Bug 527 - NFS and FTP installs fail on notebooks with PCMCIA ethernets
Summary: NFS and FTP installs fail on notebooks with PCMCIA ethernets
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 5.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1998-12-19 00:14 UTC by Joe Harrington
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1998-12-21 18:47:09 UTC

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Description Joe Harrington 1998-12-19 00:14:59 UTC
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.

Comment 1 David Lawrence 1998-12-21 18:17:59 UTC
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.

Comment 2 Joe Harrington 1998-12-21 18:44:59 UTC
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.

Comment 3 David Lawrence 1998-12-21 18:47:59 UTC
Yes, unfortunately cardbus cards are not yet fully supported by the
pcmcia-cs package. Development is being done so hopefully it will not
be long.

We are working to make the installer more descriptive when problems
due occur. Thank you for the suggestion.

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