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i am very new to lunix (1 day), and i am trying to learn smile.gif

i downloaded the driver needed for RTL 8180, and it says in the README file:

< Installation >
Please try to load linux_24x.o first by "insmod -f rtl8180_24x.o".

but i have no idea where to put that command, could someone please let me know how to handle this from scratch
i am using RH Fedora.

thanks in advance
Open a terminal window. In most distros, that would be on the Menu - System Tools - Terminal ... If you are not currently logged in as the user named root, you must become the root user in the terminal window with the command:

su - root

enter the root user's password that you created when you installed linux.

If you don't know what your current user is ... type the command:


If you logged in as another user at the main prompt, then the root user is only logged in at the terminal window ... all the other items launched from the menu will be opened as the main user ... anything launched from the root terminal window will be launched by the root user.
Once you are root in the terminal window, you can follow the instructions....

If you need any more help, please point me to the file you downloaded the drivers from and tell me your Linux Distribution and Version.....
i did what you said, thanks, but it didn't really work:i got the following:

Warning: kernel-module version mismatch
/home/kyng/MyPrograms/rtl8180/rtl8180_24x.o was compiled for kernel version 2.4.20-8
while this kernel is version 2.4.22-1.2179.nptl
Warning: loading /home/kyng/MyPrograms/rtl8180/rtl8180_24x.o will taint the kernel: forced load

the site i got the driver from is:
which the latest version on the site is: Linux kernel 2.4.20 (gcc version 3.2.2)

you have the wrong kernel source then,

please use apt-get install kernel-source
and chose the correct kernel source

uname -r to see your kernel version

apt-get install kernel-source#(uname -r kernel version here)

and compile it again from source

Robert B
i have to type, "apt-get install kernel-source" in the terminal?

i am logged in as root
when i do that i get, "-bash: apt-get: command not found"


download this file :

to /home

cd /home
rpm -Uvh
apt-get update
apt-get install kernel-source#(your kernel version here)

optional [if you have fast internet connection] : apt-get dist-upgrade [will upgrade all your packages to the latest version]

Yes, you type all these command in a terminal.

Robert B
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