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Re: 32-bit pcmcia in an old laptop?

On Thu, 4 Nov 2004 22:47:58 -0600
Jacob S <stormspotter@6Texans.net> wrote:

> Hello List,
> I've got an old Toshiba Tecra 720CDT (133Mhz w/96MB ram). I just
> bought a Netgear WG511 802.11g wireless card to put in it. The pcmcia
> card is(obviously) a 32bit card. Up to this point I've only used 16bit
> cards in the laptop.
> The problem is the card is not being recognized at all by Linux. I
> upgraded the kernel to 2.6.8 (it had been running an old 2.2 kernel),
> and installed hotplug and discover (didn't think they would really do
> anything, but it made it easier to get the drivers installed for other
> things like the sound card). When I insert the card, neither of the
> leds on the card turn on, I don't get any of the usual beeps from the
> computer, etc. Cardctl reports both sockets as being empty. The pcmcia
> controller is an old generic i82365 chipset. 
> So, my question. I'm guessing this is a compatability issue; the old
> laptop can use 16bit cards but not 32bit and that the card shouldn't
> be this dead even if it were somehow defective when I got it. Can
> someone with more pcmcia experience confirm this, or give me any tips
> to do more troubleshooting? 

FWIW, I haven't been able to test the 32bit card in a newer laptop (no
access to one currently), but I did find someone getting rid of a 16bit
Linksys card that works great. My guess is that it was the compatability


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