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Old 12-16-2005, 08:10 AM   #1
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Question Driver installation


I am completely new to Linux. I installed Ubuntu "Breezy" two nights ago onto an older system I have. I need to install drivers for my wireless adapter. I found a "native driver" but have no idea how to install it. I am looking forward to learning all of this, and consider myself pretty computer savvy, but don't understand half of what I am reading about Linux. The tar file I downloaded contained a readme, but when I double-clicked it, it asked if I wanted to display or run the file. I chose display, but couldn't understand what I was reading. Please help. Thanks
 
Old 12-16-2005, 08:16 AM   #2
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Can you give more info on the brand of your wifi card? Try this command and report the output

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/sbin/lspci -vv
Try that as root. This is assuming you have a PCI adapter.
 
Old 12-16-2005, 09:04 AM   #3
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Sorry, It's a D-Link DWL-G122 USB adapter. I found info on making it work, but here's how Linux dumb I am at this point. Where do I go to type in all of these commands? (Man I hate asking really dumb questions.) The info I found on installing it tells me all of these things to type in, but I don't know where to go to do that.

The driver they call a "Native Linux Driver" for this is RT73STAV1000_K2.6.13_FC3.tar.gz

I untarred or unzipped this to find the readme I mentioned before, but again, didn't know where to type the commands they were talking about.
 
Old 12-16-2005, 09:11 AM   #4
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you have to type those commands in the terminal window (aka command-line or console). If you are using default GNOME or KDE, look for a black-tv/monitor like icon. If you hover over the icons, it might say terminal or konsole. It is also recommended that you include info on the distro you are using and what desktop environment you are using. This way people with similar environment as yours can give you an exact answer.

Tux,
 
Old 12-16-2005, 09:27 AM   #5
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That will help. Thanks. I added my distro to my signature. As far as desktop, I haven't changed anything since install so do I need to specify something else?
 
Old 12-16-2005, 09:56 AM   #6
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As far as desktop, I haven't changed anything since install so do I need to specify something else?
Not really as long as you are using default environment that comes with Ubuntu...which is GNOME.
 
Old 12-16-2005, 12:12 PM   #7
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Sounds like a nice system you're running. I added my current linux specs, but once I get the hang of this OS, I'll be switching my main system over. Thanks for your help. I'll be playing around with it tonight so I'll let you know if I get it working.
 
Old 12-17-2005, 09:51 AM   #8
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Ok, So I found the command prompt (i.e. Terminal), but I need to get unto usr/src. I have typed in cd usr/src to try to get there, but it tells me the directory does not exist. I tried this both from the Home directory (Shell?) and from the Root directory (Shell?). I get the same thing with either. If I go to the file browser, I can see that both of these directories do exist (Not under root, but under "File System". So how do I get there through the terminal so that I can run the commands that the instructions I have tell me to run them in? (I have an older book on Redhat, will any of the info in that book be of help? I figured it'd be quicker to just ask. Thanks

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Old 12-17-2005, 10:02 AM   #9
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Nevermind, I tried it again from the Home directory and typed it correctly (cd /usr/src) and it worked. Duh.
 
  


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