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Old 09-08-2008, 01:46 AM   #1
teonik
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installing a video driver from the *.gz file under console, Slackware 12.1


Hi everybody. I'm completely new to Linux and having troubles running X server under Slackware 12.1. It's likely that Slack has problems understanding my graphics card (Trident Cyberbalde Ai1 on a Toshiba laptop).
I've found some trident driver for Linux that might help, but it has a *.gz format (binary file starting with .ELF symbols), so installpkg doesn't like it. What can I do to get it installed?
Thanks for the help
 
Old 09-08-2008, 10:03 AM   #2
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Hi everybody. I'm completely new to Linux and having troubles running X server under Slackware 12.1. It's likely that Slack has problems understanding my graphics card (Trident Cyberbalde Ai1 on a Toshiba laptop).
I've found some trident driver for Linux that might help, but it has a *.gz format (binary file starting with .ELF symbols), so installpkg doesn't like it. What can I do to get it installed?
Thanks for the help
Check wherever it was you downloaded that .gz file from, it probably has installation instructions as well.

The .gz is a GZIP'ped file...is the file name <some file name>.tar.gz? Or is it .tgz?

If it's just a gzip (.gz) file, I would first make a temporary directory, and move that file into it, just in case it doesn't build a directory structure. Then, just type in "gzip -d <name of file>.gz". It will decompress everything, and chances are, there will be a document directory, install or readme file out there, telling you how to install it.

If it's a .tar.gz, you can type in "tar xvfz <filename>.tar.gz", and it will un-gzip it, and untar it in one step.
 
  


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