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Old 02-08-2002, 01:46 PM   #1
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Token Ring Drivers

Good Morning to All.

I really hope someone can help me out,..

Here we go. I have a nice system at work that I want to put Linux on but my only problem is that were on a Token Ring Network. The current network cards that we use here are Madge Smart 100/16/4 PCI Token Ring Card. I have tried to install it but I cant seem to find the right drivers for because my kernel is not supported when it was tested. I have tried different flavors of Linux but I cant seem to get the card to work. Also I have found the source code for it below you can read the read me file. Im not sure of what to do at this point I have tried everything I know and I really need some help. Also I dont know if this means anything but were also running DHCP here. I dont this should be a problem if I get the card working. Im willing to try anything at this point.

Please some help me.

( update )

I was reading the readme,. and it saidd something about building the driver now,. I followed the read to a T but when I ge to the point of

"make install" is asking me for the kernel headers?
it gives me something like {/usr/src/linux} but nothing is there.
I tred to install the kernel header but its saids that is already installed ---

I'm really confuesd now and I would like some help ,....
Old 02-08-2002, 02:33 PM   #2
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I have never used token ring before, so I can't give you any lessons from personal experience (sorry!). It sounds like from your post that you need to:

a) Install the kernel source. You need it to install that driver you downloaded.

b) Check out a couple of websites:

Hope that helps!
Old 02-08-2002, 03:02 PM   #3
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Source Code


How would I know if I have the source code installed ?
if I dont where would I get the code from ?
What do I do with the code once I get it ?
Old 02-08-2002, 04:21 PM   #4
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If you don't have anything in /usr/src/linux, you don't have the source installed.

Your distro cd should and will have it. The easiest thing for you to do is install the package from that cd. It might be called something like 'kernel-src-linux-2.4.16.rpm' or something like that. A useful habit to get into: 'man'. If you don't know how to use your distributions package management tool, then this is the time to start. First determine you distribution. If it is Redhat, Mandrake or SuSE, you use 'rpm'. If it is Debian you use 'dpkg' or 'apt-get'. If it is Slackware, use 'installpkg'. Just read about the appropriate tool by typing 'man name_of_package_tool'.
Or download the source from Check your driver's README to find out what kernel version you need to be running. After downloading:
cd /usr/src
either tar -zxvf /path_to_download/linux-package.tar.gz
or tar -yxvg /path_to_download/linux-package.tar.bz2
Then consult the README that came with your driver and check out the 'howto' links I already gave you.

A few other helpful links that will always serve you well:


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