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Sad ATA Flash card fails on Thinkpad 240 

Forum: PCMCIA ATA/IDE Device Issues
Date: 2000, Jul 13
From: Eric Smith brouhaha

I have an old 10 megabyte IBM "ThinkPad File" PCMCIA flash card (IBM P/N 66G3014, FRU P/N 48G9900). It works fine with Red Hat 6.1 on my desktop computer at home, using an SCM interface (Vadem chip). This is using whatever version of pcmcia-cs Red Hat shipped with 6.1.

But on my ThinkPad 240 which apparently uses a TI PC1211 Cardbus bridge, the flash card isn't recognized. I get no beeps when I insert the card. On the ThinkPad I'm running Red Hat 6.2 with their kernel-2.2.14-5.0 updates, so it has pcmcia-cs version 3.1.8.

On insertion, the kernel logs:

Jul 13 16:35:35 zorac kernel: cs: socket 0 timed out during reset

Cardctl status reports:

Socket 0:
  3.3V 16-bit PC Card
  function 0: [busy]

Cardctl control reports:

Socket 0:
  Vcc 3.3V  Vpp1 3.3V  Vpp2 3.3V

I strongly suspect that those voltages are wrong. When I go home tonight I'll see what the desktop machine reports.

A week ago I borrowed a SanDisk 48M CF card with a PCMCIA adapter, and it worked fine in the ThinkPad.

All of my other PCMCIA and CardBus cards seem to work fine in the ThinkPad, including:

  • Linksys PCMPC200 CardBus 10/100 Ethernet
  • Adaptec SlimSCSI 1480A CardBus (works great even though the support is experimental, I can write CD-R at 8X!)
  • IBM Home & Away 10 Mbps Ethernet/14.4 Modem
  • an OEM'd New Media Bus Toaster SCSI card
  • several different Megahertz modems

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1. Note slightly more info by Eric Smith, 2000, Jul 14
2. Note Log of same card working on desktop computer by Eric Smith, 2000, Jul 14
1. None I'm not sure what's wrong on the Thinkpad by David Hinds, 2000, Jul 15

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