Drivers for Red Hat

Jack Schillaci
Occasional Contributor

Drivers for Red Hat

I recently installed Red Hat v. 7.2 on my HP Pavillion N3110 notebook. I was wondering if anyone could give me a heads up about where I can find drivers.

First, I was wondering if there is a driver for basic notebook components like my modem and monitor. Right now, the monitor runs under a generic SVGA driver which works OK, but if I run the KDE interface, it turns my monitor off for about five minutes right after I log in. As far as the modem goes, I'm fairly sure Linux has no idea where it is.

Second, I have a U.S. Robotics wireless Ethernet card. I actually downloaded something from Absolute Software that is supposed to work, but can't get it to install properly yet. It wants me to give it the directory of my kernel source, but it's default is wrong, and I can't figure out where it really is. Does anyone know (I'm running Red Hat v. 7.2)? The documentation for the "driver" also claims that you can download the actual binaries from their ftp site, but I have yet to figure out how.

Any help anyone could provide would be appreciated.
Frank Gilsdorf

Re: Drivers for Red Hat

Hi Jack

look at

they have all kind of information about linunx on notebooks. You can search there for your cards and controllers.

Good luck...

Mubedi Kaninda
New Member

Re: Drivers for Red Hat


the kernel sources are usually kept under /usr/src/linux.
Red Hat 7.2 keeps the source under /usr/src/linux-2.4 which is really a link to /usr/src/linux-2.4.7-10

Try to add another symbolic link /usr/src/linux that also points to /usr/src/linux-2.4.7-10

Hope this helps
Eric Ladner
Trusted Contributor

Re: Drivers for Red Hat

Another thing that may be an issue is that the install correctly dectected your video display, but never added any higher modes. For that, and first thing I'd try, is run the Xconfigurator (XConfigurator?) and go through the prompts. Don't select a resolution mode higher than your LCD supports.

If that doesn't work.. As far as drivers for X, you need to find out what type of chip is used for the video display. After that, it's fairly easy to look up the documentation ( edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file to match your setup.