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Old 07-21-2003, 10:05 AM   #1
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Question RH9, a Toshiba 310CDT and a NetGear PCMCIA problem

For sometime now I have had a Toshiba Satellite 310CDT laptop. Though I have never managed to get any networking on it. It did originally work, but I never had a card personally until about 6 months ago. I was originally using RH7.3, which had the same problem, so the fact that I've just installed (not upgraded) RH9 shouldn't make much of a difference. I did think that the new installation might solve some of the problems, but it hasn't

The NetGear FA411 card is supported on Red Hat, so figured the drivers etc would all be preloaded. While the pcmcia_core module loads nothing else regarding PCMCIA does. Having check several HowTos the configuration files appear to be correct. On executing '/etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia start' the first line reads:

Starting PCMCIA services:/lib/modules/2.4.20-8/kernel/drivers/pcmcia/yenta_socket.o: init_module: No such device

Previously the bootup error had said

No known IRQ for interrupt PinA of device 00:13.0. Please try using pci=biosirq

I have change the BIOS to use the PCIC control in the hope that this would solve the problem, but it doesn't. I get no beeps or anything.

If anyone could help get further along, or even managed to solve the problem I'd be very grateful indeed. Here's hoping anyway.
Old 07-22-2003, 08:57 PM   #2
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In BIOS check for odd options such as Plug'n'play OS, or OS "Windows" to "Other" and such if any of that is there. Also, what's the output of /sbin/lspci with regards to the pcmcia bridge, they've dumped some support for older pcmcia chipsets, most notably some Cirrus bridges that were more common then dirt.

You might want to try changing the entry:




in the file /etc/sysconfig/network

Hmm... that's a good start.


Old 07-29-2003, 05:19 AM   #3
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Apologies for not replying sooner I was away at The YAPC::Europe Perl Conferemce. While there I manage to update the /etc/sysconfig/pcmcia file with 'PCIC=i82365', then got a wireless card working belonging to a friend. Unfortunately we didn't have an ethernet connection to check my card.

Now that I'm back I rebooted with the NetGear card in the socket and as if by magic it worked. I think the key element was discovering the correct PCIC setting, so thanks for your help.
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I'm assuming your problem is fixed but "No known IRQ for interrupt PinA of device 00:13.0. Please try using pci=biosirq" that error was caused on my toshiba because the pc card was not set to cardbus


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