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  1. #1
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Lahore, Pakistan

    How to enable loadable modules... ?

    I have a centrino notebook and its wireless adapter intel Pro 2100's linux driver is under development. I got the under developement driver and i am trying to install it. According to the instructions i have to get into the unzipped directory and run the " make " command.

    I did and the result is the following error i message i got. Can anyone guide me how to fix that error ?

    [root@localhost ipw2100-0.40-pre2]# make
    make -C /lib/modules/2.4.22-1.2115.nptl/build SUBDIRS=/home/hasan/ipw2100-0.40-pre2 BUILD_DIR=/home/hasan/ipw2100-0.40-pre2 modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl'

    The present kernel configuration has modules disabled.
    Type 'make config' and enable loadable module support.
    Then build a kernel with module support enabled.

    make[1]: *** [modules] Error 1
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl'
    make: *** [modules] Error 2
    [root@localhost ipw2100-0.40-pre2]#

  2. #2
    Linux Engineer Giro's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    You will need to recompile your Kernel and add support for LKM's.

  3. #3
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Lahore, Pakistan
    Ooooo Nnooooo !!!!!!

    How will i do it? I heard kernel recompilation is something that only gurus or above average Linux user can handle.

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  5. #4
    Linux Engineer
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    Jul 2003
    Stockholm, Sweden
    recompiling the kernel is easy and shout not be avoided as its a massivly powerfull way to optimise your system. it is certainly not just for gurus or even moderatly advanced users.

    when the kernel source is installed properly this is how you would recompile your kernel:

    cd /usr/src/linux
    make menuconfig

    [edit kernel options int his menu]

    make dep && make clean bzImage modules modules_install

    mount /boot
    cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/

  6. #5
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Lahore, Pakistan
    If i have to recompile the kernel, then i should recompile and install kernel 2.6? Right now i have Fedora Core 1 (2.4 kernel).

  7. #6

    Please help

    I got same messages of "make config with loadable module support"

    It just surprises me, that I don't have loadable modules enabled, since I had previously compiled the module of my modem (intel 537.o) and the modem is working ok

    How do I get that kernel report showing what it has enabled and what is not?


  8. #7
    Hi, Is not necessary recompile the kernel, just copy:




    and try to compile again......

    Hasta la vista....

  9. #8

    Thanks GSolari

    Hi Dear everyone:

    thanks for the help, I bookmarked this thread for any future need, but since I posted the question in october, many things have happened including the fact that I removed my old hard disk with RH8 (to not erase it just like that) and bought a new one in which I installed the then fresh SuSE 9.2.

    I've been working very cool with it and everything works fine. SuSE is a great distro.


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