[SOLVED] kernel compiliing - howto diminish the number of drivers and modules
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- lspci possibly using -v,
- lsusb the -v option is also available,
- Have a look at the /var/log/dmesg file,
- The manuals that came with your hardware,
- If you are running Debian: Sysinfo (Applications -> System Tools).
Do make sure you have a working kernel to fall back on!
Note: for more information about the new build target "localmodconfig" refer to the 2.6.32 release notes.
Note: There is a companion to localmodconfig called localyesconfig. Running it as a make target will convert all modules in the .config into[*] enabled with the net effect being all modules getting hard-coded into the kernel.
there is a lot of good info on ArchLinux wiki - maybe i should run that distro instead of Ubuntu
After running make localmodconfig run start the menu with make menuconfig, search for your adapter in the network drivers section and enable the driver, then recompile.
I don't have experience with Atheros chips, so that is all I can give as help.