I've just installed Fedora for the first time, and I have to say that I am very impressed with what I've seen so far.
The laptop I'm using seems stable, with the exception of random mouse freezes (when using the mouse on the laptop, it seems fine using a USB mouse!), the screen display is being limited to 800x600 instead of 1024x768 and my PCMCIA network card simlpy does not work (although the build in NIC does).
My priority is to get the wireless PCMCIA card working, it's an NWH1022 802.11b model. I've found a link that has a linux version for Redhat 8 and Redhat 9 - but will that work with Fedora? Please see the link here
. The full install instructions for RedHat 9 are copied within this post at the end.
Next I would like to fix the mouse problem. I've seached the forums and it seems like I could consider turning off GPM, SELINUX and CPUSPEED. Ok, I'm a newbie to this OS so I have no idea what GPM is, and I think I disabled SELINUX from the System->Administration->Security and Firewall->SELINUX and selecting DISABLED?
how do I turn off GPM, what is it?
how do I turn off CPUSPEED, what is it?
Can I monitor the CPU / memory like I could in Windows?
Is there a way to install drivers for the laptop (Advent 6415 Combo, SIS 630), AMIBIOS 2.04
I've seen some references to 'console', how do I launch this! I can get to the 'terminal' but I'm guessing this is something else because all the commands do not work, i.e. x -version?
Please help !!
RedHat 9.0 --> Kernel Version 2.4.18-20
2.How to install the driver
I. Reinstall Pcmcia card service:
1) The driver now is only compatibile with pcmcia-cs-3.1.22, please re-install
the pcmcia service first.
2) untar the package using the command:
tar zxvf pcmcia-cs-3.1.22.tar.gz
3) Make sure you have configured kernel and pcmcia sources on your system.
4) To clean up any unwanted files accidentally included in the tar package,
run 'make clean'.
5) To configure the pcmcia package, run 'make config' and respond
to the questions. The defaults should be sufficient for most
users. 'make config' must be run after a 'make clean' and
before 'make all'.
6) To build the package, run 'make all'
7) To install the package, run 'make install' (as root).
8) run 'depmod -a'
9) Restart pcmcia card service, run '/etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia restart'
10) If your system fail to bring up pcmcia service
and show "Starting PCMCIA services: module directory /lib/modules/2.4.20-8/pcmcia not found."
please run below procedure:
a. cd /lib/modules/2.4.20-8
b. ln -s ./kernel/drivers/pcmcia/ pcmcia
c. restart your pcmcia service again
11) Run 'cardmgr -V' and make sure your pcmcia card sevice version is 3.1.22
II. Install drivers.
1) untar the module 2.4.20-8.tar.gz
2) Copy tiacx_cb.o to /lib/modules/2.4.20-8/pcmcia/
3) Copy tiacxdl to /sbin/
4) Copy other files (tiacx11.bin,tiacx15.bin,tiacx_cb,tiacx_cb.conf,ti acx_cb.opts
,tiacxgen.bin,tiacxsn.bin) to /etc/pcmcia/
5) Edit the /etc/pcmcia/tiacx_cb.opts file to configure like SSID, WEP,etc. These
options are set every time you insert a card. If you want to change an option
after the initial configuration, a) pop your card out, b) alter the
file, c) insert your card.
6) Create the file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ethx (x depends on
your network adapter number, you should choose the right one to configure
your WLAN adapter. In almost case, x is the greatest number plus one. For
example, if the file [ifcfg-eth0] has existed, we will need to create a
file named ifcfg-eth1.)
After you create the file, you should insert the following message (
according to your network configuration, such as IP, gateway...) in this
file and then save it and exit.(in this example, the file name is
ONBOOT=yes ## automatically start when the system boot up
7) Restart network service with the command:
8) Insert the card. If successfully, Your WLAN card should work successfully
by using the ping command to test your network condition.
P.S. Sometimes, the setup script will alter /etc/pcmcia/tiacx_cb.opts
unpromptly, if that happens, change it to your setting again, then
redo the step 9.