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Old 09-24-2006, 11:20 AM   #1
Tobywuk
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Installing Drivers on Linux - For dummys (me lol)


Im new to linux, and im running ubuntu.

Im having trouble understanding how to install new devices and there drivers. How do i go about installing new drivers?

An exaple of this is for my USB wireless network, pen drive type device. On the driver disk there is a subfolder, in the drivers directory names "linux". Iv copyed these on to my linux computer, but have no clue what to do with the files now? When i click on them, it just opens them up some sort of editor, with lots of code.

If anyone could help, i would be very greatfull

Thank you!, Toby
 
Old 09-24-2006, 11:44 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Tobywuk
Im new to linux, and im running ubuntu.

Im having trouble understanding how to install new devices and there drivers. How do i go about installing new drivers?

An exaple of this is for my USB wireless network, pen drive type device. On the driver disk there is a subfolder, in the drivers directory names "linux". Iv copyed these on to my linux computer, but have no clue what to do with the files now? When i click on them, it just opens them up some sort of editor, with lots of code.

If anyone could help, i would be very greatfull

Thank you!, Toby
You are using Ubuntu, so have you checked out the distributions>ubuntu forum ? Or googled for Ubuntu forums (theres lots of stuff about installing packages of various types there)?

Or, check out (google) info about adding repositories/mirrors to your /etc/apt/sources.list so that either apt or a graphical installer will see whats available.

You should have adept installed by default for graphical installation, though I didn't like it, so you can easily add synaptic
Code:
sudo apt-get install synaptic
in a terminal window. Then logout and in again and it should be in the menu as well.

If the drivers are available from the mirrors, then thats by far, the most sensible/easiest way of installing them. If you happen to find a driver for whatever that wasn't listed in the package manager (whether graphical or via CLI), once it's downloaded you'd have to install it with dpkg (I think it's called). I can't recall what the structure of the command is, sorry, that'll be another trip to google/ubuntu forums/LQ.

You might even try right clicking on the package and seeing if theres and install option listed.

regards

John
 
Old 09-24-2006, 11:45 AM   #3
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I think you should use the ndiswrapper for this case. You can find several guides for it with little search.

Usually linux kernel has the support for your hardware so you don't need to do anything special to add them. Other cases you need to either patch the kernel or install the drivers as programs.

Note that some hardware just doesn't work with linux.
 
  


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