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Hello all, I'm just about to take the plunge and install onto my IBM 600X, before I do this are there any pitfalls anyone knows about? I'm totally new to ...
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    Mandrake 10 on IBM laptop


    Hello all,

    I'm just about to take the plunge and install onto my IBM 600X, before I do this are there any pitfalls anyone knows about? I'm totally new to this stuff, I just cba to pay microsoft any more money.

    Dan

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    Linux laptop support can be a bit iffy in areas like power management. Good luck. Let us know how it goes for you! And welcome to Linux.

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    Well, everything seemed to go swimmingly. Install was painless, found my PCMCIA network card straight away. I downloaded a file for my w/lan card and saved it in my home directory, but (and sorry if this a really stupid question) I don't know what to do with it. It's

    rtl8180_linuxdrv_v15_rh90.zip

    Thanks for any help

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    I cant rember how to exract a .zip, the tar gz and bz2 externsions are much more common in linux, but try extracingthe file with something like ark.
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    Remember that I'm a dope/noob. I extracted the files and saved them to my home directory, I'm confuzzled as to how to proceed.


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    Look for one labeld README or INSTALL drivers generaly have very individualized installation methods.
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    Laptop installs...

    Hi.. I have been using Linux Distros for some time now on laptops.. the only problem i have seems to be with mandrake 10 comm on a packard bell m5 notebook, hanging after power down.. this i guess may be the way laptop screens are set to run?.. but other than that never a problem.. even on ibm notebooks..
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    When I extracted the zip file I ended up with this,


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    i know this doens't really help, but in general when you download something for linux and uncompress it, you should go into the console/command line and get to where you extracted them. from there usually

    ./configure
    make
    make install

    will do what you need it to do. since it's a wifi card i dont know, i didn't see a configure file in what you posted... i'm assuming you looked at the readme file it has, if not it may have some direction for you.

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    Well, I did all that, the file is now part of the kernel (if that's the right phrase), but still nuts. If I run hardrake i can see my wifi pcmcia card, but when I run the config tool the list doesn't contain my driver. My wife is getting fed up with my laptop on the livingroom floor and I don't want a divorce.

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