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I've looked at many, many posts tonight -- finally decided to post my own. I'm new to trying to run my own Linux at home and am hoping someone can help me!
I started out tonight by upgrading from RH 7.3 to RH 9 (2.4.20-28.7) -- and now I'm not sure that I made the right decision, especially since I've read tonight that they won't be supporting it for much longer. Note: I installed directly from the iso files that I downloaded, since it was getting frustrating burning them to CDs and then finding that the CDs didn't pass the error tests (the isos all did).
1) For starters, my mouse wheel used to work in RH 7.3 and now I can't get it to work no matter what mouse I choose in the system settings. I've looked at some posts on the matter and nothing seems to be working for me. The rest of the mouse works fine, but the wheel doesn't. I can live with it, but of course I'd rather fix it...
2) Also, my sound card doesn't work. I just bought a Dell "server" with an 875P chipset and an Intel Corp. 82801EB AC'97 Audio (rev 02) integrated soundcard. sndconfig doesn't support it.
#2 is actually the reason I decided to upgrade -- Dell's software support CD comes with an alsa rpm, presumably for this sound card, but when I try to install it it gives me a failed dependency and says that "kernel-source is needed by dell-alsa-0.9.0rc6-1.1". Since the Dell could have come pre-installed with RH9 for an additional fee which I didn't pay for, I figured it might work to upgrade to that. But, no.
Anyway, on RH 7.3 I had synaptic/apt up and running, working beautifully. When I try it in RH 9?
"error while loading shared libraries: librpm-4.0.4.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"
Help? Is there something really wrong with my kernel? I'm in KDE and when I go to the control center and try to look at the Linux Kernel, it tells me that it can't find it. That doesn't make any sense, right? But the folder it's looking for, /usr/src/linux-2.4/ is not there, and I don't know how to find it.
I feel so silly saying that I don't know where the kernel is, but um, there you go. Could this be the cause of my problems?
Thanks for reading this -- I would really appreciate the help.
You usually find the kernel-source and development libraries on the 3rd CD. During the install there should have been a "Development" option (or something similar). Most hardware drivers need the kernel-source and some development libraries to install.