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[FC2] PCMCIA network cards starting on boot



I installed FC2 yesterday. Very nice it is too. However, I was somewhat
thrown by my Wi-Fi PCMCIA card failing to start on boot, until after
much searching through the lists I found a post (which I now can't find
again so I can't refer to it) explaining that the solution was to
deselect the "Activate device when computer starts" option in the
network configuration tool, and instead just let the PCMCIA card
services start it. That does indeed do the trick.

However, I wondered what the status of this behaviour is. Is it a bug?
On my system (Dell Inspiron 8200 with Dell badged Intersil Prism 2
802.11b PCMCIA card) selecting "activate device when computer starts"
seemed to completely stop the PCMCIA services from doing anything with
the Prism 2 card at all -- the status light never comes on, and it was
impossible to bring the network interface up manually. If this is not
considered a bug then I believe the part of either Anaconda or Firstboot
which asks you which network interfaces you want started at boot should
be altered so that network interfaces which are on a PCMCIA card are not
listed and some simple explanation of this is displayed. What do others
think?

Best, Darren

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