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I was given a Gateway Solo 1150 in return for setting up a linux server for a school. While old, it's a good machine, and I've run Knoppix, Mandrake Move on it and it's worked well. I presently have Whitebox Linux (basically RedHat Enterprise Linux 3) running on it.
My problem is getting a network card to run on it.
My problem, and this may be a redhat issue, is that the drivers for these older pcmcia cards are not there. I can look and find the right place where the modules SHOULD be, and find the file name, but only the .c (source file).
No compiled modules. Is there a way to compile the module without having to recompile the entire kernel? I don't want to have a custom kernel, as I'd need to recompile after every source code update.
Can anyone help? I tried to purchase a newer card, but the design of the pcmcia slot on the solo 1150 is stupid, the classic "sweeping curves" literally prevented me from pushing the newer card in, as it had a wide end attachment to plug the ethernet cable into.
I don't want to throw the laptop away, for what I want, it's perfect, but I really need to at least get an ethernet connection going.