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Old 08-31-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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FC5 - cannot use add/remove programs

as you know from me posting this in the newbie section, that i am a newbie. I have been messin around with a couple different distributions for about 4-5 months. i finally landed on FC5. anyways, on to the problem. i am on a dell 4100 with a belkin 54g wireless card (product number F5D7000-W). i was trying to set up wireless by using ndiswrapper. but it is not on there yet so i tried to use the add/remove programs in order to get it off the dvd but i get this message when i click on it "unable to retrieve software information". what can i do to get add/remove programs working? and how, after i've done that, can i use ndiswrapper to get my wireless working?

Old 08-31-2006, 07:53 PM   #2
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open terminal and type the following
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
cd /mnt/Fedora/RPMS
rpm -ivh ndiswrapper*.rpm

this should install ndiswrapper for you.
Old 08-31-2006, 10:16 PM   #3
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Re : FC5 - cannot use add/remove programs

To make the add/remove programs (Pirut) to work, login as root and edit all the enabled repos (/etc/yum.repos.d/anyname.repo) by removing # infront of the baseurl line (uncomment it). Both add/remove & software updater (pup) will work.
Old 09-01-2006, 12:59 PM   #4
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FC5 - cannot use add/remove programs

On this topic, is there a way to configure yum to use the CDs as a repository in the event that no internet access is available? I'd rather use yum than installing packages manually via rpm.

In Debian, this is easy to do by adding the CDs to sources.list file.
Old 09-01-2006, 10:48 PM   #5
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Re : FC5 - CD/DVD as repository

To use CD/DVD as repository

create a .repo file as shown below in /etc/yum.repos.d/
Sample: /etc/yum.repos.d/installcd.repo
name=Fedora Core 5 Installation DVD

# baseurl : give the path where the repodata folder exists on CD
# gpgkey : give path of folder on CD where RPM-GPG-KEY exists

In case no internet connection is available then disable rest of the repos and one should be able to install from CD only.


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