PCMCIA Problems with a Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 MK5 and Antix Linux

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  1. FX-Tech

    FX-Tech Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey Sheepman, thanks for the help! OK, so I did that, and also included Handle 0x0019 as it looks related, and here's what I got with no card in either slot:

    Handle 0x0017, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: Lower PC Card
    Type: 32-bit PC Card (PCMCIA)
    Current Usage: Unknown
    Length: Other
    ID: Adapter 0, Socket 0
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PC Card-16 is supported
    Cardbus is supported
    PME signal is supported
    Hot-plug devices are supported

    Handle 0x0018, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: Upper PC Card
    Type: 32-bit PC Card (PCMCIA)
    Current Usage: Unknown
    Length: Other
    ID: Adapter 0, Socket 1
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PC Card-16 is supported
    Cardbus is supported
    PME signal is supported
    Hot-plug devices are supported

    Handle 0x0019, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: mini PCI Main
    Type: 32-bit PCI
    Current Usage: In Use
    Length: Other
    ID: 0
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PME signal is supported


    Here's what I get with the card in the BOTTOM slot:

    Handle 0x0017, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: Lower PC Card
    Type: 32-bit PC Card (PCMCIA)
    Current Usage: Unknown
    Length: Other
    ID: Adapter 0, Socket 0
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PC Card-16 is supported
    Cardbus is supported
    PME signal is supported
    Hot-plug devices are supported

    Handle 0x0018, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: Upper PC Card
    Type: 32-bit PC Card (PCMCIA)
    Current Usage: Unknown
    Length: Other
    ID: Adapter 0, Socket 1
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PC Card-16 is supported
    Cardbus is supported
    PME signal is supported
    Hot-plug devices are supported

    Handle 0x0019, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: mini PCI Main
    Type: 32-bit PCI
    Current Usage: In Use
    Length: Other
    ID: 0
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PME signal is supported

    Here's what I got with the card in the TOP slot:

    Handle 0x0017, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: Lower PC Card
    Type: 32-bit PC Card (PCMCIA)
    Current Usage: Unknown
    Length: Other
    ID: Adapter 0, Socket 0
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PC Card-16 is supported
    Cardbus is supported
    PME signal is supported
    Hot-plug devices are supported

    Handle 0x0018, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: Upper PC Card
    Type: 32-bit PC Card (PCMCIA)
    Current Usage: Unknown
    Length: Other
    ID: Adapter 0, Socket 1
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PC Card-16 is supported
    Cardbus is supported
    PME signal is supported
    Hot-plug devices are supported

    Handle 0x0019, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
    System Slot Information
    Designation: mini PCI Main
    Type: 32-bit PCI
    Current Usage: In Use
    Length: Other
    ID: 0
    Characteristics:
    5.0 V is provided
    3.3 V is provided
    PME signal is supported

    BTW I used my Adaptech USB card and also has a dongle for a logitech M130 wireless mouse plugged into one of the USB slots. The mouse works great on the bottom slot.

    Looks like these was no change in the output of dmidecode no matter which slot the card was loaded into and whether it worked or not.

    Now, there are a few major hardware differences between the MK2 CF-29 that I have and the MK5. They are as I know, DDR2 memory instead of DDR memory, a second USB slot was added on the back and PS2 port removed, and an SD Card slot was added under the PCMCIA card slots. I'm sure the chipset is different too along with other changes. I know from testing drives lately, that the IDE port behaves differently and takes advantage of some of the higher speed data transfer protocols in the MK5 - it doesn't in the MK2.

    Any other ideas? Hopefully we can figure this out...
     
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    There is a group of members, led by SHEEPMAN!, that are working on trying to figuring out a solution. Hopefully we will figure out a solution, soon. :)
     
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    That's Awesome! Thanks Guys!
     
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    Both PC slots run and work fine on MK5 using XP.

    So, not hardware.

    Do you have any LiveUSB from earlier kernels? I may resort to my DVD stack if I can find it. :)

    Jeff
     
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    Hey Jeff,

    You know I grabbed a quite old copy of Puppy Linux - 4.12-K2.6.25.16-SEAMONKEY - and both slots worked! I also tried a live CD of Ubuntu 10.04.03 LTS and that worked with both slots as well. Tried the latest Tiny Core and that did not work, so my guess at the moment might be that one of the newer kernels has an issue. I'm going to download the latest Slackware linux and see if it works. Patrick is pretty good about checking stuff. Also maybe that PCMCIA support is now limited.

    Let me know what you find and I'll let you know if the latest Slackware linux works after it downloads.

    Thanks!,
    Trev
     
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    Somewhere I saw where pc (pcmcia) was no longer important or something.

    So no serial port.
    No parallel port.
    No pc (pcmia) port.

    This is progress.

    I can still tune radios with CF-27 (DOS) and 29-31 (W7)

    Tablets are worthless for this stuff.

    Small vent there. :)

    Jeff
     
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    I feel the same way! ;)

    Trev
     
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    Just FYI, Slackware 14 did not work either, just the lower slot. Slackware 14.2 came out in 2016, so this may have been an issue for some time.

    Trev
     
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    Also downloaded and tried Devaun linux as it's based on Debian Jessie which uses a version 3.16 kernel - same thing - top slot does not work, so if it is a kernel issue, it existed at least that far back, and it positively worked with kernel 2.6 and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

    It's a strange issue, because if they were not supporting PCMCIA any longer, I would expect that neither slot would work, and to make matters even stranger, both slots work in the older MK2 CF-29. Anyway, I'm hitting the sack for tonight. It's my Friday, so I'll hit it again when I get up.

    Trev
     
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    Just for info, the PCMCIA on the card might be a issue here or a bent pin in the slot though maybe not

    Just pulled out a CF-29 MK4 and had Linux Puppy on it, and just saw on both top and bottom one have no damage (pins bent no pins just not there). So maybe check that? I’m 77.12% sure it will work. The other maybe not. However Swan might be able to check. Sold a MK2 to him and maybe a MK2 is laying around? But do check from him. @sswan28.
     
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