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Old 12-09-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
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Wireless USB Support

Today, I've installed fedora 12 on my PC. The post install configuration is complicated by the fact that I have a wireless connection to the internet (netgear WG111T USB adapter). And given that the install seems to assume so many defaults I expected that to be the least of my problems.

So, I've downloaded madwifi driver to hopefully address the network side of things. However, madwifi stipulates that I need the kernel-devel package in order to build the madwifi installables; and kernel-devel doesn't exist in my build, or on the live cd image I built it from. Given that yum assumes I have an active internet connection can someone explain to me how I can pull a repo down to my Win XP image and then make it available from disk within fedora?

Right now, I can go no further and rpm trees that I've found have too many dependencies for me to determine exactly what rpms I should or shouldn't be downloading.


p.s. I also have a WN111v2 adapter (802.11n) that I need to get working.
Old 12-09-2009, 12:45 PM   #2
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There is probably a prebuilt madwifi drive in one of the repos.

Go to the repo and just grab the kernel-devel that matches your running kernel(they have to be a matched pair). Transfer the rpm over to your F12 box. Then 'yum localinstall packagename'. There should be no other dependencies for kernel-devel. For other packages yum will list the unavailable dependencies. You just go back and grab those dependencies and install them first(some things are interdependent so you have to install them both simultaneously with one yum command). Now what sometimes occurs is that your dependencies have dependencies of there own(which means another cycle). This is why yum is so useful(once you have an internet connection), because it just handles getting the dependencies automatically. If you can just temporarily run an Ethernet cable it makes life a lot simpler. I keep a 75 footer that gets borrowed a lot just for these occasions.


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