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 From:  Fred Weston <fred dot weston at daytonawan dot com>
 To:  Jim Gifford <jim at giffords dot net>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Initializing PC cards... failed (probably no PC card controller present)
 Date:  Fri, 19 Mar 2004 14:12:52 -0500
Jim Gifford wrote:

>On Fri, Mar 19, 2004 at 10:25:22AM -0500, Daniel Ribelin wrote:
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>>I have a 4501 Soekris box, and the link lights do not come on. I looked in
>>the dmesg and see this
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>>Initializing PC cards... failed (probably no PC card controller present)
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>A net4501 doesn't have PCMCIA slots, so this is normal.
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>>So it seems that there is some sort of issue - do I need to purchase some
>>hardware to make this work?
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>No, a net4501 should "just work" with m0n0wall.  In fact, that's the
>platform m0n0wall was first developed for.
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>As for not having link light, that sounds like either a cabling issue or
>a problem with the connection at the other end.  Have you tried using
>crossover cables?  A different switch?  non-crossover cables?  A soekris
>is wired as a host, not as a hub/switch.  As such, to connect it to a
>host, you need a crossover cable.  To connect it to a hub or switch, a
>normal cable should do.
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>Even without an OS (ie, just let the soekris come to the "bios" prompt
>and hit ctrl-p to sit at the prompt), you should be able to test each
>port for link.
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>Oh yeah, make sure you have enough power going to the soekris.  If none
>of the above helps, you might want to ask on the soekris-tech mailing
>list, or contact soekris directly for tech support on the hardware.
>
>Good luck,
>jim
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Try a longer cable if none of that works :-)