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Old 08-24-2004, 05:34 PM   #1
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Question Install multiple drivers at boot:??


Is it possible to specify multiple drivers at the "boot:" prompt when installing a new Linux OS?
 
Old 08-24-2004, 05:36 PM   #2
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please provide more details... what distribution for a start!
 
Old 08-24-2004, 05:43 PM   #3
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Both RH 7.3 and CentOS 3.1. Thanks!
 
Old 08-24-2004, 06:02 PM   #4
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You'll have to be a bit clearer as to what you actually want to do.
 
Old 08-24-2004, 06:16 PM   #5
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In RH 7.3 I type "linux dd" at the boot prompt and get fwd'ed to a screen that asks if I have a driver disk. I insert the driver disk for my onboard Promise controller and it goes.

But then I need to install the drivers for both my onboard NIC's. It seems to just begin the install after the first driver is loaded. And I don't know how to install NIC drivers once the OS is installed. Thanks!
 
Old 08-24-2004, 06:31 PM   #6
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RH 7.3 is kinda old. You'd find a current distro would probably have the drivers included in the kernel. The nic's would just need to load modules, but may need compiling, but we're talking a 2 or 3 year old kernel here...

But you can set up the other nic after install, upgrade the kernel, whatever. It doesn't have to be done at boot time.
 
Old 08-24-2004, 06:44 PM   #7
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Thanks.

I have installed the OS. I have copied the *.tar.gz driver files to a folder. How do I install the drivers now?
 
Old 08-24-2004, 06:53 PM   #8
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I would unzip the tar.gx files with tar xfvz name-of-file.tar.gz

and then cd to the drectory created and read the README for a start...

Are these for the nic's? What Nic's are you using as linux usually has good support for them - or are they wireless or something?
 
Old 08-24-2004, 07:01 PM   #9
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They are onboard ethernet. This is the board:

http://www.intel.com/design/servers/s875wp1-e/

I think I can use the generic e100 and e1000 but I cannot install them.
 
Old 08-24-2004, 07:20 PM   #10
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I have to leave just now, but you could try some of the modules included with the distro... Or maybe someone else will drop in to help. Good luck!
 
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thanks amosf!
 
  


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