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    1st Linux install - SuSE 9.0 Pro - basic software/drivers...


    First off, let me say that I am the most newb of newbs, so please be clear on anything and everything you reply.

    I've decided to make the switch, and to start off, I received a copy of SuSE 9.0 Professional. Everything installed fine onto my older HP Pavilion Celeron (though it only used 2 of the 5 discs, I have no idea what the others are for) except for the internet, which I almost expected. I have a Belkin wireless 54g PCI card which has a Broadcom chipset, so Linux couldn't do anything with it. Other than that everything seems fine.

    So I came on to my other PC to troubleshoot, and as it turns out, I needed to get this ndiswrapper thing. So I downloaded that, took my floppy upstairs, and attempted to follow the instructions. Needless to say, I didn't get very far.

    I went into Konsole (which looked like it might be for this kind of thing), and I tried installing this under the Root Console, Linux Console, and one other, I don't remember what exactly. I could untar the file fine, but after I would cd into the directory, nothing would work. I tried for hours, "./configure" "make" "make install" all gave me 'No file or directory exists' type of message. And that's how far I got in my attempt to reconfigure my network card for Linux. There has to be something really basic I'm missing, because I don't understand how these commands don't work.

    I forgot to mention something. During my dismal installation attempt, I discovered that ndiswrapper needs Kernel 2.4.26. Sure enough, I checked, and all I have is 2.4.21. So I downloaded the updates for both 2.4.30 and 2.6.11.7, tossed them on to the floppy and ran back upstairs... to the same problem. These didn't install either. No "./configure", "make" or "make install". I don't understand what I am doing wrong.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    Re: 1st Linux install - SuSE 9.0 Pro - basic software/driver

    Quote Originally Posted by g4f
    I've decided to make the switch, and to start off, I received a copy of SuSE 9.0 Professional. Everything installed fine onto my older HP Pavilion Celeron (though it only used 2 of the 5 discs, I have no idea what the others are for)
    The other 3 discs will be for extra apps that you haven't chosen to install.

    As for your ndiswrapper problem, i am not too sure. sorry
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    I feel you on the ndiswraper problem, but I haven't had much luck with it myself. For the kernel version problem, though, I'd recommend installing a newer version of SuSE (they're almost up to 9.3 Pro now, in a week or so). Version 9.2 Pro is available for free download from SuSE, see the sticky at the top of the SuSE forum. You *could* just update your kernel, but a newer install will be less daunting for a newbie and will also help with other unforeseen problems you may have with using an older version.
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    The problem with that is that this computer does not have a DVD burner, only a CD burner. So I could download the 64MB ISO file, however, then I would have to FTP the rest of the stuff you need... which doesn't help me because I can't even get to online from this computer due to my whole ndiswrapper issue anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by g4f
    The problem with that is that this computer does not have a DVD burner, only a CD burner. So I could download the 64MB ISO file, however, then I would have to FTP the rest of the stuff you need... which doesn't help me because I can't even get to online from this computer due to my whole ndiswrapper issue anyway
    Don't know what to tell you. If you have $9.95 handy you can order the DVD or the 5 CDROMs from places like LinuxCD.org. SuSE is not the easiest distro to get for free. I imagine Novell does it on purpose, otherwise there would be no reason to buy it. In my opinion, it's well worth the price.
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