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Old 07-30-2005, 06:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy PCMCIA driver having problems using USB 2 DVD Burning

G'day Peoplez,

(I originally posted this in Laptop and Handhelds, so please excuse the duplication )

Ok here is a bit of history with my laptops PCMCIA Card Bus and the Belkin PCMCIA USB2 2 port card: (w w w

The short of it was until I had downloaded the latest ENE Technology Inc CB-710/2/4 Cardbus Controller WindowXP Drivers ( I was only able to read from the DVDs / cds / usb sticks at USB 1.1 speeds.

When I got the new driver I was then able to access devices at full USB2 Speeds and be able to write dvds / usb sticks.

Well it looks like I'm back in the same square one for linux . When I attempt to burn data using k3b my dvd drive just sits there spinning but doing nothing just like last time.

Looking at one of KDE hardware viewer I can see the PCMCIA carbus is using a "yenta_socket".

Could anyone tell me if there is a new / different driver that I can install that will resolve my problem ?

Many Thanks

Here is info about my pc:

[Kernel Version:]

2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.stk16, just updated to this version today to allow my softmodem drivers to work. But even with the original kernel, I still could not burn via the USB2.

[Output from lspic:]:

00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS200/RS200M AGP Bridge [IGP 340M] (re
v 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc PCI Bridge [IGP 340M]
00:02.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
00:03.0 Modem: ALi Corporation M5457 AC'97 Modem Controller
00:04.0 Multimedia audio controller: ALi Corporation M5451 PCI AC-Link Controlle
r Audio Device (rev 02)
00:06.0 Bridge: ALi Corporation M7101 Power Management Controller [PMU]
00:07.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation M1533 PCI to ISA Bridge [Aladdin IV]
00:0a.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB-710/2/4 Cardbus Controller (rev 01
00:0b.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset (rev
00:0c.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Contro
ller (PHY/Link)
00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139
C+ (rev 10)
00:10.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c4)
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon IGP 330M/340M/350
02:00.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
02:00.1 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
02:00.2 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB 2.0 (rev 04)
Old 07-31-2005, 12:34 AM   #2
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Yenta_socket sounds right. This should give access to whatever is in the PCMCIA socket. But then what? I don't know. There is a list of supported cards at

but there is no mention of PCMCIA to USB adapters at all.

As a long shot you could just try loading the usb-storage module. Check the kernel messages also (output of 'dmesg').

Last edited by maroonbaboon; 07-31-2005 at 12:40 AM.
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G'day Maroonbaboon,

Thanks for your reply, looking at both dmesg and "/proc/bus/usb/devices" I can see that usb-storage is being used. Aslo from the likes of Spd=480 and the fact that appears to be using the ECHI-HCD drivers is that its correctly detecting it as USB 2.0.

<Clipping from "/proc/bus/usb/devices" >

T: Bus=04 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=00 Cnt=01 Dev#= 2 Spd=480 MxCh= 0
D: Ver= 2.00 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs= 1
P: Vendor=059b ProdID=0251 Rev= 0.01
S: Manufacturer=Iomega
S: Product=Optical USB 2.0 Drive
S: SerialNumber=DEF10909BF51
C:* #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=c0 MxPwr= 0mA
I: If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=08(stor.) Sub=06 Prot=50 Driver=usb-storage
E: Ad=02(O) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 512 Ivl=0ms
E: Ad=88(I) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 512 Ivl=0ms

So I'm still no closer here I've had a look at the web site you suggested, but nothing has help me there.

Old 07-31-2005, 09:01 AM   #4
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Well, maybe just try to ignore that the pcmcia adapter is there and concentrate on the DVD drive. Googling for linux + "usb dvd" gets a few hits such as:

about getting an external DVD drive working on a notebook. There is also the list of working USB devices (searching for DVD) at

Only Iomega device is listed as non-working tho'. Sorry, but this area all way outside my experience. I did play around with yenta-socket to get some things operating but it sounds like that part of the chain may be working OK.


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