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muppetwagon 05-16-2003 11:01 AM

omg linux is going to be a trip to learn, but need lots of help!!
yeah, my first post...heheh. Just installed mandrake 8.2 and i am all lost.
i figuerd, being the savvy windows user that i am, that this would not be a problem. HAHAHAHA
big mistake. I am willing to learn how to use it and need some major help!!

first off, i am not sure how to load drivers for the sound and video. I have read some of the walkthroughs and
i am getting lost. Kinda need a step by step of what is going on in using the shell.

the only shell i remember is, sorry had to say it.

Any help would be schweet!!!


bentz 05-16-2003 11:18 AM

Are you having problems starting X Windows? If you are, you will need to contact the vendor of your Video Card to see if they have a Linux driver for you. This is very similar to getting a driver for windows. The video card vendor should have detailed support for installing or building a kernel module (equivalent of a windows driver for this purpose) and getting X Windows running.

I hope this helps.

HerrSprengstoff 05-16-2003 12:22 PM

What kind of sound and/or video card do you have? They aren't working for your system under Mandy or you just want to upgrade them?

muppetwagon 05-16-2003 12:52 PM

i have a gf3 visiontek and a audigy 2

the problem i am having is to get the sound to work at all. I did their install, but am stuck on telling the config file where the kernel is. i flat out just dont know...really big newb!!!
oh yeah, what do you mean by x windows (e.g. KDE, Gnome...)

Edward78 05-16-2003 12:58 PM

muppetwagon 05-16-2003 12:58 PM

# Driver build options
KERNEL_SOURCE :=/usr/src/linux-2.4.18-6mdk/linux
DEBUG := n

# say no unless you need to use the dbgemu tool,
# note that this allows users raw access to any register
# it should not be used in a normal driver.


i dont know where i should tell it to look:
KERNEL_SOURCE :=/usr/src/linux-2.4.18-6mdk/linux???????????

bentz 05-16-2003 12:59 PM

X Windows is the general term for the Graphical Interface for Linux.

bentz 05-16-2003 01:02 PM

rpm -q --list kernel-source

bulliver 05-16-2003 03:07 PM

Mandrake 8.2 is kind of old, it may not have a driver for the audigy card (which is quite new, isn't it?)

You may have to download the latest stable kernel source (2.4.20) and compile it with the drivers you need. Unfortunately this is no easy task for a beginner. Perhaps mandrake has an rpm of the current kernel which you can install.

Your other option is to upgrade or reinstall your distro to something a bit more recent (the current version of mandrake is 9.1)

As for loading a module, as long as they are set up correctly you would use:
modprobe [module name] to load it in the kernel. Fo example:
modprobe emu10k1
loads the module for my soundblaster card.

muppetwagon 05-16-2003 03:57 PM

ok i am downloading 9.1 and will try to burn them on my plextor 48x24x48. now there is a problem, cause i have not burned anything in linux............hehehhe!

muppetwagon 05-21-2003 01:48 PM

ok!! After a while i got 9.1 installed and have the latest Nvidia drivers ( finally installed). I still need to learn how to compile the kernel to get the sound card drivers to work. Any idea where i can look for a set-by-step to set up what i need. I am saying this, because i would like to play with my clan on Urban Terror ( quake3 mod) and will not give up on Linux. The info i have learned already is awsome and it seems like i am learning dos all over again...hehe...j/k!

I did try and locate the my kernel version. It seems it is in the /libs?????

Any ideas


Proud 05-21-2003 02:17 PM

Try the uname -r command :)

muppetwagon 05-22-2003 11:07 AM

sweet thanks, that was! So now i need to tell the config for the audigy2 where the kernel is??? OK back to browsing.

neo77777 05-22-2003 12:18 PM

Have you installed kernel source?
Is there a
directory or anything close to it?
The following command should produce some output besides "No such file or directory"

ls -ltrd /usr/src/linux*

busbarn 05-22-2003 01:22 PM

If you didn't install all three mandrake disks, you won't have the kerenl source. Also, there are several really good "tutorials" on this forum that are more than accurate. I'd type it out but I've done it twice in the past couple weeks...I'll let you do the typing!

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