Bug 2935 - PCMCIA Network install impossible w/RH6 on i386
PCMCIA Network install impossible w/RH6 on i386
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Matt Wilson
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Reported: 1999-05-20 09:18 EDT by Jason Costomiris
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-02-10 14:45:57 EST
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Description Jason Costomiris 1999-05-20 09:18:20 EDT
I've tried using both a 3c574-TX and a 3c589D.  Here's the
sequence of events:

1. boot using the 4/19 boot.img
2. Answer those first two or three questions.
3. Answer "yes" to "need PCMCIA support during installation"
4. insert the disk with the 4/19 pcmcia.img written to it.
5. Flip to VC4, note that the card is properly identified
and modules are loaded.

Here's what it says:

executing: './network start eth0'
+ ./network: /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup: not found
start cmd exited with status 2

Both the 574 and the 589 exhibit the same behavior.

Has anyone managed a successful network install that
requires PCMCIA?  Not that it really matters, but it's a
Mitsubishi Amity CN that's been running Debian just fine. :-

Are there newer images that actually work?
Comment 1 Jason Costomiris 1999-05-24 10:41:59 EDT
Any status update?
Comment 2 Matt Wilson 1999-06-01 17:47:59 EDT
The "executing: './network start eth0' ./network:
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup: not found
start cmd exited with status 2" message is not the real problem.  Look
for more info in the same log area.
Comment 3 Jason Costomiris 1999-06-02 10:59:59 EDT
This appears to be directly related to the 3c574-TX I'm using.  It
does NOT work at all under RH 6.0.  It worked great under 5.2, and
still works great with Debian.

I just re-ran the installer using the 5/28/1999 images, and the
install works with a 3c589, but NOT a 3c574.  Weird, no?
Comment 4 Jason Costomiris 1999-06-02 14:24:59 EDT
Further update..

The 3c574-TX WILL initialize properly under RH6 if it's run at 10
Mbps.  It fails if initialized at 100.  After the card has
initialized, moving it to a 100 Mbps port causes the card to
renegotiate at 100Mbps.  Weird, huh?  I swapped out the drive and
confirmed that both Debian and even Slackerware behave properly..
Perhaps it's an option being passed to the pcmcia cs daemons?
Comment 5 David Hinds 2000-01-10 15:40:59 EST
The 3c574_cs driver did not properly initialize the MII transceiver until the
PCMCIA driver release following the one included in RH6.0.

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