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Sad System hangs when starting pcmcia service... 

Forum: PCMCIA Installation and Configuration Issues
Date: 2000, Mar 12
From: Eric Maes <>

Hi, I just downloaded version 3.1.12 of the pcmcia drivers and compiled it without a problem on my RedHat 6.1 system running kernel 2.2.12-20. I am using the PCMCIA-ISA adapter that came with my Webgear Aviator card. When I start the pcmcia service, my system completely hangs. First I thought this might be an IRQ issue, so I removed my SCSI adapter card (which I was not using anyway at the moment) and forced the driver to only probe for IRQ 12 which the card used (PCIC_OPTS='irq_list=12"), but the sysem still hangs. Here is part of /var/adm/messages (this still shows the original output (before I forced the IRQ). When my system hang, it probably trashed the messages file and I had to run fsck upon reboot...

Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo kernel: Linux PCMCIA Card Services 3.1.12
Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo kernel:   kernel build: 2.2.12-20 #1 Mon Sep 27 10:40:35 E
DT 1999
Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo kernel:   options:  [pci] [cardbus] [apm]
Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo kernel: PCI routing table version 1.0 at 0xfd820
Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo kernel: Intel PCIC probe:
Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo kernel:   Ricoh RF5C296/396 ISA-to-PCMCIA at port 0x3e0 of
s 0x00
Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo kernel:     host opts [0]: none
Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo kernel:     ISA irqs (scanned) = 3,7,9 polling interval =
1000 ms Mar 12 17:32:48 bilbo cardmgr[1107]: starting, version is 3.1.12

This is what probe shows:

PCI bridge probe: not found. Intel PCIC probe: i82365sl B step found, 1 sockets.

cat ioports:
  0000-001f : dma1
0020-003f : pic1
0040-005f : timer
0060-006f : keyboard
0070-007f : rtc
0080-008f : dma page reg
00a0-00bf : pic2
00c0-00df : dma2
00f0-00ff : fpu
0170-0177 : ide1
01f0-01f7 : ide0
02f8-02ff : serial(auto)
0300-031f : NE2000
0376-0376 : ide1
03c0-03df : vga+
03f6-03f6 : ide0
03f8-03ff : serial(auto)
6800-683f : es1370
f000-f007 : ide0
f008-f00f : ide1        

Needless to say that much to my frustration, the installation of these cards went without a problem when I booted this system in NT mode....

Thanks for your help - Eric

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1. None Not interrupts: either IO ports or memory by David Hinds, 2000, Mar 13
(_ Feedback Some progress... by Eric Maes, 2000, Mar 14
(_ Ok OK now! by Eric Maes, 2000, Mar 15

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