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Question New Media Corp. BASICS Joysitck Adapter

Date: 1999, Nov 27
From: R. Timothy Stewart roadkill

Hello all,
  Just curious if anyone has any information on the card mentioned in the title, or how to get information. I would like to attempt a driver for it, but when I emailed New Media they refused to supply any information. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


Ok Sedlbauer card works fine

Date: 1999, Dec 09
From: Valentijn Sessink Valentijn

As subject says: sedlbauer Speed Star works fine for me. Out of the box, with 3.1.5., Slackware 7, Vaio F304 laptop.


Question PCMCIA ALAS sound driver

Date: 2000, Feb 23
From: Steve Feil stevef

I have seen some high quality PCMCIA sound cards advertised
on the web, however I am disappointed that PCMCIA sound cards
are not supported in Linux.

I have one company in mind that may be willing to supply the
specifications for a PCMCIA sound card they produce.

I would be willing to learn how to write a driver, however
right now I'm just gathering background information.

According to what I have read, the reason that PCMCIA sound
cards are not supported in Linux, is because they use DMA. 
Going on this assumption I have four questions, which I'm 
posting to the PCMCIA mailing list as well as the one for ALSA.

1. Is DMA used on PCMCIA cards other than sound cards?

2. Have any PCMCIA DMA drivers been written for Linux?

3. Can a DMA driver written for a PCMCIA card (other 
   than sound) be easily adapted for a sound card?

4. If a PCMCIA DMA driver module were written, how easy would
   it be for a ALSA module to interface with the DMA module?

1. None It is a difficult issue by David Hinds, 2000, Feb 23

Question howto motivate people writing drivers?

Date: 2000, May 12
From: chris navaryder

Hi all,

Sorry for asking this sort of dumb question. I've been checking the hardware-howto several times in the last years and haven't seen any progress on the pcmcia-sound front. I'd really *love* to see a card supported as this would mean sound for my wearable computer.

So, what is needed to convince one of you driver-coders to write something? (eg. free sample card, $$$, eternal gratitude...) I'm sure there's quite a bunch of other people waiting for this. Would any of them be willing to aid in 'motivating'? (we could set up a fund or something)

thanks, chris

1. Sad No easy answer for this either by David Hinds, 2000, May 12

Idea Lucent LT Win Modem Global (Pcmcia)

Date: 2000, Jul 10
From: William wic

Any one did try the card... its not working under Linux SuSE 6.4... Any solution??
Message is :
Socket 0:
  no product info available
Socket 1:
  product info: "LT WIN MODEM GLOBAL", "", "", ""

1. None Sorry... by David Hinds, 2000, Jul 10

Question Driver for DVD cards

Date: 2000, Aug 07
From: David Kaplan dmk


A while back I tried to use a ZDVD PCMCIA card in my laptop and it didnt work at all. At the time, I was told that the problem was that it used a weird memory mode. Just recently I found out that the kernel now seems to support that video mode (I assume it is MTRR) and that people are beginning to play DVDs with linux.

I was wondering if anyone was working on a driver for this card? I havent a clue how to write one, but perhaps it wouldnt be too hard now that the kernel supports the memory mode.

Question AVM Fritz ISDN Card troubles.

Date: 2000, Aug 19
From: Andreas Fink afink

Hi Folks,

I got a strange effect. Setup is RedHat 6.2, Tosiba Portege 7200CT. Other PCMCIA devices work well (CD ROM, Xircom Network etc). I'm trying to get a Fritz Card PCMCIA ISDN Adapter (also known as AVM A1 PCMCIA) to work with my kernel. If you read the docs in the kernel and on, this card is fully supported. If I read the docs in pcmcia_cs, this card is not mentioned. The card is a passive ISDN card so it doesnt fit into the section "Modem cards which have their own UART". So there are differentiating statements. The german Suse distribution comes with the device listed in /etc/pcmcia/config. I copied that into my RedHat config file and adopted the modules accordingly. All modules load properly so that part works for shure.

Anyway, the situation I have now is if you insert the card you get a high beep followed by a low beep. The correct ISDN drivers are ready to be installed and get loaded properly at the insertion. However I get this message in syslog:

Aug 19 01:58:04 florida kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x170-0x177 0x370-0x37f 0x4d0-0x4d7 
Aug 19 01:58:04 florida kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-0x0aff: clean. 
Aug 19 01:58:08 florida cardmgr[690]: initializing socket 0
Aug 19 01:58:08 florida kernel: cs: memory probe 0x0d0000-0x0dffff: clean. 
Aug 19 01:58:08 florida cardmgr[690]: socket 0: AVM ISDN-Controller A1
Aug 19 01:58:08 florida cardmgr[690]:   product info: "AVM", "ISDN A"
Aug 19 01:58:08 florida cardmgr[690]:   function: 6 (network)u
Aug 19 01:58:09 florida cardmgr[690]: get dev info on socket 0 failed: Resource temporarily unavailable

It seems to be that this last line is the killer. What I see off /proc is that the card has an IRQ but the io ports dont get assigned somehow. Under Windows the card gets either 0x1000 or 0x1400 (or maybe it was 0x100 and 0x140). Both areas are valid in the config. I tried various IRQ's with no difference. The BIOS of the Toshiba is set to CardBus 16. That works best and I dont have any problem with any other card.

I tried the latest kernel 2.4.0test4 with the lates PCMCIA_CS tools downloaded today and I get the same results whatsoever.

Anyone having any clue how to track this problem down to the source?

Andreas Fink

1. Agree I have the same problem! Opened up incident with manufacturer by Marc Beuchat, 2000, Aug 26
(_ More odd IO request: base 0300 align 0020 by Marc Beuchat, 2000, Aug 26
(_ Idea Bug in fcpcmcia_cs.c for FRITZ!Card pcmcia from AVM by Marc Beuchat, 2000, Aug 27
(_ None Re: Idea: Bug in fcpcmcia_cs.c for FRITZ!Card pcmcia from AVM by Andreas Fink, 2000, Aug 27
(_ Sad Patch didnt work for me by Andreas Fink, 2000, Aug 30
(_ Feedback Re: Patch didnt work for me by Marc Beuchat, 2000, Aug 31

Question How to handle a CardBus card without manfid?

Date: 2000, Sep 01
From: Albrecht Dress Albrecht.Dress

I currently try to hack a driver for a IEEE1394/FireWire CardBus Card by Newer Technology. The card is based upon the TI PCI-Lynx chipset, and a "normal" driver is available from the ieee1394 project, which I try to use.

Unfortunately, the card is not recognised at all upon insertion. I hacked around in the cardmgr sources and added some debug info to find the cause. The problem seems to be that at the beginning of lookup_card within cardmgr.c the ioctl() call returns 0, but has_cis is also 0. The check for a funcid.func does also not work as its value is 0xff.

Maybe I should add that the card was designed for a Mac. I can see it using lspci, but all io and memory resources are disabled ("Control: I/O- Mem- BusMaster- etc.). Might this be the cause of the problem? Any other idea how I could it get being recognised?

Thanks for your help, Albrecht.

1. None Fixed in latest drivers by David Hinds, 2000, Sep 01
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