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Old 07-12-2003, 07:39 PM   #1
Testosteles
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My pcmcia & wireless woes on Redhat 9


Hoping for some help here...

The situation: I started a new job about a month ago, and was delighted to learn I would be receiving a relatively new Dell 8*00 laptop (I'm not sure on the exact model, but it's their big 'desktop replacement' notebook). Since the job requires a lot of php & mysql web programming, I was pretty stoked on using linux.

The problem: I can't get a wireless card to work. So far, I've tried a crappy linksys card and an SMC 2635w pcmcia card, which is the one I will be sticking with.

Details: I don't believe the problem I'm having getting the card working is related to driver installation (yet!). In fact, Redhat doesn't even see the card in the network configuration wizard, and the card's 'power' light isn't on at all. Upon bootup into WinXP, the power button is solid the whole time, but has never once turned on in linux. Perhaps a problem with my pcmcia hardware being recognized? Also, whenever I start pcmcia services manually (via '/etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia start'), I get a *massive* keyboard lag of about 7 or 8 seconds... ie; when I type into a console, it takes a long time for the actual text to appear. I have to reboot to stop this lag... just stopping the service doesn't work.

Anyhoo... I'm just hoping someone can help shed some light on this for me. Let me know what other info I can provide, etc.

Thanks a bunch,

JP
 
Old 07-12-2003, 10:41 PM   #2
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Well well, i will try my best, seeing as how i am still a newbie myself,
I believe you are having a irq issue with your pcmcia, do you have any other pcmcia devices that are working?? do you get any messages when starting up that say something about irq's for the pcmcia?
try typing 'dmesg' and see what you get, you are probably going to have to go to /etc/modules.conf and check/change the IRQ that the pcmcia is using. try 9 or above, that worked for me, that is probably why you get the lag from the keyboard too, it's maybe trying to use a irq port already in use.

Rock on,
Hope you dont have to go through the same problems i went though, i just got my wireless working today in RH9.
Let me know if this helped, maybe i can offer more...
 
Old 07-13-2003, 11:03 AM   #3
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Hmmm... I thought I posted a reply last night, but apparently it didn't exactly work

Here's some relevant output from /var/log/message:

Quote:
Jul 12 23:15:38 localhost kernel: Linux Kernel Card Services 3.1.22
Jul 12 23:15:38 localhost kernel: options: [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
Jul 12 23:15:38 localhost kernel: PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:09.0
Jul 12 23:15:38 localhost kernel: PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:09.1
Jul 12 23:15:38 localhost kernel: Yenta IRQ list 0000, PCI irq11
Jul 12 23:15:38 localhost kernel: Socket status: 90048b84
Jul 12 23:15:38 localhost kernel: Yenta IRQ list 0000, PCI irq11
Jul 12 23:15:38 localhost kernel: Socket status: 97b40720
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost kernel: cs: socket f786d000 timed out during reset. Try increasing setup_delay.
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost pcmcia: cardmgr.
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost cardmgr[2774]: starting, version is 3.1.31
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost rc: Starting pcmcia: succeeded
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost cardmgr[2774]: watching 2 sockets
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost cardmgr[2774]: Card Services release does not match
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: clean.
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x378-0x38f 0x4d0-0x4d7
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-0x0aff: clean.
Jul 12 23:15:41 localhost cardmgr[2774]: socket 1: CardBus hotplug device
"localhost kernel: cs: socket f786d000 timed out during reset. Try increasing setup_delay." flashes by a few times during bootup as well. Note that this is what happens when the pcmcia service is started at boot... If the service is not turned on at boot time I don't have any keyboard lag issues.

Here's what I have in /etc/modules.conf:

Quote:
alias eth0 8139too
alias usb-controller usb-uhci
alias ieee1394-controller ohci1394
alias sound-slot-0 i810_audio
post-install sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
pre-remove sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
From the output in /var/log/messages, it appears to me that you could be correct in that an irq conflict is causing my problem. If you can help shed some light on how to fix this, I would be grateful.

JP
 
Old 07-14-2003, 12:08 PM   #4
Testosteles
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Ok... I have no idea what I did, but pcmcia isn't throwing errors all over the place anymore. Interesting.

Now, to get my smc2635w wireless card working...

Thanks anyways,

JP
 
Old 07-14-2003, 12:09 PM   #5
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Hi, I'm running debian on a couple of Dell Laptops (Inspiron I200 & Latitude C800). I managed to get a Netgear (WLAN) card working on the 2500 some time ago, using Kernel 2.2.20, the card services package and some specific drivers for my card I downloaded from somewhere??.... anyway, the point I want to make: I later upgraded to kernel 2.4.20 and now the wirless will NOT work!.... same config as before. I have tried everything I can think of and found others with the same prob... so perhaps look in that direction. I did have to some work on the files: network.opts, wireless.opts, etc. in /etc/pcmcia before I could get anything to work at all.

Hope this helps to point you in the right direction
 
  


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