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I have just installed SuSe Linux 9 on my laptop. The installation went smoothly with my Linksys wireless plugged in, but upon rebooting, the system abruptly freezes at the line "Loading pcmcia..".
I have encountered the same problem when I was user of Fedora Core 1. Based on my previous experience, I took out the wireless card and the system was able to boot up normally again. To use the wireless card w/o freezing the system, I had to enter acpi=off as a bootup option. What is happening? Don't the major Linux vendors detect this problem with their offerings?
I want to use my wireless card but retain the benefits of the power management system . Without acpi=on, I am unable to make the laptop battery applet work properly for me, which is silly, isn't it? I have done some intensive googling with results that suggest that some laptops do not support acpi very well. I discount this possibility because I have installed Lycoris previously (before Fedora Core 1) and both the wireless card and acpi works together w/o freezing my system! ( Please do not ask why I switch from Lycoris to Fedora and then to SuSE, its a long and painful story :-( )
The first line is only really there for completeness. Then you have to get it to run at boot time. There I'm not sure how SuSe does it. It usually involves the /etc/rcX directories. Have a look around for info about SuSe startup scripts in google or this site.