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Old 05-05-2004, 01:50 AM   #1
n0irsmurf
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such a n00b


Hi... I am really new to Linux, and I just installed Mandrake 10... and my wifi card doesn't work with Linux I believe... I have a netgear 802.11a HA501 and I think I found a site taht would help me.. but I was told I need to recompile kernel... uh.. how do I even access the kernel...? and if you can even help me with my problem.. I greatly thank you... I also want to use this for wardriving...
 
Old 05-05-2004, 01:54 AM   #2
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In teh /usr/src/linux is where it is in gentoo and to get the menuconfig for the kernel type "make menuconfig" and it probably should be under device drivers for net drivers, Also Not sure if this all works on mandrake. Als to make teh kernel type "make dep && make bzImage modules modules_install" if ur using the 2.4.x kernel else for 2.6.x try "make && make modules_install" then copy teh bzImage file to /boot make sure its mounted and also edit your grub.conf file or if ur using lilo use lilo.conf and then hopefully that works also if i left out anything sorry *tired*

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Old 05-05-2004, 04:08 AM   #3
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Compiling a kernel is.. is... lol.. well in programming you create your source code, right ?? once you got the source you need to translate that to machine code. This translation is what is called 'to compile'

You dont really access the kernel per say, not in this context. What you need to do first is to aquire the source code.

How to get it? well, there are many different ways. One is using apt-get, gentoo I think has it own way to install new aplications/packages.

Once you installed the souce files (can be found in /usr/src) you need to uncompress them first.

After you have done that, find a nice totorial/how-to, google for 'compile kernel gentoo' or something alike.

You need to configure the new to-be-compiled kernel... then compile.. then install.

What is the kernel you might ask? the kernel it like the most important pice of code in the operating sytem, is what 'command.com' was for MSDOS (not exactly.. but in lame terms)

[edit] some typos.

When you configure the kernel-to-be-compiled, is when you need to select the specific hardware support you need.

Btw, me as the noob I am... took me 26 attempts before I got a nice kernel working with ALL my hardware. But most people are not this dumb.

Last edited by Qucho; 05-05-2004 at 04:16 AM.
 
Old 05-05-2004, 04:56 PM   #4
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my advice would be to read lots of the tutorials that u can find on the site and also via www.google.com
u can find all the things u need to know and more....nothing is ever easy at first u just have to stick with it and do your homework first.
 
Old 05-05-2004, 11:21 PM   #5
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You guys have no idea how big of a n00b I am to Linux.. I know nothing what so ever because I just resently got into it...

I have worked with knoppix and std before.. but this is way different. Only thing that occupies me is frozen bubble because I love that game.

I know the site google.. honestly... I have never been good at looking stuff up.

I think I found some drivers for my card now but it says I need to compile something or another.. I don't know.. ohwell.
 
Old 05-06-2004, 02:42 AM   #6
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Im me on aim if you want help its: mr pr0g3r
 
  


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