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Old 05-20-2001, 05:08 PM   #1
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I am trying to get my USRobotics 3CP5610 to work with RH Linux v 7.0 (kernel 2.2). I have been told that, possibly, upgrading the Kernel to V2.4 could solve my problem. Can't download to my Linux System because of inoperative modem. Any suggestions?
When I go to http://www.Kernel.Org and look for a Kernel V2.4, there are all kinds of files there, including .gz and .bz2.
what do I want?

What is the deal with the huge file (25.1M) when Linux operating system is on a single 650M CD?
Old 05-20-2001, 05:18 PM   #2
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Do you have Windows on the machine? If you modem works under that you can download it to your C: and mount that under Linux. Assuming your C drive was the first partition on your first harddisk you would do a
mount /dev/hda1 /someDir
Assumeing that your kernel has vfat support (almost definate) you will be able to get to your files under the /someDir directory (create this before issuing the mount command!).

Download the .bz2 file if I were you - its more compressed hence is smaller. You realise that you will need to compile this kernel yeah? You might also need to change some of your tools, like the modules-utils inorder to build 2.4. I needed to on Slackware 7.1. If your not sure how to do this look at for the Kernel-HOWTO. The modules utils can be downloaded form somewhere like . Your other option would be to look for the RPMs on Redhat site, I can't offer any advice on this path as I'm not a RH user.

As for whats with the huge file - thats Linux! All the rest are products developed by third parties, so a Linux system is really the Linux kernel and lots of other free software (lots of the system stuff is from the GNU project ( all working to give you a fully fledged OS Cool eh?

Hope that helped...

[Edited by jharris on 05-20-2001 at 05:24 PM]
Old 05-23-2001, 02:43 PM   #3
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Also, keep in mind that although the download is large, a linux kernel, once configured properly and built for a system, can be very small, and will usually be well under 1MB. One of my boxes has a 200KB kernel. The rest are the THOUSANDS of drivers that come with it. This is why you never need driver cd's in Linux - they're built in!!!



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