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Old 02-09-2005, 06:42 AM   #1
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Help, im sinking! pcmcia driver hell.

Hi all, hope someone can help, heres my lil problem.

After getting fed up with windows on my ibm thinkpad (240) I found this page...

(sorry mr admin, it said i cant post links?!?!)

I have tryed to get this to work, some links are dead so I went ahead and used the debian laptop disks ( I do not have cdrom and I want to do an ftp install) and got the base system on and it boots fine, the problem is the pcmcia slot.
I have 3 pcmcia cards, netgear wifi (wg511) generic t10/10 and a trust t10/100 all 32 bit (same as my slot)
The disks (network and pcmcia ) that you use after the root disks install dont pic up my card (any all tryed) or find the pcmcia slot.

desperatly nead to get this running. If anyone knows how this can be sorted, or if you have had other similar problems please get contact.

Btw slackware disks didnt detect either....


Old 02-09-2005, 12:26 PM   #2
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What version of the kernel are you running right now? (type uname -r, or cat /proc/version)

and could you provide the output of "lsmod"?
Old 02-09-2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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Ah thanks for your help

uname -r gives me 2.2.20

amd the output from lsmod

module used by
ds 1
i82365 1
pcmcia_core 0 [ds i82365]
zftape -1 (unused)
ftape 0 [zftape]
b1pcmcia 0
b1 0 [b1 pcmcia]
kernalcapi 0 [ b1pcmcia]
capiutil 0 [kernalcapi]
act2000 0 (unused)
isdn 0 [act2000]
slhc 0 [isdn]
ip_masq_ftp 0 (unused)
af_packet 0 (unused)
unix 0 ( autoclean)

There you Go, can you help me fix it!



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Old 02-09-2005, 12:50 PM   #4
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Well, 2.2.20 is an extremely old kernel (2.2.26 came out in February of 2004, and the 2.6 branch is going to have a LOT more drivers and features!). I don't know anything about your specific laptop, but the first thing I would try is upgrading to a 2.6-grade kernel. Try "apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.8-2-686", and make sure you set it to boot from that (may involve editing grub's config file, or /etc/lilo.conf, or maybe it will ask you when you install the package, I don't use debian's precompiled kernels). You'll have to reboot to get into the new kernel, and make sure "uname -r" says 2.6.8 (preferably), or if you're in unstable 2.6.10 is probably available.

If you reboot and it still doesn't work, it might just be a matter of loading the appropriate module, although I don't have any idea which one to load. Try going to /lib/modules/(kernel version)/kernel/drivers/pcmcia and modprobe'ing everything you see in there (you don't have to include the ".ko" at the end), and try /lib/modules/(kernel version)/kernel/drivers/net and loading everything you see there as well. If you find one that works, add the name of the module to "/etc/modules" - when you put it in that file, leave out the "modprobe" at the beginning and the ".ko" at the end.


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