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Old 08-08-2003, 03:30 AM   #1
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Standard Way to Adding Hardware Drivers

I'm trying to add my linksys wireless nic w/in Redhat 8.0, is there a standard way to add drivers?? Is there a particular driver that will work? Thanks guys

So green at using Linux its absurd, but I want to learn. Thanks guys and gals!

Old 08-08-2003, 05:47 AM   #2
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Ummm... difficault to say...

Some I compile and install from a source tarball, some come in an RPM, some in a binary tarball, etc....

It's best to search for the linux driver if the manufacturer doesn't write their own, google for it under and see what turns up (e.g. <model name>+linux+driver ). If and when you find the driver, follow the installation instructions that come with it...

It may be supported by a generic driver - many NICs are, what have you tried to getting it working so far?

Many drivers are/can be compiled into the kernel allthough this is a somewhat advanced thing to do, but for most they are easily loaded as kernel modules at runtime. I guess if there is a "standard" way then this is it.



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