I was more disappointed for you since you have spent many hours/days/weeks on this. If you lived in Toronto, I would certainly offer whatever assistance I could give.
Just a suggestion here... How about trying another distro just to see if it works out of the box. If it did work, then you would be able to have a look at the default kernel config, /etc/modules.conf and other settings to see what is needed to get it working.
I've just installed the latest Caldera and the following is in the default .config (kernel 2.4.13). I did post some of the settings from this .config before and the more I look at it, the more I think it might work. Most distros heavily patch the default kernel before releasing their distro, so the newest kernel (2.4.17) may not have all the kernel options available.
# Loadable module support
# General setup
CONFIG_NET=y *** THIS
CONFIG_PCI=y *** THIS
# CONFIG_PCI_GOBIOS is not set
# CONFIG_PCI_GODIRECT is not set
CONFIG_HOTPLUG=y *** MAYBE THIS
# PCMCIA/CardBus support
# Plug and Play configuration
# CONFIG_PNPBIOS is not set
# Network device support
SOME FROM HERE
# Wireless LAN (non-hamradio)
# CONFIG_AIRONET4500_ISA is not set
# CONFIG_AIRONET4500_I365 is not set
# Wireless Pcmcia cards support
ok well I did find something that may or may not help ???
There are some parms I can pass, but not sure exactly how to do it
The module i82365 I believe goes to my PCI to ISA Bridge
I ran a script called dump_pirq that comes with pcmcia and this is the info I got.
I know I can pass the IRQ to the pcmcia manager, but not sure to pass 9,10, or 11 *sigh*
I believe my wireless card is on 10.
I tried to do a modprobe of tcic (the other white meat) but that didn't result any better than i82365
There is another little util called probe that is supposed to find my controller but as you see below not such luck
[root@localhost cardmgr]# probe
PCI bridge probe: not found.
Intel PCIC probe: not found.
Databook TCIC-2 probe: not found.
this is from var/log/messages after modprobing the card module
eb 6 03:09:33 localhost kernel: Databook TCIC-2 PCMCIA probe: not found.
Feb 6 03:09:46 localhost kernel: Intel PCIC probe: not found.
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: init_module: prism2_plx.o: 0.1.10 Loaded
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: init_module: dev_info is: prism2_plx
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 00:09.0
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: A PLX PCI/PCMCIA interface device found, phymem:0xdf000000, phyio=0xc800, irq:10, mem: 0xd0905000, io:0xc800
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: A PCMCIA WLAN adapter was found.
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: ident: nic h/w: id=0x800c 1.0.0
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: ident: pri f/w: id=0x15 1.0.4
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: ident: sta f/w: id=0x1f 1.0.3
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: MFI:SUP:role=0x00:id=0x01:var=0x01:b/t=1/1
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: CFI:SUP:role=0x00:id=0x02:var=0x02:b/t=1/1
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: PRI:SUP:role=0x00:id=0x03:var=0x01:b/t=1/3
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: STA:SUP:role=0x00:id=0x04:var=0x01:b/t=1/6
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: PRI-CFI:ACT:role=0x01:id=0x02:var=0x02:b/t=1/1
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: STA-CFI:ACT:role=0x01:id=0x02:var=0x02:b/t=1/1
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: STA-MFI:ACT:role=0x01:id=0x01:var=0x01:b/t=1/1
Feb 6 03:17:39 localhost kernel: Prism2 card SN: 99SA01000000
md, I've tried caldera in the past but didn't really like them much their updates were out of date before it made it to their website
I think if worse comes to worse, maybe I'll try SuSE
So far mailing list has been worthless
Plenty of OTHER problems being solved of course lol
Still workin' on it
Ok got rid of the error for i82365 device not found.
I tried every other freakin' module that this thing compiles and one WORKED!
i82092 plugs in ok
So I did that and rmmod prism2_plx, insmod prism2_plx (make sure it knows its there)
Not quite out of this yet lol
[root@localhost linux]# /etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia reload
Shutting down PCMCIA services:.
Starting PCMCIA services: modulesinsmod: a module named pcmcia_core already exists
insmod: a module named i82092 already exists
/lib/modules/2.4.17/pcmcia/ds.o: init_module: Operation not permitted
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters cardmgr.
Still having problems with this damn ds.o
Also in var/log/messages
Feb 6 04:35:40 localhost kernel: ds: no socket drivers loaded!
Feb 6 04:35:40 localhost cardmgr: starting, version is 3.1.31
Feb 6 04:35:40 localhost cardmgr: no pcmcia driver in /proc/devices
Feb 6 04:35:40 localhost cardmgr: exiting
Feb 6 04:38:55 localhost kernel: ds: no socket drivers loaded!
so not sure if the chicken or the egg came first
whether the problem with no pcmcia driver in /proc/devices is the problem, or if its the ds no socket drivers loaded.
However its 5am, and kinda lookin' towards the bed and its lookin back at me... scary eh? lol
Any ideas be glad to hear them
ok wait just noticed something else
too tired to deal with it tonight
I've compiled and installed pcmcia 3.1.31
When I do a test_setup (a script that comes with pcmcia) it seems that kernel card services 3.1.22 is running...
So that maybe the ds.o problem.
SO I will work on recompiling the kernel w/o the pcmcia module included (seeing as I am recompiling a newer version anyways)
<--- going to bed lol
I'll probably start compiling tonight so whenever I get going tomorrow or when I get home from work I can start on it again lol
Ya know its nice having a problem to work on, but geeez gimme a break LOL
so I thought about it, if I select not to compile pcmcia/cardbus support it wont let me compile the i82092 modules either.
SO I tried another method
Theoretically this was compiled as a module and indeed pcmcia_core module is running
SO I rmmod all the related modules to this beast
then stopped the service, and rmmod pcmcia_core
I recompiled pcmcia-3.1.31 and make install
(yes did make clean, and re-did make config)
However, when I restart services it still says 3.1.22 kernel services *sigh*
How do I get rid of that little bastage? lol
I thought stopping services and removing the module (It did not show up in lsmod) would allow me to overwrite it but still not going anywhere grrr lol
Again, any help is appreciated.
I'm REALLY goign to bed this time!!
I'm off to work now and will read your updates during the day and post anything I can think of when I get home.
The Caldera suggestion was due to what I saw in the kernel default config. The new version (3.1.1) has the 2.4.13 kernel and is heavily patched. I thought it may work (out of the box) and would give you some help to get Mandrake working with the card. Do you have an extra partition you could use just for testing?
after compiling pcmcia-cs-3.1.31 ... I can't find any .o files relating to pcmcia... how is that?
-- edit --
ok scratch that I fingered that one out
Instead of compiling for the currently running kernel I compiled against the source which recompiled the core module and all other pcmcia modules with it which worked great... but didn't fix the problem
Feb 6 14:09:03 localhost kernel: Linux PCMCIA Card Services 3.1.31
Feb 6 14:09:03 localhost kernel: kernel build: 2.4.17 unknown
Feb 6 14:09:03 localhost kernel: options: [pci] [apm]
Feb 6 14:09:03 localhost kernel: ds: no socket drivers loaded!
Feb 6 14:09:03 localhost cardmgr: starting, version is 3.1.31
Feb 6 14:09:03 localhost cardmgr: no pcmcia driver in /proc/devices
Feb 6 14:09:03 localhost cardmgr: exiting
thankfully there are no guns in this house LOL
well off to work I go...
thanks for trying folks... this battle just may go down in flames yet lol
Not a problem, maybe I'll take a hiatus from it for a bit...
My boss just told me he'd buy me a new computer if I write an app for our blackberry (www.blackberry.net if you're not sure of what I'm referring to)...
Apparently they looked up for some software to do a similar job and the company wanted 110k for it
Some of the functionality of the app was redundant, and some of it was worthless so maybe I'll just put some time into that JUST in case he's even remotely serious LOL
Anyways, thanks a lot for the help anything is appreciated I certainly can't expect others lives to revolve around my problem... damnit ;D