Custom kernel driver help

Michael Lovell toelovell at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 12:18:07 MDT 2007


Spencer Gibb wrote:
> All,
>
> Thanks for your help in advance.  I recently bought a shuttle
> barebones system, model SS21T.  It's mobo uses some SiS drivers which
> have trouble in linux (Ubunutu 6.10).  To get the network and SATA
> drivers I needed to use the Howto here
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ShuttleSs30G2InstallEdgyHowTo
>
> In short, I now have two custom kernel drivers.  The network driver
> works, but only after I do the following;
>
> rmmod sis190
> modprobe sis190
> /etc/init.d/networking restart
>
> Any ideas?  Why does it work after rmmod and modprobe, but not before?
> This is going to be a headless machine, so I can't be entering these
> commands if I need to reboot.
>
> Output from dmesg
> [17179610.448000] sis190.c: v1.00.00 12/14/2004
> [17179610.448000] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:04.0[A] -> GSI 19
> (level, low) -> IRQ 225
> [17179610.448000] PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:04.0 to 64
> [17179610.448000] sis_priv->vendor = 1039, sis_priv->device = 190
> [17179610.448000] eth0: Read MAC address from EEPROM
> [17179610.448000] eth0: Unknown PHY transceiver found at address 1.
> [17179610.456000] eth0: Using transceiver found at address 1 as default
> [17179610.792000] input: ImPS/2 Generic Wheel Mouse as
> /class/input/input2
> [17179610.852000] ts: Compaq touchscreen protocol output
> [17179612.060000] eth0: Media Link On 100 Mbps full-duplex
> [17179612.060000] eth0: SiS 190 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter at 0xfd00,
> IRQ 225, 00:30:1b:42:90:73.
> [17179612.060000] eth0: Run in GMII mode.
> [17179612.060000] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:02.7[C] -> GSI 18
> (level, low) -> IRQ 233
> [17179612.376000] intel8x0_measure_ac97_clock: measured 54859 usecs
> [17179612.376000] intel8x0: clocking to 48000
> [17179612.512000] lp0: using parport0 (interrupt-driven).
>
>
What I would try to do is compile the network driver into the kernel
instead of using a module for it. I'm not too familiar with the proper
ubuntu way of compiling a kernel. My guess would be that you could do
this by running make menuconfig before you do make-kpkg in that tutorial
and making sure that it is set to compile the driver in instead of a
module. Then you should be able to continue with the rest of the
tutorial. Hopefully that would work but I am not an expert at building
Ubuntu Kernels. Good Luck.

Mike Lovell



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