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Question IDE Card causing havoc with 3Com card. 

Forum: PCMCIA ATA/IDE Device Issues
Date: 1999, Dec 20
From: Chris N. Brown cnbrown

Hello,

I am having a devil of a problem with my PMCIA IDE card and I was hoping that you could help me out.... I've searched the FAQ and Deja and haven't been able to figure out my problem.

Dirst things first:

My system is: RedHat 6.1, kernel 2.2.12 with pcmcia package 3.0.14. No special modification has been done to the kernel, so it's a "standard" kernel that ships with RH 6.1.

I have the following PCMCIA cards:

	3COM 3C589  Ethernet card
	Apricorn EZ-Gig IDE card

Now, here is the problem that I'm having:

When I first installed my system, I was able to use both cards (meaning that I could talk to the outside world and access data on my external IDE drive) successfully for about 2 to 3 weeks. However, after shutting down my laptop and rebooting one day, wierd things started to happen.

The 3Com card successfully initialized, but the EZ-GIG card failed to initialize... the error message that pops out to the console states that the card in socket 1 (the IDE card) is timing out.

Output from "cardctl status" says:

Socket 0:
  5V 16-bit card present
  Function 0: ready
Socket 1:
  5V 16-bit card present
  Function 0: busy, battery dead, battery low

and "dmesg" says: cs: socket 1 timed out during reset

Also, inserting the IDE card causes my ethernet card to stop functioning altogether, and causes the following output with the "dmesg" command:

eth0: interrupt(s) dropped!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete!
.... repeated forever, with the "link" light on my dongle flashing like a police siren.

I have to manually reset both pcmcia cards "via cardctl eject..." to get connected to the outside world again.

What could be causing this? I know that when the drive worked, it was using the ide_cs module. I don't think that I am having a hard drive problem, because I've tried this with 2 different drives both with the same results.

Thanks in advance, Chris Brown

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1. None It certainly sounds like a hardware failure by David Hinds, 1999, Dec 20

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