Valur Olafsson wrote:
Before going into the problem at hand let me say that my desktop computer
was working as it should running SUSE 9.2, which was installed on the
machine before I upgraded to SUSE 9.3.
Now to the problem. As the title indicates I have been experiencing
lockups after upgrading my AMD64 desktop machine to 64-bit SUSE 9.3.
This all started when I wanted to configure my USB Linksys wireless card
(WUSB11 v2.8) on my desktop. I needed to configure it to access the
internet. So, like I did when I installed SUSE 9.2 in the past, I
installed the wireless-tools and atmel-firmware rpms, and plugged the
WUSB11 into a USB port on my desktop. Using 'dmesg' I saw that the atmel
firmware got uploaded to the WUSB11. So the system recognized the WUSB11
as it had done when I was running 9.2. Then I went into the network
module in Yast2 and setup the wireless connection. After that I needed to
unplug and plug the WUSB11 to get it to start to connect to my router,
but as it was about the get an IP from my router the computer froze.
At first I did not know what the problem was, so I tried to install
different versions of the atmel-firmware rpm, both the one that came with
9.2 (and had worked previously) and the most recent one from the homepage
of the atmel-firmware project. Still the computer froze when the WUSB11
was about to get an IP from my router. Next I thought that maybe the
dhcp client on SUSE 9.3 was to blame so I hardwired a particular IP to
WUSB11 when setting up the connection in the network module in Yast2 to
bypass it. This did the trick, I was finally able to get online, without
the machine locking up. This is currently the only way I know how to get
the computer online using the WUSB11.
This however was to be a short victory, since about a half an hour after
getting online for the first time, while surfing the net, the computer
locked up again. This time, I was not doing anything specific, just
browsing the web through the wireless connection. I thought that maybe
this was a one off thing, but this has happened multiple times after that
As I said in the first paragraph, everything was working well when running
SUSE 9.2 on the same hardware and using the same WUSB11 device to access
the internet. Also, the machine is a dual boot machine, and everything
is working fine in windows.
So what would be my next steps in debugging this problem. Currently, I
have no idea what is causing the lockups, or why even the dhcp should be
causing lockups when I'm not bypassing that by hardwiring the IP. Any
suggestions to logs or something of that sort that I should be looking at
are welcome, 'cause I sure as hell don't know what should be my next
I had even worse problems with a Belkin F5D6050 usb adapter. The
adapter was recognised as "wlan0" device. However, whenever I tried to
connect to the wirless network my entire system would freeze, forcing me
to hard boot the PC. My solution was to delete the wireless drivers
provided by SuSE located in the /lib/modules directory and to compile
the drivers from source.
My suggestion would be that you try this approach, if you can find the
source code for the the drivers.
Are you talking about the source that comes when you install the km_wlan rpm
that comes with suse 9.3. If so, then that is just what I did, that is, I
deleted the wireless drivers in /lib/modules and compiled the drivers from
source that came from the km_wlan rpm. Did you maybe find some other source
for the drivers that worked for you? I ask, because I believe that our USB
adapters have the same atmel chipset. My adapter uses the at76c503
(at76c505_rfmd2958 to be more specific) kernel module. Anyway, after the
recompile, I still need to hardwire the IP number for the adapter when I am
setting it up in the network module in Yast2. But, so far, I've had no
lockups and thus no hard reboots needed to fix that.
Thanks for all the help,