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Old 12-20-2004, 04:52 PM   #1
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installing fedora 3 kernel source, for ndiswrapper

I'm trying to install a wireless network card in my laptop, using Ndiswrapper. It says to install the kernel source, but i have no idea how to go about doing this or where to get the source from. I've downloaded the source disks for Fedora 3, but they don't appear to have the right files on them. I'm a total newbie, to linux so I need all the help I can get. thanks for any info. I think once I get the source installed I'll be in good shape.
Old 12-20-2004, 06:23 PM   #2
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"I've downloaded the source disks for Fedora 3, but they don't appear to have the right files on them. "

The first thing to do is determine what kernel version you are using. Type in this command:
uname -r
and you will get something like:
This is the name of your kernel with 2.6.6 being the version number. Once you get the kernel name then you can look for the corresponding source package from Fedora.

The correct kernel source may already be installed. Some distributions install the kernel source as part of the installation process. Look in the /usr/src directory and see if you have a directory called something similar to /usr/src/linux-2.6.6-44-default.

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Old 12-31-2004, 10:24 PM   #3
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What does Redhat call the source for the kernel. Im trying to install it and for the life of me can't figure it out. The kernel I have is 2.6.9-1.667 Any help would be great, as i have no clue what I'm doing.
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The file you are looking for is:
Follow the instruction from the link below:
Next, make a link to the BUILD directory:
cd /usr/src
ln -s redhat/BUILD/kernel-2.6.9/linux-2.6.9/ linux-2.6.9
Finally, you can use the normal make commands to compile and install kernel:
cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.9
make mrproper
make menuconfig
make all
make modules_install
make install
That should do it. Also, check to see that grub.conf is set up the way you want.

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Old 01-07-2005, 01:00 PM   #5
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Fedora no longer ship kernel source with the installation CDs anymore (which makes my life harder).

for those who updated the kernel with yum or up2date, you can find the newer kernel source at

Look here for installation instructions:

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Old 01-13-2005, 05:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help I got it working.


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