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I have an old toshiba laptop (Satellite 420CDT). I would like to be able to use the PCMCIA network card that i bought for it. (Belkin 16-bit PCMCIA Network Adapter). I have recompiled the kernel four times now and am currently trying on the fifth. On such an old computer this is not a pleasant experience. I downloaded the pcmcia-cs package along with the 2.4.22 kernel source and followed the instructions that I read on Vector Linux's site (I am running vector linux 4.0 on it) After doing all of this I am reward with no PCMCIA hardware being recognized. When I run the debugging programs that came with the pcmcia-cs package I get the following error messages (output is in brackets):
Socket status file (stab) not found! Is PCMCIA running?
I read somewhere that Vector Linux has a few problems with PCMCIA (not bashing VL, just saying I read it). So I pulled out some old Slackware 9.1 disks and it worked right out of the box. All I had to do was edit /etc/pcmcia/network.opts to use DHCP and put in my network ip.
If anyone was having a similar problem with laptops and VL go Slack. It has the pcmcia-cs package integrated into its setup program and runs faster using less disk space on mine.
I would be interested to hear any solutions to my previous problem though (just out of curiousity)