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I'm totally Linux newb--I'd love to get off Windows....I've had FC5 with the 2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 kernel installed for a couple days and been playing around. I've been having problems installing ndiswrapper and several other things, so I figured I'd upgrade my kernel (downloading a newer version isn't really an option on dialup, and honestly, I hate to reinstall Ubuntu at this point).
I ran uname -rm and got, 2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 i686, so I downloaded kernel-2.6.17-1.2187_FC5.i686.rpm from the fedora repo. Then I ran the following
sudo rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.17-1.2187_FC5.i686.rpm
It hashed out 100% of Preparing, and 1:kernel and then it hung. I left it overnight just in case it was thinking. When I came back 10 hours later, it was at the same spot, so I hit ctrl+c. It exited with the following error:
error: %post(kernel-2.6.17-1.2187_FC5.i686) scriptlet failed, signal 2
So I figure it didn't install. But just to be sure, I reboot. It definately didn't load itself into grub--I don't have an option to boot into it. But if I try to install it again, it says it's already installed, and sure enough, when I run
Distribution: Distribution: RHEL 5 with Pieces of this and that.
Kernel 22.214.171.124, KDE 3.5.8 and KDE 4.0 beta, Plu
Run the command ' rpm -qa | grep kernel ' to see what packages are installed.
Have you setup sudo?
If not ' su - ' as root and run the command without sudo and see what it does.
Now for ndiswrapper to install from source you will need the kernel-devel rpm that matches the kernel you are trying to install.
You can find an rpm of the ndiswrapper that should match your from here. http://www.atrpms.net/ and will not require you to have the kernel-devel installed.
If you upgrade the kernel you need to find a new rpm ndiswrapper for matching kernel or install the kernel-devel that matches the kernel version and build from source.
No, you need not remove the new kernel before using --force
The idea of using the force option is to force the OS to reinstall kernel, without the force option it will simply terminate the install process with a msg that pkg is already installed
as far as wireless goes, what's the consensus nowadays: ndiswrapper or the bcm43xx driver? I've gotten the bcm43xx driver to turn the light on my wireless on (it's a Broadcom in an Acer laptop), but I can't get it to find the AP that I know is there (I heard rumors that the driver in the newer kernel is a bit better). Any advice about which one to pursue?