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Solution for PCs needing "nopcmcia" to boot [TESTS FINISHED]
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pakt


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PostPosted: Sat 29 Sep 2007, 02:48    Post subject:  Solution for PCs needing "nopcmcia" to boot [TESTS FINISHED]
Subject description: A solution to the PCMCIA freeze problem
 

Searching the net showed that the problem with PCs freezing during PCMCIA probing is not uncommon. This affected several PC brands and popular Linux distros.

The common denominator appears to be a bug in cs IO port probing. It reports that I/O port range 0x800-0x80f is available when it is actually taken by some device, so cardmgr freezes on start.

The solution is simple:

Open /etc/pcmcia/config.opts in an editor and change the first line:
Quote:
include ... 0x800-0x8ff... to
include ... 0x810-0x8ff.

This worked on my Acer 6291 laptop. It now boots without having to use the boot option "nopcmcia".

Those of you that reported having to use "nopcmcia" to boot, please try this fix. Both the Ubuntu and Toshiba support sites recommended this fix so it shouldn't do any harm.

Please report your success or failure in this thread Wink

If this solves the PCMCIA freeze problem, Barry can include the fix in Puppy 3.00

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paulh177


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PostPosted: Sat 29 Sep 2007, 06:10    Post subject:  

As i'd patched all my other puppy isos to add nocpmcia as a boot parm, I downloaded and burned a brand new 2,17,1 and tried booting from it -- it froze as usual.

So booted ram-only with nopcmcia, then modified config.opts as suggested and created a pup_save, then rebooted off cd without any parms -- it has come up with no problems.

Thanks for this pakt, so far so good on my Acer 5612wlmi

paul

PS 2.17 looks very smooth and feels very quick but still needs a manual modprobe hda_snd_intel to get it barking ... but that's for another thread
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pakt


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PostPosted: Sat 29 Sep 2007, 07:23    Post subject:  

paulh177 wrote:
Thanks for this pakt, so far so good on my Acer 5612wlmi

Thanks Paul. Chalk one up one the plus side Smile

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KJ

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PostPosted: Sat 29 Sep 2007, 18:04    Post subject:  

Excellent ... works on my Acer 5570Z loading from a USB2 flash drive with Puppy 216EZ and an upgraded 213 to 216 copy. Both copies run but I haven't tested anything that is pcmcia yet .... I think I have an old 14.4 modem somewhere.

Thanks
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paulh177


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PostPosted: Sun 30 Sep 2007, 02:50    Post subject:  

kj wrote:
haven't tested anything that is pcmcia yet

oops sorry meant to mention that I tested a pcmcia wireless card after applying the patch and that worked fine too ...

paul
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pupshock

Joined: 23 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Tue 23 Oct 2007, 08:15    Post subject:  

excellent; it works,
menu.lst kernel line does not need nopcmcia anymore,
(NB: still needs irqpoll)

Acer 3002wtci, Puppy 2.16.
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stephino13

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Nov 2007, 22:17    Post subject:    

It worked for on a T60 Thinkpad. Thanks.
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