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Old 01-18-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Assistance with PCMCIA Wireless in Zenwalk 7.2

First post here. While I have 15+ years as a support tech, network admin, etc. in the Windows world, I am a relative noob here, so bear with me if I miss something obvious or use incorrect terminology.

I have successfully installed Zenwalk 6.4 (slackware 2.6.3 kernel) on an ancient PIII, and can access the network perfectly via a PCMCIA card (Linksys WPC55AG.) using the ATH5K driver.

However, when I dual boot into Zenwalk 7.2 (slackware 3.48 kernel), I get nothing. LSMOD doesn't even show PCMCIA_CORE running. I have checked that /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia is bootable, and have even manually started it, but I get no response to any card inserted in the slots. No notification from the OS, no lights on the card.

I would be happy to provide more info, I just don't know what is relevent. :-)

Any assistance would be appreciated.


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Old 01-19-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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I have checked that /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia is bootable, and have even manually started it, but I get no response to any card inserted in the slots. No notification from the OS, no lights on the card.
The file rc.pcmcia needs to be executable, not sure what you mean by bootable. This file is a script. In a terminal, do a 'ls -l /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia' ( without the quotes ). The executable bits should be set.

If you get this :

ls -l rc.pcmcia
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1722 Mar 16 2007 rc.pcmcia
the executable bits are not set. Then run as root, the command 'chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia'. That will set all three executable bits on. Then boot the system, and see if that makes a difference.

It has been a while since I had a system old enough to have pcmcia cards, so I'm a little rusty....
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Thanks for the reply, cliff. Sorry for the terminology error, I was typing fast and misspoke, so to speak. I meant that it was executable. I verified +x and performed both a chmod and used the startup apps program in the OS. I tried turning off the attribute and back on again and no change.

I also installed SalixOS 13 (slackware variant by an ex Zenwalk dev) and it detected the card fine.

I have a working system now, so this isn't critical, but I have always hated "giving up" when something doesn't work. :-)

I will triple check the attribute again to be sure.

Thanks again,


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