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Old 10-28-2003, 07:41 PM   #1
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Answer: PCMCIA Service Hang at Boot

System: Compaq Presario 2140US Notebook
Mandrake 9.1 (Also applies to Redhat 8.0 + 9.0)



After installation, the system hangs while loading the PCMCIA service.

I have seen many recommendations for trying to stop this service using 'nopcmcia', 'nousb', or 'nomce'. But, this has not worked for me.

The answer:

Boot using interactive mode... press 'I' while booting.

Manually bypass 'start pcmcia service' by selecting 'N' when it asks to load pcmcia.

Then, at the command prompt, type 'chkconfig pcmcia off'.
This stops the pcmcia service from loading at boot.

The next reboot will load flawlessly (unless you have other problems).

I have integrated wireless and cat5 ethernet adapters... that will be the next objective (trying not to use GUI to configure anything).

Please let me know if this solves any problems.


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Old 10-29-2003, 04:12 AM   #2
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same problem


I have the same problem with RH9. I think it is something to do with the IRQs and your built in Network card. I haven't figured out how to get my system to boot correctly while plugged into the network. Alone it does just fine....

Maybe someone will have more to say besides having the same problem....


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