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Old 05-08-2005, 03:28 AM   #1
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device installation generals


hi everyone,

I installed linux to a crappy computer 5 days ago. first time playing around with linux... having problems all over as i am a newbie (had to install slackware 10.1 8+ times)...

I want to switch to Linux (gradually) as gates pisses me of for good. i am even more pissed of after seeing the winmodem issue (i have one on that computer and doesn't even see the modem!!)

I am having problems with hardware, like everyone I guess. But I don't even get the basics of device issues.

I was wondering whether you could help me with that. for example, if this was win 98, I would say "find the driver on the web, download it, double click and install driver. than plug the device in." what do you do in linux to install a device?

what are the general commands? what do you download? a package, a conf file (soo confuseddd). where do you 'install the driver' in the harddisk if you install a driver at all? how do you understand where the driver is (such as /dev/hdd or /dev/hdc for a usb device etc) -is there a scanner tool for new hardware-?

o i have so many more questions... any help is appreciated, tutorial links, answers to one or two of above questions, anything...

thanks

oh, one more thing. what is the first thing i should read other than driver / device issues? something like a kernel-howto?

thanks again

 
Old 05-08-2005, 03:57 AM   #2
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hi everyone,

I installed linux to a crappy computer 5 days ago. first time playing around with linux... having problems all over as i am a newbie (had to install slackware 10.1 8+ times)...
for a first-timer, you seem pretty informed....

I want to switch to Linux (gradually) as gates pisses me of for good. i am even more pissed of after seeing the winmodem issue (i have one on that computer and doesn't even see the modem!!) this subject interests me: why gates pisses you off, winmodem issue, etc. but after the problems are ifed and the questiosn ar answered, talk about that.

I am having problems with hardware, like everyone I guess. But I don't even get the basics of device issues.
it might be best if you detail your hardware problems so we can approach them on a device, by device basis, then you can get a feel for thesort of work that has to be done.

I was wondering whether you could help me with that. for example, if this was win 98, I would say "find the driver on the web, download it, double click and install driver. than plug the device in." what do you do in linux to install a device?

with linux, either the kernel supports it natively, there's a manufactuere binary driver module available for the kernel, or there's no driver. occasionally (like with the winmodem) there's a wrraper program that emulates windows function and allows you to use a windows driver.

what are the general commands? what do you download? a package, a conf file (soo confuseddd). where do you 'install the driver' in the harddisk if you install a driver at all? how do you understand where the driver is (such as /dev/hdd or /dev/hdc for a usb device etc) -is there a scanner tool for new hardware-?
as far as installing the driver, typically the package the driver comes in will put the driver in right right place although you could technically install it anywhere, and modprobe will take the rest in it's own hands (modprobe is a driver-loader application [tool] ) as far as new-hardware scanning, that's not exactly neccisary. every time linux boots, it usually boots as though its the first time. hardware detection happens every time, whether kudzu does it or it happens via hotplug (a rival app) it just happens, so get an idea of what linux sees as installed use
Code:
cat /proc/cpuinf
lspci
cat /proc/partitions
those should igve you lots of information about the system. an Ubuntu liveCD has a device manager on it that will actually detail the sorts fo things it finds installed hardware wise, even if yo don'thave the drivers to install them.

o i have so many more questions... any help is appreciated, tutorial links, answers to one or two of above questions, anything...
how's that for a start?

thanks
you're welcome

oh, one more thing. what is the first thing i should read other than driver / device issues? something like a kernel-howto?

thanks again
 
Old 05-08-2005, 04:13 AM   #3
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that's a good start for me. let's see what does commands do and I'll look at the ubuntu cd. thanks
 
  


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