Ubuntu (Dapper), IBM T30 and "unauthorized network card"

Michael R. Head burner at suppressingfire.org
Tue Sep 12 21:53:59 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-09-12 at 16:23 +1000, Karl Auer wrote:
> Hi there.
> I just installed Dapper 6.06.1 from scratch on my Thinkpad T30.

I have the same model laptop which had been running 6.06 for a while
(now running Edgy).

> Everything went swimmingly, until I rebooted. On reboot, before even
> GRUB appeared, the laptop beeped twice and this message appeared:
> 1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the
> miniPCI network card

Fortunately, for me, I've never seen this...

> What?!?! The card is the original supplied-with-the-machine card. This
> happened immediately after installing Ubuntu. The whole machine,
> including wireless interface, was working fine immediately before the
> install.

Was it working fine just with Windows, or with any other distributions
of Linux? Did it work fine with the Ubuntu Desktop CD in Live CD mode?

> Looking around on the web shows several ways to get around this problem,
> but none are simple (except, obviously, removing the miniPCI card).
> Just in case it was some kind of weird internal state, I powered the
> laptop off and removed the battery for five minutes before trying
> another boot. Nope, same message.

Another thing might be to go into the laptop's BIOS (press F1 when the
IBM logo comes up) and diddle with the security settings.

> So two big questions:
> - has any one seen this happen before with Ubuntu?
> - are there any straightforward solutions?

Again, I haven't seen it, but I'm hopeful we can find a solution!

> And obviously if this WAS caused by the Dapper install (some kind of
> hardware probe perhaps?), it needs to be fixed pronto!

Good luck,

> regards, K.
> -- 
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)                   +61-2-64957160 (h)
> http://www.biplane.com.au/~kauer/                  +61-428-957160 (mob)
Michael R. Head <burner at suppressingfire.org>
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