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Question TP390X, 512MB, and PCMCIA 

Forum: PCMCIA Installation and Configuration Issues
Date: 2000, Feb 02
From: Andrew Newton <>

I have a ThinkPad 390X (2626-MOU) with Mandrake 7.0. The kernel is 2.2.14 and pcmcia-cs is 3.1.9 (I know 3.1.10 is the latest, but the release notes didn't say anything that looked relevant to my problem). Cardmgr says I have a TI 1251B PCIC.

Anyway, cardmgr doesn't recognize any cards and constantly spits out "i82365; infinite loop in interrupt handler". In an effort to fix the problem, I have tried several options in /etc/sysconfig/pcmcia. Currently the PCIC_OPTS read "irq_list=3,7 pci_csc=1 pci_int=1 pci_irq_list=4,5,9,10". But they don't seem to make a difference at all.

I do have two workarounds.

The first is to boot into Win98 first. It does recognize the PCMCIA cards. Then I tell Win98 to reboot and have LILO boot Linux. Now the cardmgr has no problems.

The second workaround is based on the following link I found on IBM's web site with CardWizard under Windows ( Basically, there seems to be some sort of hardware problem with ThinkPad 390X,600E, and 600X and 512MB of memory. So I put "mem=64m" on the append line in lilo and rebooted. No dice. Then I took out one of the 256MB DIMMS giving the sytem just 256MB and rebooted. IT WORKED!

Any ideas?

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1. None It's a flaky BIOS problem by David Hinds, 2000, Feb 09
(_ Sad same problem, fixed, but now xircom card wont work by Dan Trevino, 2000, May 25
1. None That doesn't make much sense by David Hinds, 2000, May 25
2. Idea Actually you only did part of the fix by David Hinds, 2000, May 25
1. Ok fixed by Dan Trevino, 2000, May 25

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