sony vaio z505d pcmcia cdrom
the machine: as above, a sony vaio z505d notebook/laptop.
the cdrom: pcga-cd51/a (pcmcia)
the kernel: 2.4.21 (yeah, kernel.org--i prefer to tweak my own. old habits
the debian flavour: woody
the problem: if i boot with the card inserted, i end up with no keyboard
functionality. if i insert the card while the machine is running, it freezes
immediately, whether running X or prior, in either case requiring a hard boot
all clues gratefully considered.
additionally, if anyone has managed to run a parallel zip 100 on the port
replicator for this arch, pray share the details.
i've googled and plumbed the archives on both of these issues, to no avail;
but i'm hoping, nonetheless, that someone out there has been there (here) and