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Old 05-28-2002, 08:37 PM   #1
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RedHat 7.3 on Toshiba Satellite 2540

Hi, I've inherited a laptop from my mother and want to put RedHat 7.3 on it. I got a copy of the distro and it installed great. However, when it boots up, it hangs after this line:

Starting pcmcia: PCI: No IRQ known for interrupt pin A of device 00:13.0. Please try using pci=biosirq.
PCI: No IRQ known for interrupt pin B of device 00:13.1. Please try using pci=biosirq
Yenta IRQ list 0668, PCI irq 0
Socket status: 30000020

That's it. It stops booting at that point. I know very little about Linux, but I'm not afraid to try stuff, so any input would be of great help. I'm not trying to have it coexist with Win98 at all, just plain Linux.

Old 07-10-2002, 01:31 PM   #2
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I'm a newbie so i may be completely wrong. Is if fair to assume that you have a PCMCIA NIC or similar device installed in your machine? If you do, what make and model is it?

The source of this problem may be a conflict between your PMCIA controller and touchpad mouse (which probably uses the psaux port and IRQ 12). When you try to configure the PMCIA device, you are enabling the the psmcia controller which grabs IRQ 12. For a further discussion of this see post

for a dicussion of the reason that the psaux port is getting stolen by the pcmcia controller see

If you think this might be your issue, try configuring your device manually:
1. Open a terminal as root and edit by typing as root "vi

2. use the arrow keys to scroll down to the "# Inititialize PCMCIA devices"

3. place the cursor on the "#" on the three lines below that appear like this and delete the "#".
# if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia ]; then
# . /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia start
# fi

4. the lines should now read:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia ]; then
. /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia start

5. Type ":wq" and hit the Return key (if linux complains that this is a read only file Type ":wq!". If you are unsure that you have made the right choices, leave the file without saving by typing ":q!" and hit the return key.

6. When the file is correctly configured save and reboot. The card should be recognized with a two beep audible signal.

unfortunately, this still doesn't take care of the PCMCIA controller issue. you should be able to assign the controller using insmod i82365.o irq=X (where x is the safe IRQ)

Alternatively, if you want to start the whole PCMCIA thing from the beginning, try logging on as root and from the command prompt

insmod pcmcia_core.o
insmod i82365.o
insmod ds.o

Last edited by rioguia; 07-10-2002 at 01:32 PM.


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