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PCMCIA hassles with Dell Inspiron 8000


With Debian 2.2r3, the pcmcia slot does not work by default on
the Dell Inspiron 8000.  To fix this, you need to recompile
the pcmcia packages with the extra option --pnp added to the
configure line.

A rough guideline to fixing this would be:
1) Do a base install of the system, then get a shell.
2) Install pcmcia-source, kernel-source-2.2.19 and devscripts
3) Untar /usr/src/pcmcia-cs.tar.gz
4) Edit /usr/src/modules/pcmcia-cs/debian/rules and add
   --pnp to the Configure line
5) Run debuild from /usr/src/modules/pcmcia-cs
6) Install /usr/src/modules/pcmcia*deb
7) Run /etc/init.d/pcmcia start

For the Xircom pcmcia card we have in comer you require that
the ethernet device is set to promisc mode for it to receive
an address via dhcp.

Once again, rough guidelines are:
1) /sbin/ifconfig eth0 up
2) /sbin/ifconfig eth0 promisc
3) /sbin/pump

It is left as an exercise for the reader to modify the config
scripts to do this for them.

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