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Old 09-04-2005, 12:22 AM   #1
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pcmcia problem ...


On an IBM thinkpad t21, I installed slackware linux 10.1. My smc 2632w pcmcia wireless ethernet card was configured automatically during installation and was working fine for many hours. All of a sudden, it stopped working. No connection at all. Is this a common or easily fixed problem? I have no idea what it could be.

What can I try to do to see what is wrong?
 
Old 09-04-2005, 01:15 AM   #2
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It is likely that something broke - either the card or the driver.

Look at dmesg and lspci for clues.
 
Old 09-04-2005, 01:33 AM   #3
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I'm not sure what I'm looking for .... I don't see anything alarming but I don't exactly know what to look for.

I booted DSL and watched it boot, I noticed that cardmgr did a few extra things while booting, unlike what it does in slackware. It did "modprobe hermes && modprobe orinoco && modprobe orinoco_cs " and also "./network start eth0". I also saw "/sbin/ifconfig eth0 up" but I'm not sure if that's entirely related. I tried those commands after (re)starting rc.pcmcia. None of them returned errors, and ifconfig reported that eth0 was up and connected. A flashing light on the physical pcmcia card that flashes when not configured, and stays on when configured, changed from flashing to not flashing. However primitive it is ... it still looks like a good sign. I still have no network connection though.
 
Old 09-04-2005, 02:30 AM   #4
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Hang on! You just said:
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I noticed [...] unlike what it does in slackware.
... but in your first message you said:
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I installed slackware linux 10.1.
... now are we talking about slackware or not? You seem to be talking about Damn Small Linux, vis:
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I booted DSL
The first message sounded like you were running slack for a while with no trouble then your wireless card crudded out on you without warning. The second message sounds like your wireless card works in slack but not in DSL.

As for lspci etc:
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I'm not sure what I'm looking for .... I don't see anything alarming but I don't exactly know what to look for.
Quite. That is what we're here for. lease post output. (you could strip dmesg of anything not pertaining to the card though.)
 
Old 09-04-2005, 02:06 PM   #5
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I'm sorry about my confusing posts .... I installed slack, the wireless card all of a sudden pooped out in slack, but when i ran DSL live cd, it worked fine.

I think I may have found the solution ... I'm posting this from slack. While booting the kernel, I noticed /etc/rc.d/rc.M giving some messages about eth0. I know it isn't smart to play around with stuff you aren't familiar with, but I decided to restart rc.M. It seemed to configure the pcmcia card properly, because I am accessing the 'net again.

Thank you for the help.
 
Old 09-06-2005, 12:23 AM   #6
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Actually, playing around with stuff you don't understand is what you are here for Well done.

Clearly something had happened to remove the cards configuration.
 
  


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