During the installation
we need to disable the PCMCIA detection since this is not working.
by booting the installation with following command:
(At the first boot screen
linux nopcmcia nousb
You need both keywords!!
the install follow the the wizard, just make sure you select and install the kernel-sources
package. We need them later.
the installation finishes, reboot the machine into single user.
press 'a' (append) and add the keywords "single nousb".
single user mode, edit /etc/sysconfig/pcmcia, and change PCMCIA=on to PCMCIA=off.
you are new to Linux and have never used vi there is a great introduction at http://cc.uoregon.edu/usingvi.html
the booting process into graphical login by pressing control-d.
the system is booted, we will need to build a new kernel with kernel PCMCIA support
disabled, and then build and install the pcmcia_cs package. Ready? This process
will take some time.
redhat kernel source RPMS
into "General Setup"
select PCMCIA support and
hit 'N' to turn that sucker off
Power Management (APM) and turn that sucker off, too
all the way back out and answer Y to save kernel config
this took 2 h on my machine)
this will write a new kernel boot option in grub, named kernel-2.4.20-8custom)
remove all the pcmcia that comes with Redhat.
reboot and select the new kernel from the grub boot screen.
the kernel boots without an issue, make it the default kernel by editing /etc/grub.conf
so that the default kernel is the 0th kernel:
In case the boot hangs you will have to disable the usb support completley (I
had do) by appending nousb during boot. At the kernel selection select the custom
kernel and press (a) append nousb and boot.
the latest pcmcia-cs from:
used the 3.2.3 version
it into /usr/src
to this directory
the config command
source directory is: /usr/src/linux-2.4
trusting versions: n
32-bit cardbus support: y
BIOS resource checking: n
install dir: /lib/modules/2.4.20-8custom
Again, should it hang during boot (which mine did) you will need to disable the
usb support completely. (see the after math on how to change this permanently)
boot select the custom kernel press (a) and append nousb. Press enter and complete
booted get a terminal up and simple enter the restart command for the pcmcia
should bring up PCMCIA services.
should now hava a working RH system with PCMCIA support. Have fun!