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SubjectRe: Why not PCMCIA built-in and yenta/i82365 as modules
On Wed, 22 Nov 2000, Matti Aarnio wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 21, 2000 at 11:34:45PM +0100, Tobias Ringstrom wrote:
> > The subject says it all. Is there any particular (technical) reason
> > why I must have both the generic pcmcia code and the controller support
> > built-in, or build all of them as modules?
> >
> > /Tobias
>
> Wasn't there some strange laptop model which had PCMCIA floppy/CDROM,
> which are unavailable to bootstrap process, unless PCMCIA is supported
> at the booting kernel ?
>
> Or was it about USB floppy at some other laptop?

Yes and yes. However, you still would need the controller specific code
built-in.

The USB floppy situation is uglier still. When I tried to put Debian on my
VAIO from floppy, I discovered that even with a USB-enabled kernel, the
floppy wasn't available in time to mount /.

Approaches that did work, in case anyone is curious, were using loadlin
with FreeDOS (incredibly slow) to preload the second floppy via BIOS, or
using syslinux and a custom mini-kernel and initrd image crammed onto a
single floppy.

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