how to unmount pcmcia-device?

Henk Postma henkpm at
Fri Jun 9 20:08:41 UTC 2006

Hi Tobias,

On 6/9/06, Tobias Baldauf <robin.goodfellow at> wrote:
> I'm having trouble with a PCMCIA-soundcard I use in my laptop. Removing
> it crashes the system in both (K)Ubuntu and M$-Windows. In Windows, the
> OS does not even let remove it, giving out an error-message about being
> unable to remove the device.
> Now, Linux-systems give me more power to do such things - if I'd only
> know how! I don't find any clue on how to unmount such a device in
> (K)ubuntu. Physically removing the card immediately crashes the system -
> like mentioned above.

I suspect (but have no way to confirm) that happens because the sound
system is still connected to it. You could try to stop the sound
daemon. I think it's arts in kubuntu, so try

killall arts

or something to that effect.

If that doesn't work, reboot, choose the recovery mode in grub. Then
after its booted and you are logged in as root, try to take out the
card. Because it's not being talked to, that should be safe to do. If
that crashes the system, I'm out of ideas. If it does not crashes the
system, you know it's not a kernel bug, and you need to find the
service that talks to the device.

hope this gives you some ideas to try

-- Henk


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