Right. First, I installed my first Linux OS a few hours ago (well I've been trying for a day or so but it WORKED the first time a couple of hours ago).
Distribution: Fedora Core 1 (perhaps not the best choice, whatever).
So the first thing you do when you boot up is test the internet right? Well it didn't work of course, I hadn't installed drivers or configured anything. I detail some stuff that I've tried below, but basically the question is:
how do I get the interweb to work on my computer? What are the basic steps I need to do in order to get my ethernet connection working?
I really have no clue.
I'm guessing I'm going about this in a fundamentally wrong manner...
If anyone wants to answer the question, more info about my computer is probably needed, so ask (don't know what you need).
.... I know NOTHING
Anyway, thanks for any help offered.
Motherboard ASUS A7N8X nforce2
cpu AMD Athlon XP 2400
hdd WD 80 gig
RAM 512 megs PC 3200
video geforce4 TI4200
sound audigy 2 zs
Here's what I've done (possibly a waste of typing...)
First I used "configure internet" in the system tools folder.... picked the right card (3com90x) and it gave me a "device does not seem to be present" error when I tried to activate it. I've seen this error on linuxquestions.org... but with a more specific problem unfortunately. So what do I need? Install the driver maybe?
So I pop in my motherboard CD and finally figure out where the Linux install is for a 3Com90x (or 59x, not sure) driver. It said to change modules.conf to include an alias line... did that.
then tried to install the driver by various methods such as ./compile_UP which was supposed to be the next step.
->gave me errors about 'cc' not liking me.
After rants and black looks, I figured out with the help of someone else's post that I needed to install gcc (wow so simple... no c compiler) as I hadn't gone into the advanced install options when I installed Fedora.
OK, so installed that.
Then try the ./compile_UP again, and there are so many errors the Terminal can't show them all (when you scroll up). Some appear to be related to the fact that gcc uses newer commands than those in compile_UP.
Then looked at another post and saw that Nvidia puts out drivers related to my needs... the nvnet thing. Nothing ventured nothing gained. So downloaded the .tsomething that you extract since it didn't have a specific driver (rpm??) for Fedora. Unzipped that, and tried to "make" it. Again way too many errors to fit in the terminal...although there were a lot of "dereferencing pointer to incomplete type" errors at the end. Then the readme calls for a "make install" so I figured why not and tried that, and got:
install: cannot stat 'nvnet.o": No such file or directory
make: ***[install] Error 1
make: Leaving directory /bunchofstuff/nforce/nvnet
make:***[nvnet_install] Error 2
Which I probably got because of the first failed make. So basically I have a modified modules.conf and nothing else to show for the effort. What's the first step? Does anyone else have the same motherboard and distribution? What did you do?