I've sent a couple of msgs to this group asking for help getting this
pc card installed on my computer, and I just wanted to say thank you
to all who helped me out. It was a long and frustrating 3 weeks but;
I DID IT!!!! ;-)
And now I would like to pass on a few things I learned during my
ordeal so some other poor newbie doesn't have to go through the same
thing. I'm running a Dell Insiron 7000 with the Mandrake 7.0 distro
dual boot with win98.
1. DO NOT buy this card or anything else from Linksys for that matter.
They claim in their advertising and on the box that they support
Linux. THEY DON'T!!! Just try sending an email to their support ppl
asking a Linux question and see what you get back. They have a one
paragraph Linux support page for this card on their site and it's
So, if you got taken in as I did and you did buy this card here is how
I finally got it to work on my system.
Go into the BIOS and turn OFF the serial ports and the modem ports.
This is the one that got me. I changed them from Auto to Customized
and back again a half a dozen times but I never thought to turn them
Then add the following to /etc/pcmcia/config:
card "Linksys EtherFast LANmodem 56K"
version "Linksys", "EtherFast 10&100 + 56K PC Card (PCMLM56)"
bind "pcnet_cs", "serial_cs"
Reboot the system and from the command line run this script:
for device in /dev/ttyS[0-9]; do clear; echo $device; sleep 2; echo
"ATDT" >> $device; done
This will loop through the ttyS devices. Look for the lights to flash
on the modem side of the card and note which ttyS device it was on
when they did flash.
This script is only supposed to allow the user to figure out which
serial port the card is using but in my case KPPP could not connect to
the modem until after I ran it. I would get "Sorry, Modem is busy"
when I would query the modem but as soon as I ran this script KPPP
found my modem and and I had no more problems with it.
By the way ignore the part on the Linksys page were it says you must
recompile the kernel. As long as your distro comes with PCMCIA
services 3.0.9 or later you don't have to do it.
Well I hope this helps someone, now it's on to configuring the network
and then IP Masquerade and this machine will be set... Only two more
to go and my little home network will be M$ free ;-)