FC3, Linuxant, stock kernel (2.6.9-1.667) and 4k stacks
- I was able to download Fedora Core 3 on Monday, and so yesterday like a
husband I went to upgrade my wife's laptop yesterday (Dell Inspiron 1100,
with D-Link DWL-G650 wireless card). Previously (FC1), the wireless card
was working with the Linuxant package (I tried both ndiswrapper and madwifi
and was unable to get either to work), so I wanted to continue using it in
However, trying to update the drivers via their browser interface and then
add license information froze the entire machine. There is indeed a
command-line interface to add license info, and this *seems* to take the new
license info without a problem, but it doesn't "stick". Running the info
command shows that I am still lacking license info. Trying to run the diag
dump command returns a stack trace, at which point the whole machine
freezes. Needless to say, the card isn't working properly in linux (though
it is in WinXP - this is a dual-boot machine).
I therefore contacted Linuxant support. It appears that the decision to go
to 4k stacks has caused them some consternation; they've recommended
replacing/patching the kernel. I asked about possible support for 4k stacks
in the future, and got this response:
"we have implemented a stack workaround in DriverLoader but unfortunately it
doesn't work on the Fedora Core 3 kernel because there are other
problematic patches inserted into this kernel.
The only solution now available is to use our own 16K stacks kernel which
is basically a Fedora Core 3 kernel which we added a 16K stacks patch and
removed other problematic patches like the 4G/4G patch."
Therefore, the suggestion is to:
1) Download a vanilla kernel from kernel.org and apply the following patch:
2) Potentially use the 2.6.9-1.667 source from the Fedora CD/download, and
patch that (as above).
3) They have what may be a pre-patched 2.6.9 kernel on their site:
verloader-2.09_k2.6.9_1.667-1fdr.i686.rpm.zip (or http://tinyurl.com/57oqs)
I'll try these, in reverse order, tonight if I can, and report back.
While I'm sure others here will have suggestions and comments, I wanted to
get this info out so that others who may have a similar problem will be able
to see this.