4 Slot ISA PCMCIA Adapter

9533 Under Linux (From Peter)

4 Slot PCMCIA Adapter
Switch Settings
Drivers and Utilities
   PCMCIA Drivers for DOS/OS2/Win3.1x
   Using ISA2SLOT
   PCMCIA under W95
Testing the PCMCIA Adapter
Lock / Unlock PCMCIA Cards
Disabling Solenoid Locks


4 Slot PCMCIA Adapter

A PCMCIA adapter with 4 Type 2 slots (2 in the front, 2 in the rear).

PCMCIA controller is an Intel SE82365SL.
Intel(R) discontinued the 82365SL and 82365SL DF in 1995. The rights, tooling and technical data for the 82365SL were given to Rochester Electronics, Inc. (REI).

Switch Positions on PCMCIA Adapter

I have nothing yet on what values correspond to the slot, ROM, or IRQ switch settings. 

From Daniel Basterfield
   I did come across a sideways hint at the purpose of one of the DIP switches on the PCMCIA card, but it's the less exciting of the four. There would appear to be 32KB of flash ROM on the card; this is described as holding the 'socket services code' - I would interpret this as it being firmware to sit between the SS driver API and the hardware of the PCMCIA controllers. It is apparently addressed as two separate 16KB blocks when being (re)programmed; one of the switches has BLK 0 / BLK 1 markings. 


Drivers and Utilities

"Starter" diskette and a "Utility" diskette for model 9533 (PS/2e) contains, amongst other things, management utilities and drivers for the 4-slot PCMCIA adapter that some models shipped with. 

ps2estrt.exe 9533E Starter Diskette v1.0
ps2eutil.exe 9533E Utilities Disk version 1.0

PCMCIA Drivers for DOS/Win3.1x
   These drivers are not as good as with the ones from ISA2SLOT, but the disk does have the Lock/Unlock and Security Manager Utility for OS/2 and Win3.1x

utte131.exe PCMCIA Device Drivers for 9533 
To create a diskette from the uttps131.DSK file: 
- Insert a blank diskette into the A: drive 
- At a DOS prompt type "LOADDSKF uttps131.DSK A:" and press Enter 
- Follow the instructions on the screen 
(Loaddskf.exe is included in the UTTE131.EXE file.) 

Using ISA2SLOT
   I used the Play At Will software that came with the MCA PCMCIA Adapter. If you search the subdirectories, there is all the *.idp files. One is for the IBM 4 slot adapter. Bingo! 
   A problem using the PCMINSTW.EXE (Win 3.1x) program was that it choked trying to rename the system.ini and config.sys files. How to work around that- When it asks to make changes to config.sys (and system.ini) tell it no. Then it will save the changed files as config.pcm and system.pcm in the EZPLAY directory (or wherever you told the install program to put it). 
  Then use File Manager to move the original config.sys and system.ini to your temp directory (safety first) move the *.pcm fles to the correct locations, rename them, dump out of Winblows, reboot, and it should work. Did for me. 

PCMCIA under W95
  After I got through some conceptual difficulties, I got it to work. I chose to install it under Add New Hardware, and I didn't let Win95 autodetect it (Though it works that way, it identifies it as a PCIC or compatible, NOT Intel.) 
   The default choice of I/O 03E0-03E1, IRQ works. Windows will also install Socket Services automatically.You do not need any DOS drivers whatsoever. 
   IF the device you are using is visible under Explorer, but comes up as not ready when you click on it, try reformatting it. This was one of my problems. I could see the PC hard drive, used it to transfer W95 setup files, but it would not respond to Exploiter. Until I reformatted it. 


Testing the PCMCIA Adapter

The PCMCIA adapter acts as a bus from the planar to the option adapters. 

   If the computer has a problem, carefully remove and reseat the riser card, any PC Cards, and the PCMCIA adapter. If, after reseating these boards, you get an 80XX error code, replace the PCMCIA adapter. For any other symptom, continue with the steps below. 

If you suspect a problem with the PCMCIA adapter, do the following. 
   Power-off the computer. 
   Remove all option adapters from the four PCMCIA adapter slots. 
   If you have a PCMCIA wrap plug, insert it into slot one. 
   Insert the PS/2 E Type 9533 Advanced Diagnostics diskette into drive A. 
   Power-on the computer and follow the instructions on the screen. 

If the PCMCIA adapter diagnostic tests find no problem, suspect a PC Card option adapter connected to the PCMCIA adapter. To test the PC Card: 
   Power-off the computer. 
   Insert suspect PC Card into a rear slot. 
   Insert the appropriate PC Card diagnostics diskette into drive A. 
   Power-on  computer and follow the instructions on the screen. 

If the PC Card option adapter diagnostic tests find no problem: 
   Power-off computer and insert PC Card into a front slot. 
   Turn on computer. If PCMCIA adapter diags finds no problem, replace PCMCIA adapter. 
  If a PC Card option fails in front slot but not in a rear slot, replace the PCMCIA adapter. 
  If a PC Card fails in both front and rear slot, replace the PC Card. 

Editor's Note: And just trot right over to your local IBM rep...

Note: Before you replace a PC Card, be sure its application software and any required drivers are installed correctly on the computer. 

Lock/Unlock PCMCIA Cards
    PC Cards can be locked in place for security purposes with the lock mechanism. Any of the four lock mechanisms can be unlocked manually. To unlock a locked mechanism, use a pen or screwdriver (pencil lead is made from graphite, which is a conductor. Keep it away from electrical switches) to press its lock solenoid in the direction of the arrow shown below. (Solenoids 1 and 3 are shown locked. Solenoids 2 and 4 are shown unlocked.) 

Disabling Solenoid Locks
   The Lock/Unlock software does NOT work under W95 or NT. If you don't care about leaving them unlocked, simply remove the solenoid headers from J4 (front two sockets) and J3 (rear two sockets). As this is NOT an MCA system, this does not cause any prompts for the starter disk. 

  I have disconnected both solenoid headers on my e and have no problems under Win95. 

   After some switch twiddling, I had to pull a card out without being able to use the blue buttons (card was locked). Trying to reinsert the card didn't work. I looked real close- when the solenoid is in the locked position, there is a little "finger" that sticks out to retain the PC card. It's on the guide that has the eject buttons.
   If you are curious, open the case and use a small screwdriver to work a solenoid. The finger is toggled with the solenoid. As long as the case is on, it's very hard to get a grip on a card with your fingers (pliers are another story).


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