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Old 06-10-2006, 07:20 PM   #1
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NICs in Linux

1. Yesterday I posted, asking if any USB devices work in Linux and saying simply that my printer didn't work. I should have been more specific: my printer is a HP PSC (printer, scanner, copier) 1610.

2. Also, I can connect to the internet now via a USB modem in Windows. In an effort to get my USB printer to work in Linux I went to a site that gives printer info and will download drivers for my printer. What I want to know is, since I'll be in Windows will the download work? (will the drivers get into the correct Linux directory?).

3. Also, I'm going to buy an ethernet NIC, not to connect to a LAN or WAN but to connect to the internet in Linux. Are there any concerns I should be aware of before I buy?
Old 06-10-2006, 07:35 PM   #2
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1) Most USB devices are fine in linux. I've used several printers and drives. You can check for your specific printer at the hardware compatability list.

2) No, you can't install a linux driver from windows. You'll need to transfer the file from your windows partition to linux in order for it to install. There are plenty of postings here on how to mount windows partitions from linux, but I'll give a quick rehash, making the assumption that you have one harddrive, with windows on the first partition, and linux on the 2nd.

Do all this as root:
mkdir /mnt/windows
mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
ls /mnt/windows
If the last command lists the root of your windows drive, you're set. Just navigate to wherever you downloaded the driver in win, copy it to your home directory in linux, then install it.

3) Makes absolutely no sense. If you are connecting it to the internet, then it most certainly is connecting to the WAN. In any case, nearly every 10/100 ethernet card will work in linux, and the vast majority of gigabit cards as well. To be certain, use the aforementioned hardware compatibility list to be certain whatever card you get will work.

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Check out and install the HPLIP drivers. The HPIOJ or something like that is just the driver only. The HPLIP has all the needed support for printing, scanning, faxing, and if the printer supports media cards to use it as a card reader plus the ability to see ink levels from the desktop and much more.

Downloading the file in windows and transferring to linux is not issue as long as the media that is used is readable by linux.

See what local stores have if that is the way you want to go and then come back here and check out the HCL database here located at the top and to the right. Lots info on hardware. For me 3com nics are great like the 3c905 or realtek nics. Some Intel work as well this is if you want to find a noc that is linux native and not use the ndiswrapper tools. I would check out ndiswrapper so you know a little about it.

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On a side note: download Knoppix from and see how much of your hardware it recognises (even if just for motivation). It's a LiveCD (or LiveDVD by now) version of Linux that won't touch your system. All you need to have is at least 128MB of RAM and all you need to do is tell your BIOS to boot from the CD-ROM.

Even if you're going to use a different distribution later, it's always good to have Knoppix (or Slax) as an emergency/rescue option or simply to take it around and convert a few friends to Linux


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