[ale] PCMCIA: kernel vs Hinds
esoteric at 3times25.net
Tue Feb 10 05:58:01 EST 2004
Dow Hurst wrote:
> I've noticed that the nm256 driver under SUSE 8.x-9.0 still gives my
> Dell Latitude problems. Pizza gave me advice to get the latest ALSA
> which has allowed the laptop to boot most of the time without hanging
> but it still hangs about half the time. Under SUSE 7.1 I did not have
> this problem at all.
> I just noticed when looking around at pcmcia docs (since unplugging the
> Linksys LAN/modem card helps promote a successful boot), that kernel
> based pcmcia is used by SUSE. There is an option to use the older
> implementation by David Hinds. The Hinds version gets high praise in
> the SUSE help blurb in /etc/sysconfig/pcmcia. I am thinking about
> loading up SUSE 7.1 just to see what was used and if I could run SUSE
> 9.0 with whatever SUSE 7.1 had. Or, if I could run a different distro
> like Gentoo or Slackware that would let me customize the sound setup a
> little more.
You might be able to simply determine what settings another distro uses
and resolve it in that manner.
> I've found out that I'll get the laptop back soon since a
> desktop is coming the way of that user. So, I'd like to solve this for
> the current user under SUSE, if I can, for their sake. But, later I
> could do whatever with the laptop. Any thoughts on why removing the
> pcmcia card would promote the nm256 driver to load properly? I haven't
> found any direct clues as to what is wrong from kernel docs, ALSA docs,
> and lot's of Googling.
I'm sure it's too simple, but it sounds to me like an irq or memory
space conflict. Have you consulted the Emperor? ;) You might have some
luck using one of their kernels, and I believe they are free for the
Until later, Geoffrey Registered Linux User #108567
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