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Old 01-25-2004, 05:25 PM   #1
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PCMCIA card isn't recognized by Mandrake on a Dell

The ultimate in Linux newbie here! I've never posted on any Linux site, and have only been working with Linux for a year - staying with Windows and only running Word in my previous life. Now my work has demanded more in-depth knowledge of computer programming and information technology. So, please be patient!

I have a Dell Inspiron 5100, running Mandrake 9.1, and am trying to install a PCMCIA card (either an IEEE 802.11b Wireless LAN PCMCIA card from Compaq or an 802.11 DS High Rate Wireless LAN card from Enterasys - either will work). Whenever I insert the card, I get no noise from my computer (none of the beeping or lights on the card that I am reportedly supposed to hear). All of the online help documents I've looked through say "type /sbin/cardctl indent at the command line to see what card your computer thinks you have." But I have no "cardctl" in my /sbin directory! Additionally, a quick "locate cardctl" on an updated slocate database finds nothing! What's my problem? How can I possibly solve this? Of note - I have multiple PCMCIA modules in my /lib directory (underneath the kernel directory, which makes me think that my Mandrake is capable of handling PCMCIA cards, but can't yet recognize my card slot, much less any card I put in it). Thanks so very much in advance!! Wyatt
Old 01-26-2004, 11:42 AM   #2
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That's strange because "cardctl" utility is a part of pcmcia package. So I think, you probably have to re-install the pcmcia package. It can be found at . There's also an excellent HowTo available on this site
Old 01-26-2004, 11:45 AM   #3
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Thanks a ton Oliv'. I'll keep you posted!



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