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Old 05-31-2003, 06:48 PM   #1
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PCMCIA modules + customized RH kernel

I've been trying to configure RedHat 9 on a ThinkPad 600e. A default RH 9 setup automatically recognizes and properly sets up my pcmcia network card (which is supported by the pcnet_cs module), but when I compiled a custom kernel, it no longer worked. Boot.log shows the following

pcmcia: Starting PCMCIA services:
sysctl: kernel.core_uses_pid=1
pcmcia: modules cardmgr.
network: Setting network parameters: succeeded
pcmcia: modprobe: Can't locate module pcmcia_core.o
pcmcia: modprobe: Can't locate module yenta_socket.o
pcmcia: modprobe: Can't locate module ds.o

even though locate shows all three under /lib/modules/2.4.20-13.9custom/pcmcia. If I try a modprobe yenta_socket and then modprobe pcnet_cs, all the needed modules (pcmcia_core, yenta_socket, ds, 8390, and pcnet_cs) are loaded, but the card isn't configured and the RH network config tool fails to activate it. Any ideas?
Old 05-31-2003, 06:59 PM   #2
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try running depmod -a
Old 05-31-2003, 09:28 PM   #3
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I have done a depmod -a, and the fact that the two modprobe's work seems to indicate that my module dependencies are ok. (Just doing a modprobe pcnet_cs without first doing a modprobe yenta_socket doesn't work; I figure ds depends on some pcmcia socket module being available but not directly on yenta_socket.)
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I've recently installed RH9 on an IBM Thinkpad 600. Everything works fine except the IBM EtherJet Card. On boot, Kudzu reads:

"The following network card has been removed from your system: IBM EtherJet PC Card Version U11 Card Assy Part Number 85H4801" and then offers to ignore, dissable, etc. ... and I have no network card.

I'm a new and REAL newbie, but is there hope? Obviously, the PC card is recognised ...
Old 06-05-2003, 08:09 PM   #5
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I managed to figure out my problem myself

Hm. My problem turned out to be that some program had installed a /lib/modules/`uname -r`/pcmcia directory consisting of symlinks to /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/pcmcia, and that was causing the pcmcia init script to become confused (it checked for the existence of /lib/modules/`uname -r`/pcmcia to guess whether modprobe/insmod wanted mod-name.o or just mod-name as an argument), so the card wasn't autoconfigured at startup.

!db!, perhaps you should start a new thread for your problem to get more attention.
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Same things happened to me for a RH9 distro, no problem recognising the scsi card. But custom kernel install causes the problem. The pcmcia portion of the kernel install apparently places the pcmcia directory inside of /lib/modules/`uname -r`. I just removed the directory, and suddenly `depmod -a` started working properly with the scsi card.


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