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ok-I was able to use the generic pre-compiled kernel 2.6.10 from the Slack 10.1 cd 2. Basically I followed the README-initrd file in the /boot directory of my installed Slack 10. This tells you to installpkg kernel-generic-2.6.10 and kernel-modules-2.6.10 (mkinitrd was already installed from Slack 10). I then used mkinitrd -c -k 2.6.10 -m reiserfs to make initrd.gz in my /boot directory.
All files were then in place for a boot, so I updated /etc/lilo.conf to include my new kernel 2.6.10 as a boot option. Wanting to have sound (I have an ESS card that uses ALSA), I used installpkg to install the pre-compiled alsa drivers for kernel 2.6.10 on the Slack 10.1 cd 2.
Then I re-booted.
Boot went fine...but I could not hear my PCMCIA card get initialized. IP got set up along with the mouse. I ran alsaconf and my soundcard was set up. I was able to hear it using mplayer.
Then I re-booted.
Still could not hear my PCMCIA card get initialized. Volume was ok in mplayer the second time I tried it.
X-session works fine, except that I cannot execute x-term or rxvt....gnome-terminal works ok. I also get an error on man pages (from console and gnome-terminal):
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command (cd /usr/man && (echo ".pl 1100i"; /bin/gunzip -c '/usr/man/man1/diff.1.gz'; echo ".\\\""; echo ".pl \n(nlu+10") | /usr/bin/gtbl | /usr/bin/nroff -S -mandoc | /usr/bin/less -is) exited with status 256.
My pc is a K6 350 MHz Compaq Presario laptop 1270 with a PCMCIA LinkSys NIC card (Model No. PCMPC100).
The DSL modem is a Westell Model 2200 on eth0.
The following is given from my 2.4.29 kernel with the PCMCIA card configured correctly (half the time it works if I turn my modem on when I hear the PCMCIA card get configured...the beep when ALSA is working).
dmesg gives this about video:
In the future you might get best results by searching Google Linux. Hope this helps.
I think you might have to recompile the kernel as most probably the 2.6 kernel package doesnt contain the module for your NIC. You can try building a custom kernel using the basic config file & adding /enabling the module for your card. I'm saying this because as far as i could tell, things were fine in the stock kernel 2.4.
Thanks for the links-I'll read. Actually the 2.6.10 kernel picks up my NIC right away-the 2.4.29 kerenel doesn't. The problem with the 2.6.10 kernel is that my sound and video get messed up and they were ok in the 2.4.29 kernel with ALSA.
I would like to get my 2.4.29 kernel working all the time with my NIC-so I'll read about that. Maybe re-building my 2.4.29 kernel would help-I'll follow the LinkSys link....thank you!