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Old 12-13-2006, 10:56 PM   #1
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Unhappy /lib/firmware...

Hello all,
I'm new to Linux, and have so far spent several hours working with a new distribution I downloaded to my notebook (Mandriva 2007 Free) and am understanding a lot of the concepts. Being a Windows veteran, I find installing device drivers to be a bit confusing. Currently, I'm trying to get my Intel Wireless adapter to work... Here are my symptoms...

I have the appropriate driver and firmware files

Mandriva will not allow logins as root

I get an access denied message anytime I try to put my fw files in /lib/firmware

System says /lib/firmware is owned by ROOT and only ROOT has permissions

I moved my account to the ROOT group, but that changes nothing.

I see a lot of posts that say, "Just copy the .fw files to the /lib/firmware folder, then..." and I say, "Hey wait! That part didn't work!" What am I doing wrong?

Last edited by agayer; 12-13-2006 at 11:03 PM.
Old 12-14-2006, 02:16 AM   #2
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Open up a console and su to root and run the cp command to copy your files to /lib/firmware
IE: you would open terminal...

[FFuentes@Fedora ~]$ su -
[root@Fedora ~]# cp /home/root/filename /lib/firmware/filename

Good Luck

Just a advice never ad your self to the root group..
Old 12-14-2006, 05:35 AM   #3
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Holy crap, man, it worked. You rock. Thanks a bunch. Now if I can just get this thing attached to my WindowsNT domain.... Oh, and I did take your advice and myself out of the ROOT group.

Last edited by agayer; 12-14-2006 at 05:37 AM.


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