 10).
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BGwireless network card without having to use external drivers. However, the driver does not allow you to put the card into monitor mode. The code is there, it just isn't enabled, for whatever reason. I have created a trivial patch, but it seems that someone else has already fixed this issue. Just in case anyone cares, here's my patch:
diff -Naur linux-2.6.16.orig/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200.c linux-2.6.16/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200.c --- linux-2.6.16.orig/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200.c 2006-03-20 06:53:29.000000000 +0100 +++ linux-2.6.16/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200.c 2006-03-24 01:27:15.000000000 +0100 @@ -38,6 +38,9 @@ #define DRV_COPYRIGHT "Copyright(c) 2003-2005 Intel Corporation" #define DRV_VERSION IPW2200_VERSION +#define CONFIG_IPW2200_MONITOR "y" + + #define ETH_P_80211_STATS (ETH_P_80211_RAW + 1) MODULE_DESCRIPTION(DRV_DESCRIPTION);
You should better copy+paste the patch from the HTML source or it might break...
Update 2006-03-24: The loop-aes v3.1c patches apply just fine. I almost forgot to mention the NVIDIA changes...