This is fixed in the 3.1.10 release
3Com PCMCIA Ethernet Adapter Issues
Problems with pcmcia-3.1.9 on SuSE Linux 6.0 (Denny Herlihy)
Date: 2000, Feb 04
From: David Hinds <email@example.com>
This bug only affects 2.0.* kernels, which is why it slipped by.
One more tiny problem by Denny Herlihy, 2000, Feb 08
to: "This is fixed in the 3.1.10 release"