[conspire] HELP - Can't Get Ethernet Card Working in Debian on Laptop

Daniel Gimpelevich daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Fri Feb 17 14:25:55 PST 2006

After reading Rick's two most recent posts to the conspire list, I have  
come to the conclusion that you sent this e-mail to me directly only  
because you made failed attempts to send it to the list, so I am CCing  
the list in my reply.

You're right, they don't have that model in the scrolling list, but  
this appears to be a simple oversight, because lower on the same page,  
they have a link labeled "DynaBook SS DS60P/1N8M" with a footnote  
saying that you do not need the update if you already have a version  
after V1.3P, even though the version they have for download is 1.40:


Here is the spec sheet in English for your model:


Here is a translated report of an installation of Mandrake on your  
exact model:


Here is a report of SuSE 8.2 on the similar model you mentioned:


After you update the BIOS, here is a page that may help get CardBus  


original page:


Based on the following thread, I'd say it may be necessary for you to  
use an Andrew Morton kernel:


Proper support for the ToPIC CardBus chipsets, such as the one in your  
computer, appears to be brand-new, and little information is available  
on it. I and others on this list may be of much use to you in making  
use of the information that is available, but for now, here are the  
Babelfished BIOS update intructions:

BIOS update procedure (procedure C)
* Note
The case where BIOS is updated, please go when all PC cards are  
removed. [Appears to mean that you must not have any cards inserted  
during the update process. -DG]
When the machine becomes configuration of resumption, please cancel.  
[Not sure, but the original sentence begins with: "(katakana for  
'machine') ga (katakana for 'resume') no (kanji for 'configuration')"  
POWER please cancel ON PASSWORD. [Appears to mean that you must turn  
off "POWER ON PASSWORD" beforehand. -DG]
As for the update job of BIOS, please use the USB connected floppy disk  
device. [Self-explanatory. -DG]
As for the update job of BIOS, please go when by all means the AC  
adapter is connected. [You must be running off AC power. -DG]
BIOS while (in the midst of the access lamp illumination of FDD)  
updating, please do not pull out the power source OFF and the floppy  
disk of the machine. [Self-explanatory. -DG]
* Verification of BIOS version
1  While pushing "the Esc" key, you turn on power.
The "Check system. Then press [ F1 ] key" and after the displaying, [  
F1 ] the key is pushed.
2  Please verify the version "of BIOS version=xx" with respect to the  
picture right.
As for BIOS update object version procedure 3. to please advance.  
[Refers to step 3 below. -DG]
When it is not the object, [ ESC ] pushing the key, it ends.
3  "USB-FDD Legacy Emulation" "of PERIPHERAL" configuration entry of  
the same picture is modified in Enabled. [Turn that on. -DG]
It modifies in Enabled, it moves to the entry which we would like to  
modify with the arrow key, modifies with "the space" key.
In order to make the contents which it modifies effective, [ Fn ] + [  
End ] after pushing the key, [ Y ] the key is pushed.
(After BIOS update, please reset "USB-FDD Legacy Emulation" to  
* BIOS update procedure
1  From the summary which module of the corresponding type it is  
downloaded is displayed, please download the module of the  
corresponding type.
Other than the corresponding type being not to be able to use, in order  
the ぐ れ not to make a mistake, please give and note. [I told you this  
in my first message. -DG]
2 BIOS the creation USB floppy disk device of the update floppy disk is  
connected to the personal computer, the floppy disk of the format being  
completed in A drive after the inserting, the file which is downloaded  
is run from the explorer et. al..
Ahead depressing directory "a: The ¥ "you verify that it is displayed,  
click [ OK ].
Two modules are depressed in the floppy disk.
In this case, please cancel the write protection of the floppy disk.
3  Shutdown (the end of Windows) shutting down, it turns off the power  
of PC.
Continuing being to update BIOS, the floppy disk inserted it leaves.
(Please be sure to do shutdown processing. The high spring -, it cannot  
update BIOS normally in Shaun and from suspended state)
4. [ half/while the power source ON [ half/all ] key of way and PC  
which push all the ] keys is pushed, the power of PC is turned on. [I'm  
guessing this means to turn the machine on while holding the "半/全" key,  
wherever that is. -DG]
"Ready for BIOS update. Place the BIOS update diskette in the drive,  
and press any key when ready to proceed. "Message is displayed and the  
update of BIOS starts.
(Please do not pull out the floppy disk and the AC adapter midway)
5  Being to restart automatically, when the update of BIOS which  
fetches the floppy disk ends "ROM Write Successful! "Message to be  
displayed, because recovery it is moved automatically, please fetch the  
floppy disk.
* Inquiry window
Concerning technical question and the inquiry, the Toshiba PC dial
TEL: 0570-00-3100 Nabi dial nationwide common telephone number
Office Hours: Weekday 9:00~18:00 Earth day 9:00~17:30
(Holiday, 12/31~1/3 you exclude)
When you cannot connect to the above-mentioned telephone number by the  
portable telephone and the like, TEL: We can inquire even with  
"Consider that two wrongs never make a right, but that three do."
                                                       --National Lampoon

On Feb 17, 2006, at 12:25 PM, Mark Srebnik wrote:

> Thanks for your help, Daniel!
> On the back of my laptop it says:
> 'Toshiba Dynabook SS DS60P/1N8M
> PA-SS60P1M8M
> Also, says below that:
> Model Name: Portege 3480 DS60P/1N8M
> Model No. PP348J-44T83
> Unfortunately, on that Japanese website they list several variants of  
> the 'DS60P' series, but not the '1N8M'....there's only a '1N8L' and a  
> '1N8T' type listed....
> Appreciate the help!
> Mark
> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Daniel Gimpelevich <daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us>
>> Sent: Feb 17, 2006 10:24 AM
>> To: conspire at linuxmafia.com
>> Subject: Re: [conspire] HELP - Can't Get Ethernet Card Working in  
>> Debian	on	Laptop
>> On Thu, 16 Feb 2006 20:45:38 -0800, Mark Srebnik wrote:
>>> linux pci=off
>>> Then installer would get past this point and go onto next steps.  
>>> Everything
>>> was OK until the step for configuring my ethernet card; a D-Link  
>>> DFE-690TXD.
>>> I tried selecting different cards (chipsets?) listed but not of them  
>>> were
>>> recognized by installer.
>> Adding "pci=off" disables the use of any cards at all, so there would  
>> be
>> no cards available to Linux for the installer to recognize. The  
>> driver you
>> would most likely use for that card is called "8139too" in Linux. You  
>> must
>> first get the CardBus controller working. You did not specify which  
>> exact
>> model of Dynabook SS you have, but here's a page for Debian on the
>> Dynabook SS SX:
>> http://glozer.net/dynabook/dynabook.html
>> Here is a page for RedHat 7 on the Portege 3480CT:
>> http://web.archive.org/web/20021212222819/baldwin.goldbell.org/ 
>> portege/3480.html
>> Toshiba Japan also has a Linux website. Here is the front page in  
>> English:
>> http://linux.toshiba-dme.co.jp/linux/index.htm
>> The first thing I would recommend with this problem is to upgrade the
>> BIOS. The file you need depends on the exact model you have. Make  
>> sure you
>> don't install a BIOS for a different model. See whether your model is
>> listed in the scrolling list at the top of this Japanese-language  
>> page:
>> http://dynabook.com/assistpc/download/33pccard/index_j.htm
>> If it is, you can download the newer BIOS from there, after agreeing  
>> to a
>> EULA in Japanese. In any case, report back your exact model number,  
>> and I
>> will locate the right BIOS for it, and perhaps other Linux-specific
>> information. You may need special kernel arguments, non-default  
>> drivers,
>> and/or special configuration utilities.
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