Bug 98271 - (PCMCIA)2.4.20 Crashes at Boot w/ Ethernet/Modem PCMCIA Card Installed
Summary: (PCMCIA)2.4.20 Crashes at Boot w/ Ethernet/Modem PCMCIA Card Installed
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-06-30 06:35 UTC by Ronald W. Heiby
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:55 UTC (History)
0 users

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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:41:13 UTC

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Description Ronald W. Heiby 2003-06-30 06:35:45 UTC
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Hello linux-thinkpad,

I'm running RH 8.0 on my 770ED. The system sits on a dock where the
floppy resides, along with a TDK CD-RW drive. On the dock's SCSI,
there is a Syquest SyJet with no disk in the drive. In the PCMCIA
slot, I have a 3Com/Megahertz 3CCFEM556 Ethernet/Modem card.

Running kernel 2.4.18-27.0, and several others before that, things
have been working pretty well. However, when I tried moving to the
first 2.4.20 kernel update that RH released, I had trouble. After
seeing some discussion here, it looked like it might have been caused
by PCMCIA difficulties. It looked more like that once I successfully
upgraded my A21p and three desktop systems (none of which use any
PCMCIA cards).

Now, I've tried upgrading to the latest 2.4.20-18.8, and my system is
still locking up at boot time. I am assuming that this is a "panic",
but since I can't remember seeing one on Linux before and since it
goes on for enough lines to scroll off the top of the screen, who

In /var/log/messages, the last few lines from my 2.4.20-18.8 boot
attempt are (without the date stamps):

pcmcia:  cardmgr.
cardmgr[598]: starting, version is 3.1.31
rc: Starting pcmcia:  succeeded
cardmgr[598]: config error, file 'config' line 2129: no function
cardmgr[598]: watching 4 sockets
cardmgr[598]: Card services release does not match

Note that the complaint about line 2129 also happens in the 2.4.18
boot. Note that the "Card services release does not match" complaint
also happens in the 2.4.18 boot.

In the 2.4.18 boot, what follows are lines from kernel/cs relating to
IO port probing, followed by the initialization of the Ethernet/Modem

So, I guess I'm still suspicious of PCMCIA issues. Further evidence
pointing at PCMCIA is that when I pulled the card and re-booted, the
system came up fine (althouth, of course, not on the network).

Where do I go from here??? Thanks!


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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Leave Ethernet/Modem card installed
2. Power on ThinkPad
3. Observer Crash and Burn
Actual results:
System refuses to boot

Expected results:
Normal boot with Ethernet connectivity

Comment 1 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:41:13 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases, 
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