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hello all, i have just installed 2.6.5 kernel of slackware 11. i have a compaq presario SR1720il. my ethernet adapter is Realtek RTL8139 (NIC) my sound card also seems to ...
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    Unable to install drivers


    hello all,
    i have just installed 2.6.5 kernel of slackware 11.
    i have a compaq presario SR1720il.
    my ethernet adapter is Realtek RTL8139 (NIC)
    my sound card also seems to be Realtek ALC883 (high definition)
    unfortunately both the drivers that i downloaded
    do not seem to be working
    either i am not installing them properly or i did not get the proper drivers.
    please help me out here

    these are the codecs i used

    for ethernet card:
    ftp://202.65.194.18/cn/nic/slackware80-8139.zip

    for sound card:
    ftp://209.216.61.149/pc/audio/realte...3.5-6b.tar.bz2

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    Quote Originally Posted by riodeuno
    i have just installed 2.6.5 kernel of slackware 11.
    i have a compaq presario SR1720il.
    Do you really mean a 2.6.5 kernel ? That's very old, I doubt it will give you satisfaction on this machine.

    I suggest you use the latest stable kernel instead : 2.6.19.2

    Quote Originally Posted by riodeuno
    my ethernet adapter is Realtek RTL8139 (NIC)
    my sound card also seems to be Realtek ALC883 (high definition)
    The drivers for both of these are included in the latest linux kernel.

    2 (mutually exclusive) modules are available for this network card : 8139cp or 8139too.

    As for you sound card, the module is called snd_hda_intel.

    Linux is quite different then Windows in that aspect : you (almost) never need to install drivers (except for proprietary video cards drivers).
    "To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow."

    -Bruce Lee

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    please give me the details

    hey thanks for the reply
    can you help me out here please

    *where can i get the latest stanble kernel version?
    *what is the procedure to install it?
    *do i need to install the whole slackware 11 again?
    *once i have changed the kernel, how am i supposed to use these modules to get my network and audio working?

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    also i am using huge26.s
    is that new enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riodeuno
    also i am using huge26.s
    is that new enough?
    Yes, everything should work with that kernel, as it is based on 2.6.17.13 (see release notes).

    Make sure the appropriate modules are loaded :
    Code:
    /sbin/lsmod | grep 8139
    and
    Code:
    /sbin/lsmod | grep hda
    should tell you.

    If not, take a look in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules
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    hey thanks again for having a look at my problem,
    i tried both the codes that you stated
    they both did not give me any results
    nor did it give any warning or error,

    also how do i know what version of kernel i am using
    during installation i used huge26.s
    but in my folder of /usr/src i see only a folder called linux and another called linux2.4.33.3, but no folder named linux2.6.17.3 or something.
    does this mean that i donot have the kernel 2.6.X installed???

    also what am i supposed to do with my /etc/rc.d/rc.modules file?

    will recompiling my kernel help?

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    You can verify which kernel you are using with this command :
    Code:
    uname -a
    The file /etc/rc.d/rc.modules is use to decide which module you want to load at startup. As for your sound card, you can run :
    Code:
    alsaconf
    to configure it.

    You can find more information in the Slackbook.

    Of course Slackware is not a Linux distribution for beginners. That's the whole point : Slackware doesn't try to configure your system automatically, you must choose each modules to load manually.

    If you want an easy distro, if you are not willing to work hard in order to simply make your system work, then you should probably look elsewhere : Ubuntu, Mandriva, Suse, etc.
    "To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow."

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    hey thanks for helping me out,
    the following might be good information regarding my problem,
    alsaconfig does not auto detect my sound card
    please tell me what am i supposed to do to make this work ,


    here is the
    /sbin/lspci result
    00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Xpress 200 Host Bridge (rev 01)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
    00:11.0 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc ATI 437A Serial ATA Controller (rev 80)
    00:12.0 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc ATI 4379 Serial ATA Controller (rev 80)
    00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller (rev 80)
    00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller (rev 80)
    00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB2 Host Controller (rev 80)
    00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 SMBus Controller (rev 81)
    00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller ATI (rev 80)
    00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SB450 HDA Audio (rev 01)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-ISA Bridge (rev 80)
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-PCI Bridge (rev 80)
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RC410 [Radeon Xpress 200]
    02:03.0 Communication controller: Agere Systems Unknown device 0620
    02:05.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
    02:06.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 80)

    "lsmod" result is

    Module Size Used by
    please help me out here
    also
    when i call
    alsamixer the result is the following

    alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device

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    I already gave you the solution : you must load the proper modules.

    Unfortunately you didn't post your kernel identity yet, so I can only suppose that you are using the 2.6.17.13 kernel.

    Verify that you are using a 2.6 kernel :
    Code:
    uname -a
    Then just load the proper modules :
    Code:
    /sbin/modprobe 8139too
    /sbin/modprobe snd-hda-intel
    Then go on with :
    Code:
    alsaconf
    and
    Code:
    netconfig
    Then uncomment the proper modules so they get loaded at startup (in /etc/rc.d/modules).

    I repeat : Slackware is not an easy distro. Especially if you are new to Linux, you will need to do quite some work to get it working.
    "To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow."

    -Bruce Lee

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    hey thanks a lot for helping me out
    i finally got it working after installing the appropriate packages
    i had to upgrade my kernel from 2.6.17.3 to 2.6.18
    thanks a lot

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