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Old 11-05-2004, 03:52 PM   #1
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Getting Intel 537 ep modem to work on Fedora Core 2 linux!!!

(they wouldnt let me put urls so all urls will have a period between the o and m)

It has probably took me a year to install his annoying driver that the cheap intel people made. So i was thinking of a good way to give back to the linux community and a website would make it hard for someone to find the info so, here are all the steps i took (i hope i remembered all of them).

First i installed the kernel source from the 3rd fedora core 2 cd.... then ummm wait i have to read some stuff.

Then i used some instrustions found on another site called....... i forgot nvm.
this is the best way to install a kernel source on fedora core works like a charm but can take a while. it installs the source without making a new kernel boot thingy.

Before you do anything else, make sure you have a way to boot the OS. Make a bootdisk and test it. (never wasted my time with that)

Get the source for the kernel and put it in /usr/src.
cd /usr/src
tar -xzf <kernel source file name>
The kernel source lives in /usr/src/linux. Linux is usually a symbolic link to the source tree. ls -l will show this. You can't get into too much trouble here, but it can get kind of untidy if you don't do this right. If you are upgrading, copy the .config file from your old Linux source tree to the new one, and type make oldconfig
From X Windows, type make xconfig
From a console, type make config or make menuconfig
Select your options and save the configuration. The configuration is saved in the file .config in /usr/src/linux. You might want to copy this to a floppy or something.
Our sequence from here is:
make dep
make clean
make bzImage
make modules
make modules_install
make bzdisk

This sequence will compile the kernel and modules. For the last command, make sure you have a blank floppy in the drive so you can copy the kernel to it. If you like you can type:
make dep clean bzImage modules modules_install

Copy (/usr/src/linux/ and the kernel (/usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage) to /boot (or wherever your lilo.conf file points to). And make sure your symbolic links are OK. We (as well as most) make a symbolic link:
ln -s vmlinuz-2.4.1 vmlinuz
ln -s
We then can leave our lilo.conf file pointing at /boot/vmlinuz. It is also wise to copy the image section in lilo.conf and create another label, linuxold for example, and use the previous known good kernel as the image. When you reboot, you can select the old kernel if you have problems with the new one. After you are done editing lilo.conf, run /sbin/lilo. If there are problems with your configuration, links, etc., the output of lilo may clue you in. After you have run lilo, reboot your system and type dmesg | less to check out how your kernel booted. ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~

and oh yeah should have said this earlier but, goto the site and download the lastest fedora core 2 drivers. know cd into the directory you unzipped your intel driver and type make check and it will tell you if installed the kernel source right. if it is not installed try the steps again and read the instrutions carefully. also you dont have to do all the commands in order well atleast i didnt just do all the commands execpt the one were it tells u to log out of X11. Here are the commands i used to install the modem.
but before that you should backup the file Intel537.ko found in the intel directory!!!!

know type make clean

then put the intel537.ko back in its original place (place it was before the stupid make clean deleted it)

then type make 537

okay thats enought typing for now and if anyone wants to make a site featuring this inforamation ill try and type it up in more clear steps. e-mail me at (i know the e-mail sounds stupid i made it up in grade 4)

know heres some info i stole from the readme found in the intel driver directory


537_inst installation script to install 537 modules and supporting files

files copied to /lib/modules/(kernel-version)/misc
Intel537.o (Intel537.ko) soft modem driver and pseudo serial driver

files copied to /etc/rc.d/... (path differes per distribution)
537_boot boot scrip to start and stop driver module

files copied to /usr/sbin
hamregistry hamregistry is the "registry" like tool that the modem uses to
get and store persistant data such as county info and profile strings.
usrsound The usermode program implementing a software buzzer. When
software buzzer is on, modem connections sound can be heard with soundcard
installed. OSS soundcards are supported. ALSA was not tested.

files copied to /etc
hamregistry.bin file that stores the initial persistant data for modem.

manully put all those files into the directorys listed (login as root to do this and practiclly all the other parts of the intel installation)

and i know it sucks and it takes 1235235466 million years but dont give keep trying no quiting. also be a risk taker if this doesnt turn out right then try things your way and check out some of the other sites.

after your done all that annoying stuff cd back into the intel drivers directory and

phew i almost forgot this but i saw it while i was proofreading type
# insmod -f Intel537.ko 2>/dev/null from the intel directory

type YOUR FINAL COMMAND Muhahahahahaha......ha ok ill shut up and tell you

type make install

the end and any questions (im a noob not complieing stuff like kernels and that) then your welcome to ask but i delete a lot of my e-mails without looking so dont hasitated to mail me 3545345 times. (they wouldnt let me put urls so all urls will have a period between the o and m)

oh yeah and restart your computer and plus fedora core is a annoying secure system so, kppp doesnt work you have to use the built in tool called internet connection wizard to set it up and connect using network device control (both those are found in the system tools part of the start menu) i also might have listed the commands in a wrong order. i got this info from a lot of scattered sites so dont think im some smart kid (im not) this is all from other sites put into one file.

hmmmmmm i forgot what else i was gonna say and please dont delete this thread......nvm thank you for letting me put this stuff on your site and thats about it bye
Old 11-05-2004, 03:53 PM   #2
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oh yeah i forgot to tell you guys in typing this from fedora core and the internet is quite fast compared to mandrake 10


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