Installing and Compiling a driver...

Discussion in 'Kernel Questions' started by MikeX, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. MikeX

    MikeX New Member

    After having numerous problems getting my Linksys eg1032v3 cards to work in Mandrake 10.0 I decided to just go with a temporary solution untill I get my Intel cards in...

    **  VIA Networking Velocity Family Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
    **  Linux Driver
    **  v1.21  Jul, 2005
        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
        [b]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[/b]
        7) Reboot now:
            shutdown -r now
       [b] 8) Install your driver module (If the driver module is in the wrong place,
           an error message will appear, and say that can't find the driver
            insmod velocityget.o[/b]
        9) Use ifconfig command to assign the IP address, where # is network
           interface number:
            ifconfig eth# <IP>
        10) Check the interface works:
             ping <remote_host_IP>
    OK... so I'm a complete noob at linux... I have no idea how to do steps 5, 6, & 8... Could anyone walk me through it?

    I'm using Mandrake 10.0. :)

    Thank you.

  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    What's the output of
    ls -l /temp/velocityget 
    uname -a
    What's the output of
    ls -la /lib/modules

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