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Old 03-08-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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RH9 and Installing Drivers

OK I'm sure many of you will think this is a real newbish question, but how do I even install drivers for Linux? I know Windows inside and out and just started playing with Linux, but after all the documentation I read and commands I've looked up I still can't get anywhere. I'm trying to install the drivers for my onboard ethernet for my mobo. It's a 'VIA Networking Velocity Family Giga-bit Ethernet Adapter' and I'm stuck at number 5 where is says 'Compile'. I've tried dozens of compile commands but most of them say its not a recognized command or whatever. I know it's probably a simple thing, but I've looked everywhere and can't get it to work. Any help?

Please enter the following commands at the UNIX prompt. Remember, UNIX is case sensitive.

1) Create a temporary directory:
mkdir /temp

2) Change to the temporary directory:
cd /temp

3) Copy driver (.tgz file) from DOS disk, (mcopy below is one tool in
mtools, if you didn't install mtools, you can type
'mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt' and use 'cp /mnt/velocityget.tgz /temp'
command to copy the driver to the temporary directory):
mcopy a:velocityget.tgz .

4) untar the archive file:

tar xzvf velocityget.tgz
cd velocityget

5) Compile the driver source files and it will generate object file, and
copy it to correct driver installation path (The installation directory
is different in different kernel versions. In 2.4.x/2.6.x kernel, the path
is /lib/modules/KERNEL_VERSION/kernel/drivers/net/, and in 2.2.x kernel,
the path is /lib/modules/KERNEL_VERSION/net/, the KERNEL_VERSION (see
above) means the kernel version of your Linux distribution. If you don't
know your kernel version , please run 'uname -r' command in command
line. The kernel version will look like '2.2.16', '2.4.2-2smp' etc.) :
make install

6) Check configuration file (/etc/modules.conf or /etc/conf.modules or
/etc/modprobe.conf, it depends on your Linux distribution) for loading
kernel modules. Make sure the first line below is appeared in the
configuration file, where # is the interface number (eg: alias eth0
velocityfet). If you need to set the driver options, below second line
is an example to set the NIC to 100Mbps fullduplex mode (remember to
unmark the line if it is put in the configuration file).
alias eth# velocityget
Old 03-08-2006, 12:42 PM   #2
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cd velocityget

then follow the rest of the instructions.
Old 03-08-2006, 10:02 PM   #3
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No such file or directory.
Old 03-08-2006, 10:30 PM   #4
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by the way, after I tar the file these are the files I get:

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There's a Makefile, so just try "make" (no quotes).
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It gives me the message "Linux kernel source not found. Stop."

You have to understand I have absolutely NO experience with Linux. I've been messing around with it for about 2 days now, that's it.


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