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Old 12-24-2003, 10:21 AM   #1
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Winmodem and Kerner Update (does athlon kernel on an xp 2500+ make it faster?)


I've got my winmodem working, but a while ago when I updated from 2.4.20-8 to a special athlon kernel (will that make it any faster?) My winmodem stopped working. I am using pctel-0.9.6 with pct789 and have to specify my modversions.h file (/usr/src/linux-2.4/inlcude/linux/modversions.h) but when I did up2date and updated the kernel, I rebooted and when pctel initialation started (insmod -f pctel and insmod -f ptseial) It said it was comiled for the wrong version. (for 2.4.20-8, but new kernel was 2.4.20-20.9). I tried recompiling it all again but still got the same error. What to do?

If having an athlon specific kernel speeds up my computer any (barton 2500+) then I'd like to do it buy otherwise it isn't that big of a deal.

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Old 12-24-2003, 03:57 PM   #2
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"It said it was comiled for the wrong version. (for 2.4.20-8, but new kernel was 2.4.20-20.9). I tried recompiling it all again but still got the same error. What to do?"

You have to compile it against the source for 2.4.20-20.9. You problably recompiled it against the source for 2.4.20-8 again.

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Old 12-24-2003, 04:46 PM   #3
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ok so when I'm using up2date with rh9 I need to get all 4 of the things for a new kernel, and then it installs it, what then? Will modversions.h be different or in a new place? I really don't want to have to reformat again....I think I can do rpm -e [kernel rpm name] and that should work right?

And will having an athlon specific kernel optimize my computer any?

Thanks.

Also do you know how in evolution mail to get it to open the links in emails I get in Galeon instead of mozilla? [the only deciding factor is being able to drag-scroll. Newer version of mozilla?]

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Old 12-24-2003, 06:04 PM   #4
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"ok so when I'm using up2date with rh9 I need to get all 4 of the things for a new kernel, and then it installs it, what then?"

"Will modversions.h be different or in a new place?"

Your compile looks for your kernel source in /usr/src/linux. I think that you need to have the right version of your kernel source in /usr/src/linux.

"I really don't want to have to reformat again....I think I can do rpm -e [kernel rpm name] and that should work right?"

There are two different kernel rpms, one for the binary and one for the source. Your new kernel binary is all set up and working OK except that it does not have your modem driver compiled into it. You do not need to remove or format anything. You need to install the source code for kernel 2.4.20-20.9 in /usr/src/linux and then compile your driver into kernel 2.4.20-20.9.

"And will having an athlon specific kernel optimize my computer any?"

So they say. I use an athlon specific kernel but I have no way of measuring if it improves anything.


"Also do you know how in evolution mail to get it to open the links in emails I get in Galeon instead of mozilla?"

You change the default action. See Nautilus Help -> Assigning Actions to Files.

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Old 12-24-2003, 06:38 PM   #5
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There are two different kernel rpms, one for the binary and one for the source. Your new kernel binary is all set up and working OK except that it does not have your modem driver compiled into it. You do not need to remove or format anything. You need to install the source code for kernel 2.4.20-20.9 in /usr/src/linux and then compile your driver into kernel 2.4.20-20.9.

Do you know if up2date will install the source for me? If not, I should cd to /usr/src/linux-2.4.20-20.9 and then unpack/rpm it there? After which I'd just recompile the driver, specifying the new kernel includes under the 24..20-20.9? A while ago when I installed just the kernel rpm (I think), There was no include stuff/as many folders as there were in my 2.4.20-8 folder. I guess that is what the source is?

"And will having an athlon specific kernel optimize my computer any?"

So they say. I use an athlon specific kernel but I have no way of measuring if it improves anything.

--Maybe try encoding something like video or a wav to ogg vorbis? After overclocking my barton 2500+ to a 3200+, I was told to encode some video. Then a simple ratio gave me the percentage of improval, which was exactly the ghz percentage increase over the 2500+.

Thanks so much. I'm pretty unedjumicated when it comes to kernel compiling.

And another question (sorry). I am convincing other friends to install linux, and am wondering if I should give them redhat linux 9, although no longer serviced; or fedora, which seems to have more bugs (or so I've heard) with fewer resources from RedHat? Or skip them both and go for suse?
 
Old 12-24-2003, 08:29 PM   #6
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"Do you know if up2date will install the source for me? If not, I should cd to /usr/src/linux-2.4.20-20.9 and then unpack/rpm it there? After which I'd just recompile the driver, specifying the new kernel includes under the 24..20-20.9? A while ago when I installed just the kernel rpm (I think), There was no include stuff/as many folders as there were in my 2.4.20-8 folder. I guess that is what the source is?"

I think that you are confusing installing a tarball and installing a source rpm. I suggest that you use rpm to install the proper source rpm. You do not have to cd anywhere to install a rpm package.


"And another question (sorry). I am convincing other friends to install linux, and am wondering if I should give them redhat linux 9, although no longer serviced; or fedora, which seems to have more bugs (or so I've heard) with fewer resources from RedHat? Or skip them both and go for suse?"

I used SuSE for over three years. I started out buying SuSE. Then I began using the free version of SuSE. About a month ago I switched from SuSE to Fedora. My opinion on the subject is this:

If you pay for Linux then SuSE is cheaper and better than Red Hat. If you want free Linux then Fedora is better than the free version of SuSE.

"fedora, which seems to have more bugs"

Fedora is bleeding edge, so yes it has more problems.

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Old 12-24-2003, 11:56 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot! I got it and it works fine now. I guess my problem before was I didn't get the source too. Lol.

For anyone that sees this from a seach or something and you have an Athlon XP with RedHat and can do up2date, go ahead and update the kernel. up2date will do all the work for you. It definately is zippier now. I see a big difference. Stuff does respond much faster, maybe a 20-30% increase. Pretty good.
 
  


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