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Old 09-17-2003, 05:37 AM   #1
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PCMCIA problem on install??

Hi, I just got a new laptop and am trying to install RedHat onto, I'm a failry newbie at Linux.

I first tried with version 8.0, it installed fine but when I went to boot up the boot sequence just stalled inefinitely at the message "Starting PCMCIA".

After consulting a few people I changed the permissions to none for the PCMCIA driver directory and now I can boot into Gnome Redhat OK.

Ofcourse the problem still is that I don't have the PCMCIA slot now working and can't use my wireless LAN card.

So I thought I would upgrade to RedHat 9.0 to see if it would fix the problem. When I go to install 9.0 it seems to have a bigger problem than 8.0 did. Now the install procedure stalls completely when it gets to the part about PCMCIA, I know this because I restested with 8.0 and it gets to the same part (PCMCIA) and installs ok.

So currently I'm left with RedHat 8.0 with no PCMCIA suport and unable to install RedHat 9.0 at all.

Any ideas?????
Old 09-17-2003, 06:43 AM   #2
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Hello Rich,

This week I installed mandrake 9.1 on my 3 year old laptop. After the install I configured the pcmcia to the correct port and interrupt but it didn't see the card until I hot unplugged it and replugged it. Just a suggestion: you could leave the card out until the install is complete and then see if the software can find it.

I would prefer redhat because it is small and fast but I tried it two years ago and I had a giant arrow in the middle of the screen so I rolled it around out of sight and hit enter and crashed my hd, windows and all. My son has Red hat on his 133mhz desktop and it runs faster than his 1.4 ghz windows NT.

Old 09-17-2003, 12:05 PM   #3
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Hi Jimbean, thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I know it's not the PCMCIA card itself but rather the slot as I have had the card out every time I've done it.

It's something to do with the Oronico drivers or something like that as I've seen other posts with similar problems but no solutions..

Beats me


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