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Old 07-02-2005, 01:41 AM   #1
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Angry Driver install help

I needed a driver for a modem and I beleive I found it. It is a smartlink sl1801 chipset and I found a linux driver from smart link. I cant figure out how to install it though. I try browsing to the directory it is in which is in a folder on the desktop called modem. I right cluck on the desktop and open the command prompt and it displays something like name@localhost>$
after the $ I type in cd modem and it tells me that there is no such directory. I have download and printed the instructions to install the modem and i think if I could get in the directory it is in I could install it but I just cant seem to get there. also I cant figure out how to switch drives to a flash drive. after the $ i type the same $cd flash. can someone please help me figure out how to install this driver for the modem. I am a complete newb. I have the red hat fedora linux 2 bible and I am using the fedora copy it came with. I think the kernel is 2.6.

If anyone could dumb the installation process up for me I would apreciate it. Thank you.
Old 07-02-2005, 05:46 AM   #2
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Ok first copy the file to some root level diredctories and try to cd to that

copy the current file to /root from desktop(that is better for you)

cd /root/

ls -li

is the folder is there???

if so cd to that particular folder
Old 07-02-2005, 09:47 AM   #3
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I dont know what the root directories are in linux. I dont know where the desktop folder lies. and it wont let me cd to any directory.
Old 07-02-2005, 05:14 PM   #4
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Angry Help Please

Ok I found out how to switch directories somewhat. No one said it was case senseitive. Now I got into the directory where the modem driver was located and I type

$ make install

it loaded the driver or looked like it was loading the driver. the driver instructions said that

"I might want to correct in makefile path to my local linux kernel header files."

I dont know what this means so I did not do it. After I install or think I installed I did the network connection wizard in GUI and I set up the ppp connection and pointed the driver to dev/modem and still nothing. I dont know how to explain what I am doing or have much of a clue as to what I am doing I just bought this yesterday and I need help please.

I am running a dual boot xp - linux
I am running linux version fedora i think kernel version 2.6
I am using the Gnome desktop environment
I am trying to install a modem with a smartlink 1801 chipset I found the driver from smartlinks web site and the name of the file is slmdm-2.6.x.tar.gz

I have no friken clue what I am doing at this point so please be clear as to what I am supposed to do, type, install, and edit. and how to do it from the gnome desktop environment.

for more information I bought the red hat fedora linux 2 bible and I am running the software it came with.

also please remember I just used this for the first time yesterday.
Hopefully installing a little modem is not that hard and someone here knows how to do it. more info I got the modem at radio shack.

I really dont want to throw this operating system in the closet and forget about it so please if you can help me under stand this. write something that I can print and follow step by step, and hopefully the next time I post on this forum it will be from linux thanking whoever help me.

Thank you
Old 07-03-2005, 08:29 PM   #5
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anyone please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old 07-03-2005, 10:44 PM   #6
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Login as root and open a command prompt. Copy the file slmdm-2.6.x.tar.gz to /root folder. Then change to the root folder. And execute the following command
gunzip slmdm-2.6.x.tar.gz
It should create a file called slmdm-2.6.x.tar. Then execute the following command
tar xvf slmdm-2.6.x.tar
Now there should be a folder called slmdm-2.6.x. Change to that directory
cd slmdm-2.6.x
Under this directory there should be a file called README or INSTALL. Follow the instructions in that file and your installation should be done.


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