missing marvell sd8xxx driver

Bug #210839 reported by Pau Oliva on 2008-04-02
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The Marvell M-WLAN Driver is missing in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24.

In Ubuntu 8.04 beta, this package does not have the /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/ubuntu/wireless/sd8686/sd8xxx.ko module, found in previous version (ubuntu 7.10).

However after extracting the source package I can see that it is in /ubuntu/wireless/marvell/ directory, but for some reason not included in the binary release of the package.

Pau Oliva (poliva) wrote :

Ok, tired of waiting I have compiled the package from source and found what is missing:

1) In ubuntu-hardy-lum/debian/config/i386 add the line CONFIG_MMC_SD8686=m
2) Then compile it using 'dpkg-buildpackage', the resulting module will be in ubuntu-hardy-lum/debian/build/build-386/wireless/marvell/8686_wlan/sd8686.ko

Pau Oliva (poliva) on 2008-04-13
Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
assignee: nobody → amitk
Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
assignee: amitk → ubuntu-kernel-team
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Pau Oliva (poliva) wrote :

To properly fix this bug, please add the Marvell modules to the debian config file and recompile the binary package.


Then add the marvell firmware too, which can be downloaded from marvell website here:

It should be placed in /lib/firmware/mrvl/ directory.

I have tested the SD8686 module on HTC Shift UMPC and it works like a charm, I know there are only 5 days left, but it would be nice if you can fix this bug before 8.04 final is released.

Pau Oliva (poliva) wrote :

Per kernel team bug policies, I attach the following information.

Pau Oliva (poliva) wrote :
Pau Oliva (poliva) wrote :
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Pau Oliva (poliva) wrote :

package has been upgraded to 2.6.24-17 on Hardy, and is still missing the marvell wlan modules and firmware.

Attached is the patch to fix it.

Tim Gardner (timg-tpi) wrote :
Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
assignee: ubuntu-kernel-team → timg-tpi
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Tim Gardner (timg-tpi) wrote :

SRU Justification:

Impact: Marvell sd8xxx drivers are not loaded since they are not built.

Patch Description: Add the config definitions to i386/amd64

Patch: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/git?p=ubuntu/ubuntu-hardy-lum.git;a=commit;h=4494bdacdb8f6c8694293701c1551e8aec3049c5

TEST CASE: See bug description.

Tim Gardner (timg-tpi) wrote :

reverted. I am told that the firmware for this device is not redistributable.

Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
assignee: timg-tpi → nobody
status: Fix Committed → Won't Fix
Pau Oliva (poliva) wrote :

If that is the case, Isn't it possible to add the modules without adding the firmware, and provide a link to the users to download the firmware?

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