Setting up /etc/pcmcia/config for a new card to be read as memory

file: linux_new_pcmcia.html - 11 Sep 2000

Per linux_cardread.html, put the unknown card into a slot.  If the cardmgr doesn't
recognize the card, you'll get a "sad" beep on the second insert.  At this point,
do a:

   cardctl ident

You should get something like:

   Socket 0:
   product info: "3Com Corporation", "3C589D", "TP/BNC LAN Card Ver. 2a", "000002"
   manfid: 0x0101, 0x0589
   function: 6 (network)
   Socket 1:
   product info: "EDI7P040FLA60---15 ", "COPYRIGHT ELECTRONIC DESIGNS INCORPORATED ", "1998"
   manfid: 0x01f6, 0x0000

The card in Socket 1 is not recognized by the cardmgr because it has no
entry in /etc/pcmcia/config.  It's a custom FLASH card that's Intel 
compatible.  Here's how to add it, using the info from the "cardctl ident" 
command above:

1> Make a backup of the original /etc/pcmcia/config.

2> Edit /etc/pcmcia/config and add the following lines in the "Memory Cards"

card "EDI Intel-Compatible 40MB Flash"
  version "EDI7P040FLA60---15 "
  bind "memory_cs"

   Note that the string in the card line is an arbtrary title - it's what
   will appear in the /var/run/stab file.  The version line is the EXACT 
   string (note the space between the 5 and the ") in the first position
   of the "product info:" output from the "cardctl ident" command.  The 
   bind line associates a driver (we want the generic memory card driver)
   with the card identified by the version line.

3> After saving the /etc/pcmcia/config file, restart the cardmgr so it
   will re-read the config file:

   killall -HUP cardmgr

4> Hopefully you heard a bunch of "happy" you should be able
   to access the card via /dev/mem0c0c per linux_cardread.html

NOTE 1: This method allows READ-ONLY access to the card.

NOTE 2: The above method will work in general for READ-ONLY access to any PCMCIA card as a raw memory device. Many Intel FLASH cards are already included in /etc/pcmcia/config, but the EDI Intel-compatible cards used in the LOGR53 and VMCM2 are custom made, unique cards.