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Old 05-16-2004, 01:14 AM   #1
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When I try to install my lynksys cd for the wireless card, it says " Nautilus has no installed viewer capable of displaying "/mnt/cdrom/SETUP.EXE".

Any suggestions fellas.
Old 05-16-2004, 01:20 AM   #2
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The file 'SETUP.EXE' is not in a recognized format. No mime/type.

That is a DOS executable, not unix/linux..

[edit] Extended reply.

Linux is a COMPLETE differente Operating System. Programs compiled for Mac are ment to be run in Mac, same holds true for programs for DOS/windows, unix, and many many others.

To run a program in a diferent plataform other than the one it was built for, you would need an emulator.

In your case, I advice to find the drivers designed for linux from the vendor of your hardware.

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Old 05-16-2004, 01:27 AM   #3
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Hi there jonliu!!!

Welcome to

Short answer: Programs or drivers made for Windows won't run under Linux.

Long answer: Programs for Windows may run under Linux through wine. This will not work for drivers though. In linux, everything is a module, so you load the correct modules to make something to run. Say, you have an scanner, so you type:

modprobe scanner
I've no idea if that would work with "modprobe <name of your card>", but I doubt it. Most likely you will need to recompile your kernel with support for that specific device or download the Linux driver somewhere. Some companies as Nvidia provides very good drivers for Linux. As I don't have such device, I won't guess anything.

A side note though: When running Nautilus, you will face a lot of that error message. When it happens, you have to associate the file with an application. Say, you want to double click in an .avi to open Xine, so you've to specify it. There should be a "File association" under the main menu >> configuration.

To make your life easier about Linux, here is a table of equivalents application for Linux:

and another one explaning how to uncompress and install Linux native programs:

Long story short, your windows drivers are useless under Linux . And so are the applications, unless running wine or WineX (this is optimized for games. There're plenty of alternatives as Crossover Office (non-free) as well.

Good luck!
Old 05-16-2004, 01:29 AM   #4
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ok...i just installed the driver that they have on for the linux OS. I extracted the files from the zip...but there's no executeable for me to run. what do i do from here?
Old 05-16-2004, 07:18 AM   #5
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Well I was to give it a try but; a) I dont know what file/drivers you download. B) those are 120 Mb files ! :P

So, my advice is to read the 'readme ' file. how about that ?

There you will be told what file you need to run. Or if they are sources, you are going to need to compile them.

Read (the 'readme' file)!!! my dear grasshoper.


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