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Section - 3.3.8.5 PCMCIA supported under OS/2?

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Check out:"http://godzilla.eecs.berkeley.edu/os2/pharmacy/aero.html" for the
official word on the subject. 

[A] I have not tested to run Warp (and it's not officially supported) but there
is a Rompaq to be able to install it and there is also VLSI PCMCIA drivers
available from IBM (both for 2.11 and Warp). Take a look at
ftp://ftp.europe.ibm.com/psmemea/os2drivers/pcmcia/ It says it's for Elite but
as I understand it the important thing is that it is for VLSI.

[A] I'm using Warp with the "Compaq Concerta" pcmcia drivers. It seems to work
but my understanding is that the Concerta uses the Cirrus chip, and the Aero
and Elite both use the VLSI chip.

[A] If anybody is interested ... I know some people are (there must be! grin)
the URL ftp://ftp.europe.ibm.com/psmea/pcmcia contains:

     sp1073.zip - A version of the BIOS that allows OS/2 to access the floppy
     drive (if it's inserted at bootup)
     cvlsi3.zip - A socket services driver for the Compaq LTE that uses the
     same chipset as the Aero, and will allow you to use PCMCIA cards with full
     plug and play support under OS/2

Unfortunately if you install both the floppy drive driver (ibm1flpy.add) and
the socket services driver (ssvlsi.sys) at the same time, the socket services
driver clobbers the floppy driver and you can't access the floppy drive. At
least we now have the option of using the floppy drive and the PCMCIA port now!

NB: *.sys basedev's are loaded before *.add basedevs, I tried renaming
ibm1flpy.add to ibm1flpy.sys and loading it before the socket services driver
and it still clobbered it.

I haven't tested the PCMCIA port, because I don't have any supported PCMCIA
devices other than my network card (Accton - if anybody knows of OS/2 drivers
then please tell me!) and my floppy card; but both are noted as being
inserted/removed and the OEM id's are displayed, so I assume that if you have a
standard PCMCIA modem or other device it will work; check the above URL for
drivers for SCSI & other widgets ...

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