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Old 10-04-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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udevd hangs for few seconds - cfg80211: failed to add phy80211 symlink to netdev!


I have Dell Latitude D600 and D610, both have ipw2200. First I installed Slackware 14 on D600 with generic kernel with initrd (ext4). I notice udevd hang, I don't use wifi on it so I removed and problem went away. Today I did fresh install on D610 with generic-smp-3.2.29 with initrd (ext4) and udevd also hangs for few seconds (see link below). I think on D600 with Slackware 13.37 on 3.2 kernel I did not have that problem.
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If it is the problem I think it is, then you can workaround it by adding your wlan
driver to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf ( in my case I had to add: blacklist brcmsmac )
and then load the module via modprobe in /etc/rc.d/rc.local...

Problem is caused by a change in udev, upgrading to a newer kernel version (3.4+) should also fix it.
If you want to know more details:

Last edited by hotchili; 10-04-2012 at 07:43 PM.
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i could use this trick for my old laptop which also uses ipw2200 firmware and have the same problems

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Hello agrest,

I had exactly the same issue with the same ipw2200 wireless module and fixed it with the solution that hotchili explains a while ago. You will find other posts here explaining the issue.



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