Can't access KOBIL PCMCIA Card Reader


In order to use the Moneyplex electronic banking software the application needs to access a HBCI chip card which is in a Kobil PCMCIA card reader in a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 under openSuSE 10.3.

Everything work fine on my IBM Thinkpad R51 under SuSE Linux 10.0.

The application cannot access the reader although all settings (access rights, serial_cs) appear to be correct.

Kernel version is

Attached is the output of hwinfo --pcmcia.

Is there a way to test accessing the card reader such as a ping or so?

The software manufacturer and I have tried everything, so far.



30: PCMCIA 00.0: 0000 Unclassified device
[Created at pcmcia.84]
UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pcmcia__1__1
Unique ID: d5r6.UcKd9QU5RvA
Parent ID: 4Ivu.z7LnWK9Y_a5
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:15:00.0/0.0
SysFS BusID: 0.0
Hardware Class: unknown
Model: "KOBIL CT-B1-P"
Hotplug: CardBus
Socket: 0
Vendor: pcmcia 0xa102 "KOBIL"
Device: pcmcia 0x18b1 “CT-B1-P”
Driver: “serial_cs”
Driver Modules: "serial_cs"
Module Alias: “pcmcia:mA102c18B1f02fn00pfn00paC19B816Apb8458DABApcCB3653BDpd3744989C”
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: serial_cs is active
Driver Activation Cmd: “modprobe serial_cs”
Extra Info: KOBIL, CT-B1-P, 00000011, REV1.0
Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #24 (CardBus bridge)

did the working fine IBM Thinkpad R51 under SLED 10.0 also have
(exactly) the KOBIL CT-B1-P reader and use the same version number for
the serial_cs driver?

i guess not…

i guess the IBM R51 and Leveno T61 use slightly different hardware
and maybe SLED 10 and openSUSE 10.3 slightly different drivers…

do not assume if a Chinese car builder started making Lamborghini
lookalikes that they would preform exactly the same as those made in
Sant’Agata Bolognese?

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