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Re: how are drivers loaded in a d-linux box?


On Fri, 10 Sep 1999, pplaw wrote:

> i have a  question, to which an answer is obvious probably to all but
> me, regarding the modem driver, as my bootable linux box just gives me
> a  prompt  when i "pon," regardless of  the modem label (/dev/ttyS01;
> /dev/ttyS02...):    how does a newly reformatted hard drive, previously
> running win98, recognize a modem (or any device, for that matter) if
> there isn't a micro$oft o/s for a driver install?

First, the devices are commonly /dev/ttyS0, /dev/ttyS1, /dev/ttyS2 (not
S01 etc).

For a modem, the first step is to make sure you don't have a winmodem.
Look at http://www.o2.net/~gromitkc/winmodem.html. If you have a winmodem,
you're out of luck for the time being. If not, try using the pppconfig
utility to make sure everything is set up properly.

As for devices in general, most of the drivers are in the kernel if
they're available at all (you may need to recompile, depending how exotic
the device). A few vendors are beginning to offer Linux drivers, but not
many have yet.

Usually, user-space programs are also needed to interface those devices.
Debian has a good selection of these, and you can always download programs
off the 'net and compile them yourself as well.

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