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Old 12-11-2003, 06:06 PM   #1
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cardmgr and 3com 3CCFE575BT-D card.


Hi All!

I've seen to have a great problem with a laptop which i recently upgraded to 2.6 kernel, running debian btw. Before using the 2.4.* kernel the Ethernet pcmcia card was running just fine, it's a 3com card, with
identification nr: 3CCFE575BT-D, using 3c589_cs driver, found in
/lib/modules/......

Now with the kernel i can't seem to activate the card, if i run cardctl ident,
the card is listed below and additional information is shown.

running lsmod after startup doesn't show that any 3com card is probed,
though pcmcia_core is online

after i insmod and modprobe the 3Com card using the 3c589_cs driver, it's listed when running lsmod.
If i try to run cardmgr -f i receive errors saying device is busy, and then i try to run killall -9 cardmgr and restart cardmgr -f and then i receives errors saying device is busy, and showing additional IO values etc.
Anyone out there had the same problem, any information is appreciated.

Sorry for my bad english, im not a native speaker.
Thanks in advance.
/Fredrik
 
Old 12-11-2003, 06:17 PM   #2
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Hi Fredde

Not all of us here speak English as their mother tongue!

It seems very weird to me that you have been using the 3c589_cs driver for a 575 card. I have hard two cardbus (32bit PCMCIA) 3Com 575xx cards (got them both with Dell laptops) and they both worked fine with the 3c59x driver. I had no idea you could use the 3c580_cs driver for them.

Try modprobe 3c59x as root and see if that solves your problems!

Håkan (Södermalm )
 
Old 12-11-2003, 06:33 PM   #3
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Hi!

Thanks for reply, now when i'm modprobing the 3c59x driver, it assigns it for IRQ0...
and when im trying to run cardmgr -f the system replys with that it's watching 2 sockets, though othervies i receive the same error messages as listed before.

/Fredrik
 
Old 12-14-2003, 06:01 AM   #4
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I think I remember that I had the same problem a few years ago with the same type of card, only that it was PCI, not PCCard. These cards can be used on linux only after setting some configuration option (don't remember which one...), but the problem is, that there are no jumpers or DIP or DIL switches on the cards; the setting can only be done using software which is only available for Windows / DOS.
After you set the right switch (sorry, I really forgot, what it was) it should work again on Linux.
It's a "specialty" of this particular type of 3COM cards.

Alex
 
Old 12-14-2003, 11:52 AM   #5
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Well i got it running on kernel 2.4, though when im upgrading kernel to 2.6 it doesn't wanna run any longer.. so it shouldn't be it i guess.
Thanks for reply.
 
Old 12-14-2003, 05:39 PM   #6
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Does it work, then, when you go back to 2.4, without re-installing the whole system?
If not, you might try to set this switch I mentioned from DOS/Windows, anyway. Your argument is based on logic, but that doesn't apply to 3COM/USR products sometimes... ;-)

Hmm, I have a similar problem now, but during installation of Slackware on an old laptop. Maybe it's not a driver problem, but one of the PCMCIA/PCCard subsystem as a whole. I'm not even running kernel 2.6.
I can install the Slackware 9.1 release, using kernel 2.4.22 during installation.
But I can't get PCMCIA and my PCCard network adapter working when I try to install Slackware-current (post 9.1) based on kernel 2.4.23.
Maybe the PCMCIA thing has suffered some change in between those versions...?

Good luck!

Alex
 
Old 12-14-2003, 06:15 PM   #7
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Hello Again!
I guess it could be a solution so i might consider it,
atm im running 2.4.18 kernel so i might return to this hardware trubbleshooting after x-mas to se if i can get it work
I'll be in touch if i find any solution.
Thanks anyways.
 
  


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