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Re: 2.4.17 kernel & pcmcia problem

Heather <star@betelgeuse.starshine.org> wrote:

> I don't think orinoco cards can be classed as either rare or crappy
> - but their module has definitely changed names, and *that* was
> dependent on the kernel rev.

Apples ... oranges.  I was *not* talking about orinoco cards.

However, since you have brought the subject up.  Orinoco cards, like
most cards, now have two sets of drivers.  In this case, they are
named differently.  The 2.4 kernel driver is named "orinoco_cs", the
standalone is named "wvlan_cs".  Note that either driver works with the
2.4 kernels.

> ... not solely though, I think.  If the external pcmcia-cs modules
> and the kernel-internal modules (for new kernels) are also named
> differently, then auto-includes on kernel rev along wouldn't
> necessarily work either.  Hmmmm...

No.  That's not the way to handle things.  With the 2.4 kernels, most
users can choose which set of drivers they want to use.  (The exception
being those with hardware that is supported by only one set of drivers.)

The latest pcmcia-cs packages checks for the presence of the standalone
drivers for the currently running kernel.  If they are found, then
cardmgr is configured to use those.  Otherwise, it is configured to use
the 2.4 kernel drivers.

That is my current solution.  I welcome feedback from anyone explaining
why it is not sufficient.  Please, however, provide concrete examples of
what is failing and when it fails.

- Brian

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