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Old 10-15-2003, 04:07 PM   #1
mookiebud
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Xircom PCMCIA CBE2-100 (on Mandrake 9.1) installation problem




I'm completely new to Linux. I've successfully installed/reinstalled Mandrake 9.1 (w/o Ethernet support) onto a Tecra 8000 laptop. Seemed dirt simple. Now I'm trying to get a Xircom CBE2-100 PCMCIA Cardbus ethernet card installed primarily using either the installation wizards or Drakconnect.

During installation I've tried combinations of "Use auto detection" and "Expert Mode" although I'm no expert. If I press "next" I get the "Chose the connection ..."and select "LAN connection" which gets me to "Which network/main driver should I try". I've tried all the Xircom (3 of them) but if I read some googles correctly it would appear "xircom_cb" should be the correct one. At this point it would seem I'm getting success because the next screen is "Found xircom_cd ... Do you have another?"

Answering this question as "No", because I don't, takes me back to the "Choose the Connection ..." screen again. Strange since I answered 'no' but I continue with "next" having not selected any checkbox to which I receive "Congratulations, the network and internet configuration is finished. The configuration will now be applied ..." The only problem is that it doesn't seem to do that. My Network and Internet summaries still say "not configured".

I must be missing something fundamental here. Even when I boot into KDE and try to configure this (using KDE's control) I receive the same results? Is there any really good site that can take a newbie from making sure PCMCIA works through to bringing up the card? I've seen many HOWTO's but in my opinion you have to be pretty well versed in Linux and I'm not. Any help is appreciated.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 05:41 PM   #2
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Well, looks like I may have found my problem by accident. I discovered I have to set the BIOS from PCIC to Cardbus/16 bit mode. Found the following on, surprise! A M$ support site;

"For a CardBus PC Card to work on these systems, the BIOS must be set for CardBus/16-bit rather than PCIC."

Although not specifically listed for my model, this did work for my machine. Now my mission is to determine how the setup actually performs the setup so I can understand the hierarchy better.

M$ Site Reference: http://support.microsoft.com/default...NoWebContent=1
 
Old 10-15-2003, 07:06 PM   #3
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mookiebud the right answer
 
  


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