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I'm running debian and still learning to find my way around Linux and how to OS works but I haven't been able to figure out and understand how Linux works with drivers. Some devices work out of the box and others don't. I've read post where people explain how to install the drivers for the device but I still don't quite understand how it works.
I've read that you that Linux comes with built in drivers that works for the most common hardware. I can check what hardware is on my motherboard by using the command "lspci", that if your device is recognized in this list that all you have to do is activate it to load into the kernel at startup. If it is not listed you have to install the driver into the system: by installing the driver from the source package(rpm/deb) or you can build de driver from a a tar file. After doing this I have to upload the driver into the kernel so that when I boot my system it wil start up. This is my understanding of how it works, but when trying to get one of my own devices(example: wireless card for laptop or usb headset) to work I can't seem to figure out how this works. I would appreciate it if someone could help me understand how this works cuz once I understand this I have no reason to keep dual booting with windows than windows is history for me.
Debian drivers(modules) load automatically, providing that they are available on normal install.
When you install debian if you choose non-free drivers, it will make them available thru package manager if they are not proprietary(I think). On most of my machines atleast the newer ones drivers were readily available.
The debian installation guide is available in synaptic.
I think route 2038 also
This is what my source looks like.
Also output of lspci.
thanks I will try it this evening because I'm not behind my own pc now
btw now that I see your /etc/apt/sources.list file I see that yours is the same as mine except I'm not running squeeze just lenny. Have all the default sources listed there no "non-free drivers" are listed there.
Last edited by feedmebits; 01-13-2011 at 04:13 AM.