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Old 12-28-2003, 09:54 AM   #1
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Installing Wireless Drivers for Red Hat 9

I'm having a problem installing wireless drivers for my built-in wireless card.
I installed RedHat 9 on my Omnibook 6200 and it failed to recognize my labtop.
I found the drivers at and downloaded some generic drivers that I found worked on the same labtop @

I started the installation and manage to get all the way to set 2 where it ask for the "Linux source directory". I press enter to accept the default per the instructions and I get the following error:

Linux source directory [/usr/src/linux]:
Linux source tree /usr/src/linux is missing or incomplete!
See HOWTO for a list of ftp sites for current kernel sources.

Configuration Failed!

make: *** [config] error 1

Does anyone know how to get around this error message?
Here's a link to the read me file:

Thanks in advance!
Old 12-28-2003, 09:13 PM   #2
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did you install your kernel source?
it should be something like kernel-source in your second installation disc.
Old 12-28-2003, 10:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for you help.

Not sure if I installed it or not, I pretty sure I did.
I followed the installation procedure as outline in the book I bought, "Sams Teach Yourself RH Linux in 24 Hours".

I've been running and playing around with my new OS for a couple of weeks now and everythings is working fine. I really like it allot but I can't get a few things to work, like wireless card and sound card.

Is there a way to verify if my kernel source is installed or not?

Sorry, but I new at this and I'm not sure what the "kernel source" is....
Old 12-29-2003, 09:44 AM   #4
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first you could use rpm which stands for Red hat Package Manger which was used to handle every package that's in rpm format or end with rpm
you could use "rpm -q kernel-source" or "rpm -qa | grep kernel"
both way works.

for you soundcard.
many newbie don't really understand how linux's basic thing works.
it's pretty same to window. you need to find a driver for you soundcard. Mostly, it wouldn't be written by your manufacture but individuals.
you could tell me what's your soundcard's name and brand. that way i could make it easy for you.
Old 01-01-2004, 01:56 PM   #5
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I ran the "rpm -qa | grep kernel" and theres was no output. So I figured it wasn't installed properly from the CD's that came with the book. The funny think is that I bought a RedHat CD's and it came with 3 disk and the book came with 2. Maybe the installation provided by the book is not complete. Well, I did a new install and update my system and ran the "rpm -qa | grep kernel" and got 6 lines of output!

After geting the output I managed to get through the installation of the drivers and it went smoothly. Now I'm having trouble configuring my card. Here's a snippet from the README, which is the last part before it works:

B) Alternatively you can try out the rc.wlan and wlan.conf scripts.
They do work, and they are installed into your */init.d directory
and /etc directory. We don't currently create the soft-link from
the runlevel directory to the wlan startup script because the
distributions vary too much in this respect. You'll need to create
the soft-link yourself. Just make sure it is early in the process,
namely, before the the network interfaces are brought up. The
actual setup of the SSID and such is in the file /etc/wlan.conf.
Note that you'll also need to add an modules.conf alias statement
for the driver that you wish to load (pci or plx), we don't
explicitly load a module in init.d/wlan because we don't know which
one you want. ;-)

Not sure what to do now, I'm sure it's easy but I'm not familar with this.

Also, my souncard is a : ESS Technology ES1988 Allegro-1 (sound card). I found instruction at
but I don't have the rc.modules file as describe in the instructions.

Thanks again.
Old 01-01-2004, 01:58 PM   #6
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Here's the wlan.conf file described in the README (what do I do with this?) :

#! /bin/sh
# Wireless LAN adapter configuration
# etc/wlan.conf
# Copyright (C) 1999 AbsoluteValue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
# --------------------------------------------------------------------
# linux-wlan
# The contents of this file are subject to the Mozilla Public
# License Version 1.1 (the "License"); you may not use this file
# except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of
# the License at
# Software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS
# IS" basis, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, either express or
# implied. See the License for the specific language governing
# rights and limitations under the License.
# Alternatively, the contents of this file may be used under the
# terms of the GNU Public License version 2 (the "GPL"), in which
# case the provisions of the GPL are applicable instead of the
# above. If you wish to allow the use of your version of this file
# only under the terms of the GPL and not to allow others to use
# your version of this file under the MPL, indicate your decision
# by deleting the provisions above and replace them with the notice
# and other provisions required by the GPL. If you do not delete
# the provisions above, a recipient may use your version of this
# file under either the MPL or the GPL.
# --------------------------------------------------------------------
# Inquiries regarding the linux-wlan Open Source project can be
# made directly to:
# AbsoluteValue Systems Inc.
# --------------------------------------------------------------------
# Portions of the development of this software were funded by
# Intersil Corporation as part of PRISM(R) chipset product development.
# --------------------------------------------------------------------
# This file is sourced by the init.d/wlan script.
# The WLAN_DEVICES variable identifies the device names of each WLAN device.
# If you have more than one, make sure each one is identified in a whitespace
# separated list that's assigned to WLAN_DEVICES.
# For each device named in WLAN_DEVICES, the function wlandevice_config will
# be called with $1 set to the name of the device. To specify the
# setup for each device, just add an appropriate case section.


case "$1" in
# Do we want to enable the card at all? Set to 'n' if you don't
# want the card initialized for normal operation. Helpful for
# (re)loading flash or for test purposes.

#=======USER MIB SETTINGS=============================
# You can add the assignments for various MIB items
# of your choosing to this variable, separated by
# whitespace. The wlan-ng script will then set each one.
# Just uncomment the variable and set the assignments
# the way you want them.


# [Dis/En]able WEP. Settings only matter if PrivacyInvoked is true
lnxreq_hostWEPEncrypt=false # true|false
lnxreq_hostWEPDecrypt=false # true|false
dot11PrivacyInvoked=false # true|false
dot11WEPDefaultKeyID=0 # 0|1|2|3
dot11ExcludeUnencrypted=true # true|false, in AP this means WEP
# is required for all STAs

# If PRIV_GENSTR is not empty, use PRIV_GENTSTR to generate
# keys (just a convenience)
PRIV_GENERATOR=/sbin/nwepgen # nwepgen, Neesus compatible
PRIV_KEY128=false # keylength to generate

# or set them explicitly. Set genstr or keys, not both.
dot11WEPDefaultKey0= # format: xx:xx:xx:xx:xx or
dot11WEPDefaultKey1= # xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
dot11WEPDefaultKey2= # e.g. 01:20:03:40:05 or
dot11WEPDefaultKey3= # 01:02:03:04:05:06:07:08:09:0a:0b:0c:0d

#=======SELECT STATION MODE===================
IS_ADHOC=n # y|n, y - adhoc, n - infrastructure

#=======INFRASTRUCTURE STATION START===================
# SSID is all we have for now
AuthType="opensystem" # opensystem | sharedkey (requires WEP)
# Use DesiredSSID="" to associate with any AP in range

#=======ADHOC STATION START============================
SSID="linux-wlan" # SSID
BCNINT=100 # Beacon interval (in Kus)
CHANNEL=6 # DS channel for BSS (1-14, depends
# on regulatory domain)
BASICRATES="2 4" # Rates for mgmt&ctl frames (in 500Kb/s)
OPRATES="2 4 11 22" # Supported rates in BSS (in 500Kb/s)
Old 01-02-2004, 10:27 AM   #7
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i do understand part of the script since i been reading a book about shell programming.
how did you get it working in the first place?
They do work and they are installed in your ....
if that's not what you meant. just run the script and see what it says.
you could run it by "chmod 770" to change it's permission to let you execute it.
then do "./wlan.conf"
then see if your wireless device was working.

For you shound card. you don't neccessarily need to uncomment anything. just add "alias sound-slot-0 maestro3"
i bet that will working it out.
Old 01-02-2004, 06:05 PM   #8
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Got it!!!!
It turns out I was doing much more than I actually needed. RH 9 provids support for most Prism_2 based wireless cards. There was no need to download and install the drivers from linux-wlan, the network configuration tools had everythink I needed all along. Here's the link where I found all the information I needed:

Funny, the configuration is very similar to the configuration process in Windows, infact it gives you a lot more control. I like this!

Still can't get the sound card to work. When I enter the Sound Detection Tool in System settings, the following information is displayed:

Vendor : ALi Corporation
Model: M5451 PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device
Module: disabled

When I play the sound test, I get the following error message:

"The disabled driver could not be loaded. This
soundcard may not be compatible with Red Hat Linux."

Not sure what to do after this. I've been online searching for hours and I think I don't want sound anymore. Has anyone else gotten around this error????


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