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Old 03-30-2004, 08:19 AM   #1
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RH 9 Kernel

I've installed RH 9 and am now looking to install a wireless NetGear USB NIC. I've downloaded driver from the WLAN project, and followed the readme file to compile the drivers.

When compiling the drivers I'm asked to enter the directory address of my kernel files. I've searched my hard disk and it appears that RH doesn't copy these to the disk.

So, I've gone to the RH network site, downloaded the appropriate RPM files and dumped them to my disk. Question, how do I unpack the RPM files so that I can compile the drivers for the wireless NIC? I can't make any sense of the RPM commands.
Old 03-30-2004, 08:29 AM   #2
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What you need is the kernel-source files from your CD (usually the 3rd one). To install RPM's, type
rpm -ivh <filename>.rpm
After you have installed the kernel-source, you can rebuild src.rpm files by running
rpm --rebuild <filename>.src.rpm
The last few lines of the output will tell you where the compiled RPM now resides.

Make sure that you do all this as root in a terminal.

Old 03-30-2004, 09:20 AM   #3
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if you are using the linux-wlan drivers, I would recommend changing to the latest 2.4.x kernel (2.4.25 i believe).

I had a lot of trouble trying to set up by usb wlan card with the kernel that redhat ships.


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