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arn_ml 05-09-2009 10:02 AM

Driver Backup In Fedora 10
Hi everybody,
I would like to know how to take back up of non fedora10 drivers and restore them after formatting the PC.
The same i have done in Windows XP using driver magician software.
But how to do it in fedora?
A same problem had been posted earlier but i could find any solution for non fedora drivers i.e those that are not compiled with the kernel.
And also how would one restore it if the PC is formatted?
Thanks in advance.

{BBI}Nexus{BBI} 05-09-2009 01:00 PM

Did you manually install those 'non fedora drivers' in the first place?

arn_ml 05-09-2009 02:02 PM

those drivers were already installed when i bought the PC.But when i lost the motherboard cd i had to take backup of all non-windows drivers(this was when i was using Windows XP).And i did this using driver magician which backs up all the drivers and also restores it when needed.
So,is the same thing possible with fedora?Especially if i format my whole hard disk.
The non windows drivers were:1)Conexant AC-Link Audio Driver
2)AC97 Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
3)Mobile Intel(R) 915GM GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family

{BBI}Nexus{BBI} 05-09-2009 02:08 PM

If you never had to manually install any driver(s) for those in fedora when you first installed it, you don't need to backup anything. Fedora will install what it needs for your hardware as it did before.

arn_ml 05-09-2009 10:55 PM

So,you are saying that Fedora unlike windows finds all my hardwares and loads the corresponding modules for it?
But i dont think that's always the case.Once when i installed RHEL5 it had only one NIC driver (RealTek 8139),but what i had in my Laptop was Realtek 8168 PCI-E.So,it would have lot more easier if i had the backup of all drivers in my pendrive an just restore it when need arises rather than downloading the drivers from the corresponding vendor's site.

{BBI}Nexus{BBI} 05-09-2009 11:06 PM

I am not saying that all your drivers are catered for by default. Sometimes for newer hardware you may have to find and compile/install the driver for it. Some distros do a better job of providing the required drivers. If all your hardware is working now, then the chances are they will be working again when you reinstall fedora. Your winblows drivers are in the main of no use. Did you install your fedora initially? If yes, do you recall having to install any drivers winblows or otherwise?

arn_ml 05-11-2009 12:03 AM

yes.i had to install the driver for my NIC card which is Realtek 8168 PCI-E .The default driver with RHEL 5 was Realtek 8139.
But i am still not clear.
If suppose i got my laptop with fedora installed along with all other drivers (for eg. sound card,NIC driver etc..)and these drivers are not there with fedora but are supported by it.
Now,is there any package that will backup all these drivers so that next time when i format my laptop i do not have to
1)look for vendors site for downloading the driver
2)manually compile and install the downloaded drivers.

{BBI}Nexus{BBI} 05-11-2009 10:50 AM

I am not aware of any specific application for GNU/Linux that will back up drivers that you have had to compile and install yourself. One should normally keep the original source code (as there is always the possibility you might need them again) backed up.

As you have stated that it's only the driver for you nic card you need to install yourself, before wiping the system I would:

1. Download the source code again and store it in a safe location.

2. Check your package manager to see what developement (devel) packages are installed and, make a note of them for re-installation.

3. Also check if you have either your kernel-sources or kernel-headers installed and restore the appropriate one once re-installation is complete.

If you managed to install your nic driver once, you should be able to do it again with relative ease once all the required dependencies are in place.

By all means do a google search and see if there is anything out there. I've never heard of an app that would suit your needs but the internet is a big place, there just might be something.

arn_ml 05-11-2009 01:37 PM

Thanks everybody for giving me very valid answers to my question.

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