Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 527
NFS and FTP installs fail on notebooks with PCMCIA ethernets
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:48 EDT
Again, there is no component for "installation floppies", so
I picked the first component.
Red Hat 5.2 install on a notebook via NFS and FTP tried to
probe for ISA/PCI ethernet cards after it probed for and
correctly identified the PCMCIA card. It stuck on asking
for an ethernet driver, even though PCMCIA had been
specified. I was unable to continue the install.
Due to the size the distribution has grown too, there unfortunately
never will be a floppy install method.
For the pcmcia problem, we need to know the brand of pcmcia controller
chipset and brand/model of pcmcia network card you are attempting to
use for the installation.
Oh, I'm not looking for a floppy installation method. I was just
saying I didn't find a "Component" on the bug entry page that was
appropriate to the boot and supp floppies used to get to the FTP or
NFS installs. I gather "installer" is the right one. There are so
many components, it might make sense to break the list up into package
names (grouped together) and non-package items like installer and
atboot. The latter are otherwise hard to find if you don't know their
I have since discovered that the pcmcia network card was not supported
in 5.2, and is still buggy in pcmcia-3.0.6. It's the new 3Com 10/100
XJACK card, 3CXFE575BT. Probably it would have worked with a good
card. A better error message might have taken me more directly to the
source of the problem, however.
Yes, unfortunately cardbus cards are not yet fully supported by the
pcmcia-cs package. Development is being done so hopefully it will not
We are working to make the installer more descriptive when problems
due occur. Thank you for the suggestion.