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Old 03-11-2008, 12:12 AM   #1
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Question Help New Linux User: Slackware 12.0 Vs. Drivers

Hi there,

I am basicly new to Linux, downloaded Slackware yesterday and installed it on;

Motherboard: A7N8X-VM
Processor: old AMD 1.6 GHz
HDD: 1x Maxtor 80.0Gb + 1x WD 20.0Gb
Maxtor is the system disk, the WD is only for data storage in need

I didn't check "Fully" yet if I have most of the drivers because I havn't had much time, but I would be searching the drivers themselves, and actually how to install them, never used Linux before, and this is my first start with it.

Drivers I would be searching for;
ATI Radeon Powercolor 9600 Pro;
If possible; Dlink DWL-G122 RevC
If I can't have Wireless, I'll have to figure a way to bridge from Windows XP to Linux hard wired, my Windows XP is currently wireless (Reason for that; Room not yet wired)
And if it's not already installed, in case of brdging the connection, I will need the D-Link, DFE-538TX driver to work with Linux,

Optionnal: Create SB Audigy 2 (I don't remember the exact model I'll have to check that up tomorrow)

Having the net on it would be easier to get the other drivers working on it though...

The PC, like I said, is of fresh install, so if anyone could enlighten me on this I would really appreciate it.

Old 03-11-2008, 03:02 AM   #2
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In linux, most drivers are included with the kernel, it is unusual to install external drivers.
If you should need non-free drivers, then you go first to the distro repositories and look there. Typically, forums can locate 3rd party repos for questionable material.

To check your installed hardware, it is seldom any use to go by the manufacturer specs alone... open a terminal and enter "lspci" (sans quotes) and look for what it says there. lshw can be useful too.

ATI Radeon Powercolor 9600 Pro;
... looks like this is supported by the free software "radeon" driver. (RV360 chipset?)

Dlink DWL-G122 RevC
... this is a wifi usb adapter which is a notorious lemon - even in windows. I'd buy a different one. DLink have a gpl driver for it, known to be a pita - but maybe a better version is in the kernel by now?

You can try:

D-Link, DFE-538TX
... this looks like a standards compliant PCI ethernet adapter to me, should work out of the box.

Create SB Audigy 2
... soundcard: it's reported working out of the box with alsa.

So... that's everything but wifi.
The wifi link suggests ndiswrapper... which you can get with your windows box and sneakernet over. Then you can use the windows drivers. Did no more that skim the thread though, maybe it didn't work for that guy in the end neither
Old 03-11-2008, 07:36 AM   #3
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Ah, Ty very much for clarification, very much appreciated


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