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Old 04-11-2006, 05:47 AM   #1
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Problem with FC5 PCMCIA network card installion


Hello,

I've just installed Fedora Core 5 on my Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop and I am having trouble installing my network PCMCIA card. When I try to set it up using the Network Congiguration Manager I see that my card is not on the supported devices list. How can I make my card appear on the list? The card is a Linksys PCMLM56 10/100 +56K. It used to work fine with a Redhat 7.1 distribution. I would appreciate any help that you can give me. As I am a newbie plase put me through a step-by-step procedure.

Many thanks,
space_man

Here is the ouput form the lspci command. I cannot see my Linksys PCMCIA card

>lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82815 815 Chipset Host Bridge and Memory
Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82815 815 Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801BAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801BAM IDE U100 (rev 02)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M4 AGP
02:03.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1983S Maestro-3i PCI Audio Accelerator (rev 10)
02:06.0 Communication controller: Agere Systems WinModem 56k (rev 01)
02:0f.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4451 PC card Cardbus Controller
02:0f.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4451 PC card Cardbus Controller
02:0f.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI4451 IEEE-1394 Controller
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Old 04-12-2006, 08:08 AM   #2
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You may need to 'pull' (from backup??) your /etc/pcmcia folder from RHL7.1 as FC5 now uses pcmciautils package and not the older pcmcia-cs package.

If you do not have a backup from RHL7.1 for your /etc/pcmcia folder then grab the pcmcia-cs package from FC4;

http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pu...-4.12.i386.rpm

and install the package (you will have to force the install), make a copy of the /etc/pcmcia folder and then re-install the pcmciautils package from your CD/DVD media or from the FC5 updates and finally restore the /etc/pcmcia folder from your backup.

Example commands;

rpm -Uvh pcmcia-cs*.rpm --force
mkdir /root/pcmcia_backup
cp -r /etc/pcmcia/* /root/pcmcia_backup
yum -y install pcmciautils
cp -r /root/pcmcia_backup/* /etc/pcmcia

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Old 04-12-2006, 08:14 AM   #3
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Thanks Lenard! Fortunately I do have a backup of my RHL7.1 installation. I'll give this a try.
 
Old 04-12-2006, 09:52 AM   #4
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That's good many do not make/keep backups.

Hopefully that is all that you need to do, as the two modules (pcnet_cs and seria_cs) are in the latest FC5 kernel. According to your lspci output the Cardbus Controller is known.
 
Old 04-14-2006, 04:38 AM   #5
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Well.... I tried doing this in two different ways and still I can't get my Linksys PCMCIA card to initialize.

Method 1: Simply copied entire /etc/pcmcia directory from my old
RHL7.1 distro to /etc/pcmcia in FC5. Restarted FC5...card is not initialized.

Method 2: Downloaded and installed pcmciautils-012-0.FC5.2.i386.rpm with rpm -Uvh pcmciautils-012-0.FC5.2.i386.rpm. RPM installed ok. Used both old and new versions of /etc/pcmcia but still card is still not initialized.

In the release notes of FC5 it states that as of FC5 the way PCMCIA cards are handled has changed. FC5 now uses hotplug to load the card in a similar way USB devices are loaded.

Please let me know if you have any ideas on how to proceed. I guess my other option is to forget FC5 and use FC4 which does not use hotplug to load PCMCIA cards... but I shouldn't really have to do this...

Many thanks,
space_man
 
  


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