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Old 02-02-2008, 05:47 AM   #1
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PCMCIA card freezes system -HELP!!


Hi, newbie to UBUNTU, and enjoying the experience, except for system freeze when PCMCIA firewire card inserted.
Only way to fix, is to remove battery, pull power cord, and remove card, then restart.
I am using UBUNTU 7.10 kernel 2.6.22-14-generic on an acer aspire 5610 laptop.
The PCMCIA card is a Sunix brand CBF3000 32bit IEEE1394a running a VIA
VT6306 controller.

I have attached the lspci output, and part of the dmesg following the freeze at the end of this post. also can provide the lsmod output if it helps...

I really would appreciate help with this, as it is the last step before I have completely converted to linux - and I especially need the firewire card to work for video capture and editing. Apparently USB DVi connection won't work under UBUNTU with kdenlive or kino.
Many thanks in advance.

lspci output for the PCMCIA card is:

[ 19.056000] Yenta: ISA IRQ mask 0x0cf8, PCI irq 16
[ 19.056000] Socket status: 30000006
[ 19.056000] Yenta: Raising subordinate bus# of parent bus (#06) from #07 to #0a
[ 19.056000] pcmcia: parent PCI bridge I/O window: 0x2000 - 0x2fff
[ 19.056000] cs: IO port probe 0x2000-0x2fff: clean.
[ 19.056000] pcmcia: parent PCI bridge Memory window: 0xd2000000 - 0xd20fffff
[ 19.056000] pcmcia: parent PCI bridge Memory window: 0x50000000 - 0x53ffffff
[ 19.056000] sdhci: SDHCI controller found at 0000:06:04.2 [1524:0550] (rev 1)
[ 19.056000] PCI: Enabling device 0000:06:04.2 (0000 -> 0002)
[ 19.056000] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:06:04.2[B] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17

part of the dmesg output relating to pcmcia is:


20.024000] Linux agpgart interface v0.102 (c) Dave Jones
[ 20.040000] pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
[ 20.044000] shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
[ 20.328000] intel_rng: FWH not detected
[ 21.224000] iTCO_vendor_support: vendor-support=0
[ 21.340000] ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
[ 21.344000] ieee80211: 802.11 data/management/control stack, git-1.1.13
[ 21.344000] ieee80211: Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Intel Corporation <jketreno@linux.intel.com>
[ 21.408000] ipw3945: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945 Network Connection driver for Linux, 1.2.2mp.ubuntu1
[ 21.408000] ipw3945: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
[ 21.408000] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:05:00.0[A] -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
[ 21.408000] PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:05:00.0 to 64
[ 21.408000] ipw3945: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
[ 21.776000] iTCO_wdt: Intel TCO WatchDog Timer Driver v1.01 (21-Jan-2007)
[ 21.812000] Yenta: CardBus bridge found at 0000:06:04.0 [1025:0090]
[ 21.812000] Yenta: Using CSCINT to route CSC interrupts to PCI
[ 21.812000] Yenta: Routing CardBus interrupts to PCI
[ 21.812000] Yenta TI: socket 0000:06:04.0, mfunc 0x90501212, devctl 0x44
[ 21.816000] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
[ 21.816000] Synaptics Touchpad, model: 1, fw: 6.2, id: 0x12a0b1, caps: 0xa04713/0x204000
[ 21.848000] input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad as /class/input/input2
[ 21.856000] iTCO_wdt: Found a ICH7-M TCO device (Version=2, TCOBASE=0x1060)
[ 21.856000] iTCO_wdt: initialized. heartbeat=30 sec (nowayout=0)
[ 22.208000] Yenta: ISA IRQ mask 0x0cf8, PCI irq 16
[ 22.208000] Socket status: 30000006
[ 22.208000] Yenta: Raising subordinate bus# of parent bus (#06) from #07 to #0a
[ 22.208000] pcmcia: parent PCI bridge I/O window: 0x2000 - 0x2fff
[ 22.208000] cs: IO port probe 0x2000-0x2fff: clean.
[ 22.212000] pcmcia: parent PCI bridge Memory window: 0xd2000000 - 0xd20fffff
[ 22.212000] pcmcia: parent PCI bridge Memory window: 0x50000000 - 0x53ffffff
[ 22.212000] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:01:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
[ 22.212000] PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:01:00.0 to 64
[ 22.212000] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module 100.14.19 Wed Sep 12 14:12:24 PDT 2007
 
Old 02-02-2008, 09:26 AM   #2
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Give this a try to see if say the kernel might be an issue. Download a Live CD like knoppix and burn the ISO to cd and boot up with it. Insert the pcmcia card and see if it hangs the system. If not then my thought is either an issue with your current Ubuntu kernel module for the firewire device, pcmcia module issue, or possible hal and udev issues. I would say if it works with Knoppix I see reason it should not work under Ubuntu once you figure out what is causing it. Might read the kernel changelogs from www.kernel.org to see if it is a bug and is fix in later version or if there was one at anytime.

Now there is a change in the firewire module kernel structure. I don't know if Ubuntu kernel has enabled the new version or using the older version of ieee1394 modules. It might be a simply fix to rebuild the kernel to the the older release if they have enabled the newer firewire structure.

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Old 02-03-2008, 04:52 AM   #3
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Brian1 - many thanks for the advice, will try tomorrow, and let you know the outcome.

I did hear that a new Kernel had come out with some fixes for firewire, however, Ubuntu haven't yet made it available - that I can find anyway.

Cheers,
Maddo.
 
Old 02-04-2008, 06:24 AM   #4
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Brian 1,

tried the suggestion - using a Fedora 8 live CD. The system still froze up.
Tried booting with the card plugged in, and it stopped the boot very early.
Removal of the card allowed the boot to continue.

So, back at square 1, unsure of the issue. Have looked at the new kernel list, but still trawling through for ieee1394 details.
Any more suggestions greatly appreciated.

Maddo
 
Old 02-04-2008, 06:55 AM   #5
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Do this:
Put in the PCMCIA card and reboot, then note exactly where it freezes, what is the last thing you see before it freezes ? It should be a line like:

Code:
[ 19.056000] cs: IO port probe 0x2000-0x2fff: clean.
Post that.
 
Old 02-05-2008, 04:28 PM   #6
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I just wonder if that version of Ubuntu has the newer ieee1394 modules compiled. Antoher thought is find an older Live CD. Something using the 2.6.15 kernel or older. The one Fedora is new and again not sure what Fedora has the kernel compiled with there. After the crash check the logs to see if there are any errors.

Lets send the current logging to tty9. Do the following.
Open a terminal console.
Login as root. Use the command ' su ' and enter root's password.
Now issue this command. ' echo "/var/log/messages shown on tty9." '
Next issue this command. ' tail --follow /var/log/messages >/dev/tty9 & '
Now press the keys Alt-Ctrl-F9
Now you will see a console showing the last log messages from the /var/log/messages
Now while on that screen insert the pcmcia card and post what it does after install the pcmcia card.

Brian
 
  


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