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Debian will modify the lilo.conf for you If it gives you any directions on adding a line to it, make sure you write it down. If you dont have an initrd line it will ask you to then add one. If it does, it is importatnt you do or you won't be able to bring the box back up.
initrd is the kernel which is loaded into a ramdisk (ie memory) and then the system boots from this ramdisk. I think I gave the line above. Check your /boot and check the initrd.img it is likely to be initrd.img-2.4.27-1-686 so the line to add to lilo would be;
then from the command line do lilo to write it ro the mbr
The install will configure the old kernel as well to Linux.old so you will still be able to boot the old kernel
hmm... this is a bit disturbing, but i ran modconf and there isn't any PCMCIA package... looked under /kernel/drivers/net, but i think that isn't the place to look, 'cos the drivers there don't seem to be for PCMCIA Ethernet cards...
I just checked a 2.4.25 kernel on my system (I use 2.6.3) and the pcmcia modules are separate in /lib/modules/kernel_version_#. If you know which module you need then check this directory as you can use insmod to install the module. Also check your /var/log/syslog or messages and see what the kernel has done with the ethernet.
There isn't any PCMCIA under /lib/modules/2.4.27-1-686 either.
There are 2 directories (under them, are similar to what i see in modconf):
And there are 8 files:
There is a pcmcia sub-directory under /lib/modules/2.2.20-idepci (previous kernel), and there is a xirc2ps_cs.o which i think is the driver for my card (i use a Xircom card), but i can't insmod that one (different compiler ver).