Bug 7518 - PCMCIA CDROM - fopen(stabfile) failed
PCMCIA CDROM - fopen(stabfile) failed
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Erik Troan
: 7845 10396 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 1999-12-02 14:40 EST by Tom Gagne
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-04-24 08:49:16 EDT
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Description Tom Gagne 1999-12-02 14:40:19 EST
Everything boots fine, the search for PCMCIA cards beeps twice, my cdrom
spins-up and everything is looking fine until it asks me what device to
load RHAT from, and it only give me the option to boot from hard disk

From the alt-f4 screen:

<30>.. cardmgr[14] socket 1: EXP CD940 CD-ROM
<30>.. cardmgr[14] executing: 'modprobe ide_cs.o'
<4>hdc: OTI-911[10-3] ACE[0A.0A-08:20] DC24M 4S, ATAPI CDROM drive
<4>ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 3
<4>jdc: ATAPI 2X CD-ROM DRIVE, 120kB Cache
<6>Uniform CDROM driver Revision: 2.56
<6>ide_cs: jdc: Vcc = 5.0, Vpp = 0.0
<30>.. cardmgr[14]: fopen(stabfile failed: No such file or directory
<30>.. cardmgr[14] exiting
Comment 1 Tom Gagne 1999-12-02 15:58:59 EST
Just to make sure it wasn't a device problem, I tried loading Slackware 2.0.35
and it was able to detect and use the CDROM drive without problem.

CD = EXP CD Traveler 2020
20X max Portable CD-ROM Player

I'm doing this on an IBM Thinkpad 755C
Comment 2 Jay Turner 1999-12-03 09:46:59 EST
This issue has been assigned to a developer for further action.
Comment 3 RL "Bob" Morgan 2000-01-04 19:25:59 EST
I had the same experience with my IBM ThinkPad 560Z and an IBM Max Portable
CD-ROM (IBM CD-20X Series ATAPI via IBM IDE PC card, Uniform CDROM driver
Revision 2.55).  I am attempting to upgrade from RH 5.2 to 6.1.  When booted
normally I'm able to mount the CD-ROM drive just fine and read files from the RH
6.1 CD.
Comment 4 koni 2000-01-15 20:49:59 EST
I also have had this experience, with some new information to add:

(1) The problem seems to have nothing to do with the lack of existance of
/var/run/stab, as I tried the directory /var/run in initrd.img on the pcmcia
install disk, and this did not solve the problem

(2) I CAN use my network PCMCIA card without any problems and do and NFS
install, but neither of my SCSI PCMCIA cards work. I get the double beep, and
the information is correctly displaced on the ALT-F4, but no SCSI devices listed
when I try to choose a partition to install from

this leading me to conclude that cardmgr can exit all it wants (does so with my
network card -- but the network still works) after its loaded the drivers. Why
the SCSI stuff doesn't work? Sounds like perhaps a problem with the installer
noticing it has SCSI drivers loaded and thus SCSI partitions hanging out.
Comment 5 koni 2000-01-16 18:34:59 EST
Hey, any of you know where I can find the source code to the installer program?
I see that all those executables are stuffed together into that one program in
/sbin but can't play around with any more ideas about how to fix this problem
without the source code for that file.
Comment 6 Jay Turner 2000-02-22 14:06:59 EST
*** Bug 7845 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 7 Jay Turner 2000-04-24 08:49:59 EDT
*** Bug 10396 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Erik Troan 2000-08-04 14:15:08 EDT
The core of this problem is that pcmcia cdrom's don't show up in /proc/ide,
which we need to know what exists on the bus. Apparently, the /proc/ide code
cannot handle removeable devices, and this is hard to fix :-(

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