I'm currently reasonably new to Linux, and am running SuSE 6.4
on a Dell Latitude CPi 400XT with a RBEM56G 10/100 Ethernet + Modem 56 PCMCIA card. SuSE has installed OK, but has not picked up the Ether or Modem card - I'm not too fussed about the ISDN.
Would any helpful soul out there care to tell me
(a) Whether the RBEM56G card is supported ?
(b) If it is, what do I need to do to get it working ?
In simple terms :)
> [...] am running SuSE 6.4 on a Dell Latitude CPi 400XT with
> a RBEM56G 10/100 Ethernet + Modem 56 PCMCIA card.
> SuSE has installed OK, but has not
> picked up the Ether or Modem card - I'm not too fussed about the
> (a) Whether the RBEM56G card is supported ?
Sure as hell ;) I'm using one right now to send this message.
> (b) If it is, what do I need to do to get it working ?
A few days ago I tried SuSE 6.4 and it got my card perfectly. I don't remember if I chose any special option in the install menu. Some Linux distros have an option in the install menu for activating PCMCIA support before installing, to be able to get the packages through it.
You only need a recent version of pcmcia-cs. The one in SuSE 6.4 is more than adequate.
Browse the SuSE help (in KDE, the chamaleon icon) for instructions on installing PCMCIA support.
Once installed, insert the card, and it will make one 'beep', wich means the card has been recognized. A while later it will make another one: it if it sounds the same as the first, it's OK. If it has a lower pitch, or doesn't sound at all (will do if given enough time), you still have to configure your Ethernet connection.
That's it: the card works. Read some docs and you will have it working right. The only quirk is that you could have to make a 'ifconfig eth0 promisc' (as root) to make the Ethernet part working right. This is documented in various messages above.
And, of course, don't forget to "Read Those Fine Manuals" ;) (PCMCIA-Howto, SuSE Help, and the other messages in this list, at least)