Just for info, with certain PCMCIA controllers the install
will fail to detect the PCMCIA capabilities of the laptop
if the machine was warm booted after using windows.
This is a known problem with the pcmcia package that seems
to have been worked around in pcmcia-3.0.6.
In the meantime, some note somewhere saying that if pcmcia
isn't detected, the user should try to power off the laptop
and boot it directly under linux would help. I know several
people who have been bitten by this, and lost many hours on
that problem, myself included.
Added missing summary
We will need to get a laptop that has windows on it to be able to
confirm this problem.
It is likely that you won't be able to reproduce the bug because it
only happens with a one (maybe more?) PCMCIA controller.
The laptop I had a problem with had the following controller:
O2Micro OZ6836 CardBus at mem 0x68000000, 2 sockets