Linux Drivers

By CaptPajamaShark
Oct 7, 2007
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  1. I have a comp running Fedora 7. I needed a new driver for my wireless card, but after making the file I do not know where it went or how to install it. I am new at Linux and would appreciate some help.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,040   +223

    once the code has been downloaded, a typical Linux install looks like:


    mkdir $xxx
    cp $somepackage $xxx/
    cd xxx
    ./configure
    make
    make install​
    where $xxx is the directory you wish to build and install products in.
  3. CaptPajamaShark

    CaptPajamaShark Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    I'm a bit of a linux newb and I'd like to know if it matters where I make it too...or what? If so where should I make a driver?

    Also is "somepackage" where the makefiles are located?

    Help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,040   +223

    First, you will need root access to perform the last step.

    Developers typically create a directory for new coding projects, eg
    cd ~
    mkdir dev​
    each project goes into its own directory
    cd dev
    mkdir somepackage​
    cd somepackage and the code is written (or in your case downloaded) in this directory.
    All the steps are performed here (like expanding the tar.gz and make)

    the last step is to su root while still located here and then perform
    make install
    when done, issue exit to terminate the root shell and return to
    your nomal login.
  5. CaptPajamaShark

    CaptPajamaShark Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Thank you, I now have my Atheros wireless card in the system menu.

    But I still have another problem. When I boot up during the details it says "determining IP for eth0...failure check cable?"

    Unfortunatly it is a wireless card and there is no cable.

    If it matters I am using a Linksys wireless router for the other end of the connection.
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