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Old 10-12-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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using a PCMCIA ethernet card on linux... how??


Hi all,

I have an Edimax EP-4103DL pcmcia ethernet card, and I'm not managing to use it under Linux...
the card has a Realtek 8139 chipset, thus should use th 8139too kernel module .
(I found a couple of reports of users that had it working with the 8139too module, and it is listed as Linux compatible on the Edimax site)

What I tried:

-make sure that the pcmcia service is enabled under the Salix Linux "System services" tool.
-as root:
Code:
modprobe 8139too
and
Code:
lsmod
to check that the module is loaded, and it is.
-as root:
Code:
ifconfig
but I couldn't see the new ethernet card, only eth0 which is the integrated ethernet card.
-I also tried as root:
Code:
lspci
and
Code:
lspcmcia
, but it's not listed there either (I don't know if it should..)

what am I doing wrong?

thank you!
 
Old 10-13-2012, 07:15 AM   #2
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It's possible the card wants to use a memory or IO region that is not usable on your laptop.
Also many pcmcia cards register their ports as usb devices .

remove the card, insert it and run dmesg |tail .
It may be that there are to many messages for tail to show all, in that case look in kernel.log .
 
Old 10-13-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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Most of the pcmcia support has been stripped. Top of that, laptops are always goofy deals. They might put the pcmcia slot behind a bridge to bridge adapter that doesn't have support. Might be able to see if you can put back in the old pc card stuff.
 
Old 10-13-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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Does the card show up when you run dmesg in a terminal?

I nosed around in the internet; it looks as if that card is about five years old.

You might have some luck with ndiswrapper, if dmesg shows the card as detected. I had some luck with a Linksys PCMCIA card and ndiswrapper about that time.
 
Old 10-14-2012, 08:42 AM   #5
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Thank you all for the replies,

at the end it was my fault, I didn't realize that "PCMCIA slot" was disabled in the bios.. after enabling it, I'm able to see the network card with
Code:
ifconfig -a
Thankx again!
 
Old 10-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #6
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Thanks for the update. Sometimes we forget the simple stuff.
 
  


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