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Old 10-25-2008, 09:58 PM   #1
king-o-noob
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Unhappy how do install ndiswrapper?....cant use add/remove software


so im using fedora 7 and i have NO CLUE how to install stuff, i have these programs and updates saved via usbs to my desktop that i need to install so i can get my internet working....they include... ndiswrapper-1.5,wireless_tools.29,broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0, and something called patch-2.6.28-rc1
 
Old 10-26-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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so im using fedora 7 and i have NO CLUE how to install stuff, i have these programs and updates saved via usbs to my desktop that i need to install so i can get my internet working....they include... ndiswrapper-1.5,wireless_tools.29,broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0, and something called patch-2.6.28-rc1
I will assume, then, that you don't have any repos installed other than Fedora and Extras...
First, get the Livna repo...Go to http://rpm.livna.org/rlowiki/ and get the Livna Fedora 7 repo by clicking on the "Fedora 7 Repository RPM" link. Once this is intalled you can download and install ndiswrapper as an RPM:
Code:
yum --enablerepo livna install ndiswrapper
...and ndiswrapper will be installed. Do the same with the Freshrpms/DAG Wieers repos (Google is your friend) for the other apps. You can also download the specific RPMs from their respective sites; when I ran Fedora I did that often because it's a _very_bad_thing_ to mix stuff from Freshrpms and Livna. To do this, make sure you use "Open with System-Install-Packages" instead of saving the RPMs themselves.If the packages you already have are RPMs then you should be able to open them with the same app or, open up a terminal and do
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rpm -Uvh /path/to/app/<appname>.rpm
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Depending on where you got the programs you already have saved on your desktop, they are likely .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 files, which you would need to extract and compile yourself; if you're up to it you can extract those to your home directory and follow the install instructions in the README file you'll most likely find in the extracted directory. RPMs are a safer route for n00bs (package management is, after all, meant to make things easier) because they're put together specifically for your arch/version so there are no guessing-games involved.

I don't know how far along your F7 install is (AFAIK Fedora no longer supports 7) but you shouldn't need to patch your kernel to 2.6.28rc1 to get wireless going, I've personally gotten wireless to work in F7 (on a Dell no less) with the stock kernel..that's what the "patch-2.6.28-rc1" is, a patch for the kernel; applying it requires recompiling the kernel which is generally not recommended for those still new to Linux. If, however, you're interested there are a number of good howto's out there which will show you what it's about; like compiling your own apps from source as mentioned above, it's a good way to really understand how Linux works. Unfortunately it's also a good way to torque your entire install if you get it wrong.
 
  


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