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Bug#342164: Sarge Installer Bug Report: Kernel Module Fails To Load

Hi! Thanks for the quick response:

> Quoting O. Sharp (ohh@drizzle.com):
> > Can't get any PCMCIA card services or recognition. Everything else 
> > seems to be doing okay.
> > 
> > The Gateway Solo 2200 is an older laptop, with no built-in network or 
> > modem connections, so it's reliant on PCMCIA cards for this. Unfortunately 
> > the installer was unable to load the 'i82365' module, and every subsequent 
> > attempt to find the network card or modem resulted in a 'modprobe -v 
> > i82365' failure.
> Could you try with the Etch installer beta1 which you can get from
> http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer? I suggest downloading
> the "netinst" CD image.

I've downloaded and tried it, and unfortunately it doesn't solve the 
problem. The 'modprobe -v i82365' failure showed up again early on, and 
then reappeared whenever an attempt to access network hardware was made.

When the problem first appeared I had a look at the virtual consoles. 
Virtual console #3 remained blank throughout - possibly because the 
installer was running in low-memory mode? - but virtual console #4 
showed the following after the first 'modprobe' error (hopefully with no 
typos on my part; some tabs added for readability):

Dec  6 10:28:16 kernel:  [<c01a9964>] kobject_cleanup+0x3c/0x6c
Dec  6 10:28:16 kernel:  [<c01a9994>] kobject_release+0x0/0xc
Dec  6 10:28:16 kernel:  [<c01aa123>] kref_put+0x27/0x54
Dec  6 10:28:16 kernel:  [<c01a99b6>] kobject_put+0x16/0x1c
Dec  6 10:28:16 kernel:  [<c01a9994>] kobject_release+0x0/0xc
Dec  6 10:28:16 kernel:  [<c382e08f>] init_i82365+0x177/0x18e [i82365]
Dec  6 10:28:16 kernel:  [<c012cf85>] sys_init_module+0xa9/0x180
Dec  6 10:28:16 kernel:  [<c0103051>] syscall_call+0x7/0xb
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: Using /lib/modules/2.6.12-1-386/kernel/drivers/
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: insmod:
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: cannot insert 'lib/modules/2.6.12-1-386/kernel/
	drivers/pcmcia/i82365.ko': No such device (-1)
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: No such device
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: insmod /lib/modules/2.6.12-1-386/kernel/drivers/
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: insmod /lib/modules/2.6.12-1-386/kernel/drivers/
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: insmod /lib/modules/2.6.12-1-386/kernel/drivers/
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: modprobe:
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: failed to load module i82365
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: 
Dec  6 10:28:16 hw-detect: Error loading 'i82365'

I continued on to see if the situation might change later, and when it 
reached the network hardware detection it again hit another red screen of 
'modprobe -v i82365'. A look at terminal 4 revealed another set of reports 
from hw-detect about failing to load i82365, and about nine lines before 
the failure there were a few other lines which may or may not be relevant:

Dec  6 10:48:50 kernel: Intel ISA PCIC probe: not found.
Dec  6 10:48:50 kernel: Device 'i82365.0' does not have a release() 
	function, it is broken and must be fixed.
Dec  6 10:48:50 kernel: Badness in device_release at 

(For clarity, the second line "Device 'i82365.0'...": that is a zero, not 
an o or O or ko or any other alphabetic manifestation.)

The install program then brought up a screen saying, "No Ethernet card was 
detected, but a FireWire interface is present"; it then asked if I had 
some exotic FireWire-to-Ethernet setup it should be looking for. My laptop 
is an old 133 MHz Pentium, and certainly has no FireWire interface, but 
hopefully this is a clue about what the installer is thinking.  :)

After a couple unsuccessful attempts to get the network card recognized, I 
aborted the install.

Any suggestions? Any other information which may be relevant or helpful? 
Is there a way to install the i82365 module after the fact? Any help or 
pointers appreciated.  :)  Thanks!


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