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I installed Redhat 7.0 on my Dell Latitude C840. When I boot, it get stuck on the network checking. I read that I need to install new driver for pcmcia. I downloaded the drivers but I dont know where to put them.
It seems that I also need to install first something about the kernel.
Get the latest version of pcmcia_cs (I have it if you email me)
change directories to the kernel sources
Pcmcia support has been INSIDE the kernel since 2.4.3. Compiling pcmcia-cs seperately after putting pcmcia support in the kernel will cause a ton of device conflicts, that's even if pcmcia-cs survives the compile. Niton is also running RH 7.0 which has a version of bin-utils and a gcc that probably won't succesfully compile 2.4.18. It was just about the most worthless release ever.
Before recompiling everything, what's the network card you're trying to get support for?
Cheers man, didn't mean to go all caps there for a minute. Really I was questioning the advice that told him to find a newer driver for the card. A lot of these things get solved by editing one aspect of /etc/pcmcia/config.opts
2.4.18 probably won't compile on RedHat 7.0, your version of bin-utils... gcc, just about everything with that release was a little buggy. Then all of your programs are compiled against 2.2.x, so some of them will flake with a 2.4.x kernel. The series are somewhat worlds apart. Also, you want to avoid the conflict of in kernel pcmcia and pcmcia-cs, so you want the last in the 2.2.x kernel tree which is actually 2.2.21.
Originally posted by niton Is the version 2.4.18 not good ??
just clarification on the 2.2 vs. 2.4 version issue - if you're running 2.2.x, and don't have a specific reason to upgrade to 2.4.x, then don't bother. upgrading from 2.2.x to 2.4.x is a major version upgrade, and requires upgrading more than just the kernel - you need to upgrade all the drivers, modutils, ect... all major version changes break at least some backwards compatability, and upgrading is more effort than it's worth if all you need is the pcmcia.
2.2.x is still considered the most stable linux kernel release, tho 2.4.x is coming very close. the difference is mainly that 2.4 supports more hardware and has more features than 2.2. but, if 2.2 has everything you need, then it's best to stick with it.