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Re: upgrade the kernel?

Incoming from Tim Harrison:
> Hi all.  First time linux user.  Trying to get a netgear wireless card
> running on my Dell Inspiron 5000e laptop.  I've got debian 3.0r1
> with

   Note: I don't know that card, nor whatever special requirements it may

First, you could do "apt-get update ; apt-get upgrade" and that would
take you to 3.0r2

> 2.2.20-idepci (is that an appropriate kernel for a laptop?).  Hacked my way

Depends on what you're doing.  2.4.23 is currently most reccomended,
but (depending on what you're doing, and especially on a laptop) 2.2.x
may be just as good for you.  Then again, 2.6.0 just went "live"
yesterday ...

> through the debian installation and pcmcia configuration.  Now I get this
> showing up in syslog:
> Dec 19 13:41:19 pain cardmgr[649]: starting, version is 3.1.33
> Dec 19 13:41:19 pain cardmgr[649]: watching 2 sockets
> Dec 19 13:41:19 pain cardmgr[649]: socket 0: NETGEAR MA401RA Wireless PC
> Dec 19 13:41:19 pain cardmgr[649]: executing: 'modprobe hermes'
> Dec 19 13:41:19 pain cardmgr[649]: + modprobe: Can't locate module hermes
> Ok, looks like I'm missing some modules (whatever those are).  So I dig
> around in dselect and find pcmcia-modules-2.2.22-idepci.  But that's for
> kernel 2.2.22.  I've got 2.2.20.  Strange.
> Ok, I'll update to the 2.2.22 kernel.  Nope.  Can't find that in dselect.

"apt-cache search kernel-image" doesn't turn up 2.2.22, correct.

> We've got lots of 2.2.20, 2.4.16, and 2.4.18 kernel images, but no 2.2.22.
> And I only see pcmcia-modules for 2.2.22 and 2.4.18-bf2.4.  Why do
> pcmcia-modules and the kernel images not line up?

Sucks, no?  However, "apt-cache search kernel-source" turns up:

   kernel-source-2.2.22 - Linux kernel source for version 2.2.22

among others.  So, recompile your kernel.

> Hmmm.  So my HIGHLY trained linux mind (sarcasm) tells me one or more of the
> following is going on:
> 1) I need to build my own kernel and pcmcia modules.

Yup.  Or change kernels (via binary package).

> 2) I've misconfigured sources.list.

Perhaps, but I kinda doubt it.  Try the lines I entered above to make

> 3) I need to find the right manual so I can rtfm.

What does, "file:///usr/share/doc/mozilla-browser/localstart.html" do
for you?

> 4) I should post this to debian-user.

Here will do too.  :-)

> 5) I need to stop drinking liquids now if I plan on sitting through the 3.5
> hour "Lord of the Rings."

Go ahead, fritter your life away.  =[8]-)

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