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PCMCIA issues installing potato on an old laptop



Hi folks,

I originally posted this to debian-user, but was advised to repost it
here.

----- Forwarded message from Damon Muller <dm-debian-user@empire.net.au> -----

Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 15:01:20 +1100
From: Damon Muller <dm-debian-user@empire.net.au>
Subject: PCMCIA issues installing potato on an old laptop
To: Debian User List <debian-user@lists.debian.org>

Hi gang,

I have an old 486 laptop, an NEC UltraLite VERSA, with 8m of RAM. Up
until today I'd been happily running bo (I think, a few releases ago
anyway) on it, mainly using it as a dumb terminal so I can lay in bed
and read my email. For a while I'd wanted to upgrade it, mainly because
I wanted a DHCP client on it and there is now no-where you can get
packages for the old version. 

I wanted to do a fresh install, mainly because there is so little HD
space to use apt to install. Also because I wanted to resize the swap
partition.

Anyway, I can get most of the way through the install, and PCMCIA card
services recognises both my pc card modem and network card. This should
be a good thing, as I need to install it over the network. However, when
I tell it to use DHCP to get an IP address, it says something like:

Hw address write mishap

(something like that, it scrolls away too quickly), then the screen
fills up with the following:

eth0: Mismatched read page pointers  1 vs  0.

And repeats ad-nauseum until the install program times out and kills it.
The same thing also happens if I try to anything network-y manually,
except I can't kill it.

I know this card works with debian, as I've been using it with an older
debian on the same machine for a long time (years, probably). I have
never had a problem with it before. cardmgr recognises the card as a
`Danplex EN-6200P2' if that helps anyone, and it's using the pcnet_cs.o
and 8390.o modules.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

cheers,

damon

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Damon Muller              | Did a large procession wave their torches
Criminologist/Linux Geek  | As my head fell in the basket,
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----- End forwarded message -----

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Damon Muller              | Did a large procession wave their torches
Criminologist/Linux Geek  | As my head fell in the basket,
http://killfilter.com     | And was everybody dancing on the casket...
PGP (GnuPG): A136E829     |                      - TBMG, "Dead"

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