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4th-Sep-2007 01:17 am(no subject)

> Didn't you disabled the touchpad ?
> fn + F7
> --
> Panic, chaos & disorder, my work here is donehttp://beginnerslinux.org


2nd: this f****g touchpad costed me 10 installs, 3 distributions and
alsmost 2 days behind my XPrunning computer on google, usenet, irc and

Some sort of "check the printer cable connection" thing.
Hope I made you a funny day ;-) And I should better RTFM!

Thanks a lot.
17th-Jun-2007 06:04 pm(no subject)

USB HDTV Tuner Stick for Windows & Linux (Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950)

Written by luna6


Hauppauge has released a fairly nifty USB 2.0 tv tuner stick, about the size of a lighter, that can receive free over the air HDTV and analog cable tv signals. The product also includes a very handy mini HDTV antenna that is capable of receiving high definition broadcasts within a 10 mile radius of a high definition broadcast tower. You could as an example, attach the included mini antenna to the HVR-950 and then plug it in to your laptop to watch HDTV broadcasts while you are sitting in a coffee shop or in an airport terminal. A cd-rom also comes with the product which includes drivers for Windows and software for television viewing & recording in Windows. I must say that for a suggested retail price of $99, the WinTV-HVR-950 provides quite a good deal. The icing on the cake is that the HVR-950 works just as good in Linux. Toread the review click the “Read the rest of this entry” link.

WinTV-HVR-950 hybrid TV stick features:

*Watch analog cable TV or the new ATSC HD digital TV on your PC or laptop screen! ATSC HD is the over-the-air high definition TV standard for North America.
*No need to open your PC: just plug into your USB 2.0 port. Note: will not work with USB 1.1
*Includes Hauppauge’s WinTV2000 application to watch and record TV, in a window or full screen. If you live in an area where you can receive both digital and analog TV, you can switch between analog and digital channels automatically.
*Includes WinTV-Scheduler, so you can record your favorite TV programs on a daily, weekly or once only schedule.

Digital ATSC HD TV features:

*ATSC over-the-air digital TV receiver built-in. Supports all ATSC formats, up to the high definition 1080i format!
*Record ATSC digital TV to your PC’s hard disk using high quality MPEG-2. ATSC digital TV recordings will typically consume from 1 to 5 Gb of disk space per hour, depending upon the TV broadcasters ATSC format.

Analog TV features:

*Analog cable TV receiver built-in. Will also work with TV antenna.
*Record analog TV shows to your PC’s hard disk using our SoftPVR™ MPEG-2 encoder. Analog TV recordings will typically consume 1.5 Gb of disk space per hour.


In Windows, the product generally worked well, although there were a few caveats. As the manual states, if you plug this device into a different USB port on your computer you will have to reinstall the drivers. Once you have installed the drivers for all the different ports, then you should not have to reinstall the drivers again. If you plug the device into the same USB port then reinstallation of the drivers are not necessary. As a slight understatement, I would say that their solution is less than ideal.

Another negative about the product is the WinTV2000 software that comes with the HVR-950. I found the software to be buggy, ugly, and quite a pain to use. The problems I had with the WinTV2000 software was with the software’s ability (or lack of ability) to view HDTV signals. On one of the more common channels in my area, WWL-TV, the video size would not show correctly and there would be video distortion on the screen. You can view image #2 on the screenshots below to see for yourself. Although all the channels did not exhibit this behavior, the channels that did have this problem made the software unwatchable. Furthermore, I did have the software crash on me on a few occasions. An easy way around this problem is to install (and purchase) 3rd party software for TV viewing, like Snapstream’s BeyondTV. Once I had installed BeyondTV, I was impressed with the HVR-950’s picture quality. Unfortunately, BeyondTV is not free, so unless you have already purchased the program (like I did), then you will have to pay more money for software to work with the WinTV-HVR-950.

Some of the aspects of the HVR-950 that did impress me were the dimunuitive size of the USB tuner, its included mini HDTV antenna, video quality of HDTV while using BeyondTV, and it’s fairly inexpensive price of $99. As stated earlier, Hauppage’s HVR-950 is capable of receiving FREE over the air HDTV signals and analog cable signals. This product is not compatible with digital cable service, which is no big deal for me because I do not subscribe to such service.

CPU usage on my setup computer (AMD X2 4400, 1 gig of ram, Nvidia 6600 GT) ran in the 15%-25% for HDTV viewing. The picture quaity for HDTV was nothing short of amazing. As an example, the difference in visual quality between a DVD and HDTV is like the difference between cassettes and compact discs. Furthermore, over the air HDTV is free in cost and you do not need to subscribe to any pay service to view such broadcasts. Also, note that the tuner does not provide hardware encoding, so for standard cable television viewing, you should have a reasonably modern cpu for optimal software encoding.

A neat “trick” you can do with the HVR-950 is that if you want to receive both free “over the air” HDTV broadcasts and analog cable televsion broadcasts, without having to swap connections, you can use a passive coaxial cable tv splitter and reverse the connections, thus combining the signals. This procedure would require you to plug in the HDTV antenna cable to one of the “outputs” on the splitter and plug in the cable tv coaxial cable into the other “output” on the splitter. Then, plug in a coaxial cable from the “input” on the splitter into the HVR-950’s coax input jack. You can now have the best of both worlds without having to switch cables between over the air HDTV broadcasts and analog cable broadcasts.

The included mini HDTV antenna is a passive (unamplified) antenna that works within a 10 mile radius of a high definition broadcast tower. To see how far away you live from HDTV broadcast towers, you should visit AntennaWeb.org. If you live further than 10 miles from the broadcast towers or have tall buildings surrounding your home, then you should look into purchasing another antenna that antennaweb.org recommends.





Since I don’t use Windows very much, I was more interested in the HVR-950’s Linux capabilities. I wasn’t sure if it would work in Linux, but after doing some research and experimentation, I am happy to report that the HVR-950 can work in Linux with MythTV! The Hauppage HVR-950 is based on Empia’s EM2880 chipset and with the proper modules loaded, the HVR-950 works without any major problems in Linux.

For Ubuntu’s Feisty Fawn :

sudo su

apt-get install mercurial linux-headers-$(uname -r) linux-source build-essential

cd /lib/firmware

wget http://konstantin.filtschew.de/v4l-firmware/firmware_v4.tgz

tar xvzf firmware_v4.tgz

hg clone http://mcentral.de/hg/~mrec/v4l-dvb-experimental

cd v4l-dvb-experimental


make install


sudo modprobe em2880-dvb

If on the next reboot, the card stops working the em2880-dvb module is not being loaded properly in Feisty. To fix this :

cd /etc/modprobe.d
sudo gedit dvbstick

then add this line to the new dvbstick file :
install em28xx /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install em28xx; /bin/sleep 2; /sbin/modprobe em2880-dvb

reboot and it should be back up and running.

For Ubuntu’s Edgy Eft :

sudo su

apt-get install mercurial linux-headers-$(uname -r) linux-source build-essential

cd /lib/firmware

wget http://konstantin.filtschew.de/v4l-firmware/firmware_v4.tgz

tar xvzf firmware_v4.tgz

hg clone http://mcentral.de/hg/~mrec/v4l-dvb-kernel

cd v4l-dvb-kernel


make install


sudo modprobe em2880-dvb

If on the next reboot, the card stops working the em2880-dvb module is not being loaded properly in Edgy. To fix this :

cd /etc/modprobe.d
sudo gedit dvbstick

then add this line to the new dvbstick file :
install em28xx /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install em28xx; /bin/sleep 2; /sbin/modprobe em2880-dvb

reboot and it should be back up and running.

For Fedora Core 6 :

You should first make sure you have the development tools installed. Applications —> Add / Remove Software —>Development —> Development Tools.

su -

yum install mercurial

cd /lib/firmware

wget http://konstantin.filtschew.de/v4l-firmware/firmware_v4.tgz

tar xvzf firmware_v4.tgz

hg clone http://mcentral.de/hg/~mrec/v4l-dvb-kernel

cd v4l-dvb-kernel


make install


sudo modprobe em2880-dvb

If on reboot, the card stops working the em2880-dvb module is not being loaded properly in FC6. To fix this :

cd /etc/modprobe.d
sudo gedit dvbstick

then add this line to the new dvbstick file :

install em28xx /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install em28xx; /bin/sleep 2; /sbin/modprobe em2880-dvb

From there I just had to add the new tuner to MythTV via mythtv-setup in Ubuntu Edgy Eft and then the Hauppage HVR-950 worked smoothly in Linux with MythTV & ATSC HDTV (Although, I could never get the unit to play analog cable tv channels).





To wrap up this review of the HVR-950 I will say that the device is ideal for people looking for a small and inexpensive tv tuner, capable of HDTV reception and works well in both Windows and Linux. The caveat is that the included software (WinTV2000) worked poorly. If you are strictly a Windows user and do not want to purchase additional tv software, then you may want to look for another device which includes better software & drivers. The bundled application for Windows (WinTV2000) was an eyesore and quite buggy for viewing HDTV programs. However, the HVR-950 did work great with 3rd party tv software and worked great in Linux as well. I had no problems using the HVR-950 with Snapstream’s BeyondTV in Windows and with MythTV in Linux. Also, since the USB tuner is about the size of a lighter and comes with a mini HDTV antenna, this is a very handy gadget to take along with your laptop on trips & vacations. With the WinTV-HVR-950 and the included mini antenna, and as long as you are within 10 miles from a HDTV broadcasting tower, you can watch free HDTV programming on your laptop while you are sitting in a cafe or in a airport terminal. That’s not bad for $99 bucks!

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wanton Says:
June 17th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Thanks for responding to my question Sargate. I actually tried the sox command again and it magically worked. It worked after I reinstalled the hvr-950 using v4 firmware instead of v3. I also didn’t plug in the hvr-950 until after I finished the installation of the modules if that makes any difference. I still haven’t found another way to get sound besides using the sox command but i’ll let you know if I do. Thanks.
Sargate Says:
June 17th, 2007 at 12:00 am

wanton, did you try to go to sound properties and increase all the aux, video and other stuff volume?
wanton Says:
June 16th, 2007 at 1:35 pm

I still am unable to get analogue sound working in ubuntu fiesty. Video works fine. I’ve tried using the sox command but all it does is show an output buffer that keeps increasing but never gets the sound to work. I executed the command with xawtv running and then with tvtime. Neither would give me sound. I’m fairly new to linux, so I was wondering if there are some configuration commands or directories that I need to create for sox to pick up the right audio channel. I am running on a sony vaio pcg-grz110 laptop with a tascam us122 sound card that works well in other sound applications (music cd’s, bootup sounds). I am using the hvr-950. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have run out of things to try.
Sargate Says:
June 15th, 2007 at 9:46 pm

Thank you so very much!!!!
I bought this tuner only for your article.
My only problem is the sound, only works with the solution of xgabo:
sox -r 48000 -w -c 2 -t ossdsp /dev/dsp1 -t ossdsp /dev/dsp

Is ther any other way to do it?

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2nd-Apr-2006 02:21 pm(no subject)
RL: Penguina!
Source: http://clunixchit.blogspot.com/2006/03/fc5-ati-or-nvidia-drivers.html

Saturday, March 25, 2006
FC5: Ati or Nvidia Drivers

Here is a Ati/Nvidia driver installation howto. I wrote it again to prevent confusion with my previous post FC5 Test 2: Nvidia Finally Successful, as well as to explain why we are having problems with the installation of non-gpl kernel modules on FC5.

The kernel-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 shipped with FC5 disallows the loading of any non-GPL modules.

Hence to use Ati/Nvidia drivers, you should update your kernel.

It is recommended that for Fedora Core 5, Ati or Nvidia drivers should be pulled down from livna repositories.

To start using the rpm.livna.org repository in yum, simply install the livna-release-5 rpm package:

rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-5.rpm

Till now (25/03/2006), there are no kernel updates in fedora-core repositories. But soon it will be. That is why we will be using the kernel available on, updates-testing repositories.

For Ati users:

yum --enablerepo=livna-testing --enablerepo=updates-testing install kmod-fglrx

For Nvidia users:

yum --enablerepo=livna-testing --enablerepo=updates-testing install kmod-nvidia

Finally, reboot :)

If you have a smp kernel, use kmod-smp-nvidia instead of kmod-nvidia.

posted by Chitlesh GOORAH at 3/25/2006 03:10:00 PM
31st-Mar-2006 01:14 am(no subject)
RL: Penguina!

For Sarge (testing at the time of writing), if you wish to retain user customizations to /etc/X11/XF86Config file through upgrade, run the following commands as root:

# cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.custom
# md5sum /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 > /var/lib/xfree86/XF86Config-4.md5sum
# dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
8th-Sep-2003 12:55 pm - Miracles!
RL: Penguina!
I got the laptop to dual boot! Hooray for me!

I must write this down before I forget:

1. I performed a fresh install of the WinXP OEM system, wiping out everything.
2. I removed as much trivial flotsam as I could (since I have the backups to everything).
3. I defragmented the hard drive.
4. I rebooted with the Knoppix cdrom in the cd rom drive.
5. When the X11 was fully launched, I pressed “ctrl+alt+f1” which brought me to the command line
6. I used the command ntfresize.
7. Since the hard drive was as defragged as it ever would ever be, I set the new hard drive size to the maximum for linux, minimum for windows.
8. Then I used the fdisk utility, creating a linux (83) partition, and a 400 megabyte swap file (82).
9. I then set both the NTFS disk and the linux disk as bootable.
10. I started the “knx-hdinstall” from the command line.
11. Everything was smooth, so I had breakfast in the kitchen for the next half hour.
12. I came back, and the machine was completed.
13. I rebooted, and nothing happened. The MBR appeared damaged, so I put a Win 95 floppy in the box, and rebooted. Upon reboot, I typed “fdisk”, and saw that both the NTFS and the Linux system partitions were set to boot. I then toggled the Linux partition to boot, and restarted the computer.
14. HOORAY! Lilo came up, and recognized both the WinXP and the Knoppix partitions. I tried the Windows flavor, and viola! It worked! finished by booting the Knopix partition, and it too worked! (albeit the network connection was rather flakey).

Time to nap!
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13th-Jan-2005 04:03 pm - NDISWRAPPER Wiki

Distribution-specific instructions

Describe how to install ndiswrapper in your distribution. Give detailed instructions so newbies can follow it. Most frequently asked questions are about getting the module to be loaded automatically at boot time, installing INF files with ndiswrapper tool, configuring the interface. Please do NOT add information about cards/chipsets here; add such information to List instead.
Debian/Debian (Sarge)

See the InstallDebian or InstallDebianSarge page for installing Ndiswrapper on the corresponding distribution. To bring up the interface automatically on card insert see StartNetworkOnInsert.
EzPlanet One 2.0 (Madesimo)

EzPlanet One Linux distribution (http://www.EzPlanetOne.com) includes the ndiswrapper driver release 1.0rc2 (at 9th January 2005). The driver is built into the standard kernel for i586/i686. An additional ndiswrapper package, installed by default, includes the userspace ndiswrapper installer. Wireless configuration is done through the standar Network configuration tool after having installed the NDIS driver using:

ndiswrapper -i 'inffile'
Mandrake 10

Mandrake 10 has ndiswrapper .4 already built in. It must be removed first.

su -
urpme ndiswrapper

Unfortunately that doesn't get it all.

* edit /lib/modules/2.6.3-7mdk/modules.dep and remove all lines containing ndiswrapper (should be two)
* download the source and follow the instructions in the INSTALL file precisely, but skip the iwconfig stuff, and go directly to ndiswrapper -m.
* edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan0 add

KEY="YOUR_KEY" (assuming you have a key, also precede the key with s: for ascii)

Be aware that there should be inverted commas along. For example, it shouldlook like this :


If you don't know your ESSID, running iwlist wlan0 scan should bring it (you need to have wireless-tools installed).

That is it! Now when you reboot it should come up.
Mandrake 10.1

Mandrake 10.1 have build in the ACX100/111 Sourceforge project driver as a kernel module, you will need to remove this before install the ndiswrapper
4k kernel stack size/freezing issue

Recent 2.6 kernels have an option to enable/disable 4k stack size. However, Fedora kernels disable this option altogether and use a 4K stack size, which is not enough for some windows drivers. If you are running a Fedora 2.6 kernel and your machine freezes after running modprobe ndiswrapper as described in the Installation page, you are probably using a driver that requires a stack sizegreater than 4K. Try installing the 16K stack kernel update fo Linuxant:

Fedora Core 2/i686: http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/wlan/full/downloads-fc2-kernel-i686.php
Fedora Core 2/i586: http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/wlan/full/downloads-fc2-kernel-i586.php
Fedora Core 3/i686: http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/wlan/full/downloads-fc3-kernel-i686.php
Fedora Core 3/i586: http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/wlan/full/downloads-fc3-kernel-i586.php

Most users will want to download the complete kernel RPM and install it using rpm -Uhv as root. Advanced users may want to use the patch instead, or try compiling a vanilla kernel (from http://www.kernel.org) and disabling 4K stack size (CONFIG_4KSTACKS).
How to make an RPM

If you can't find a nice, tidy RPM of ndiswrapper to download, you can very easily make yourself one, even if you've never made an RPM before and wouldn't know where to start. Download the .tar.gz file as normal, following the Installation instructions. But instead of running "make install", run "make rpm" (make sure you are root or otherwise have write permission to /usr/src/ and subdirectories). This will create some RPMs in /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/, which you can install as normal using "rpm -Uvh". This is highly recommended, as it makes it easy to uninstall or upgrade ndiswrapper, and generally keeps your system tidy and easy to maintain.
Successful Fedora Core 3 configuration

November 25, 2004 -- Successful use of a D-Link AirPlus DWL-G630 has been reported on a Fujitsu Lifebook C series running Fedora Core 3 with the Linuxant 16K kernel patch. After downloading and installing the 16K stack kernel RPM from Linuxant and installing ndiswrapper according to the installation instructions on the Installation page, running dhclient established a working IP connection on wlan0. See the AirPlus page for details.

November 28, 2004 -- Successfully loaded on a Thinkpad T40 Centrino laptop, same configuration as above.

December 17, 2004 -- Successfully configured a Belkin 54g F5D7010 (802.11g 32-bit CardBus) on Fedora Core 3. It seems best to add "options ndiswrapper if_name=eth1" and then "alias eth1 ndiswrapper" (as described below) to /etc/modules.conf first, then run "modprobe ndiswrapper" as per the Installation instructions. After that, I had much better luck using the Network "System Settings" GUI (run "system-config-network" on the command line) than editing ifcfg-eth1 manually, as recommended below. I did not have any kernel stack problems, but I did need to use the WinMe98 (bcmwl5a.inf) driver (not WinXP2K/bcmwl5.inf). I happened to have the windows driver installation CD from the manufacturer but the others mentioned for download for various Belkin 54g variants on the drivers List page might work. Tip: The "unzip" command under Linux can open Windows Self-Extracting Archive (.EXE) files. -- Beland

December 17, 2004 -- Successfully configured a Netgear WG311v2 using the Netgear WinXP driver from the CD on Fedora Core 3, ndiswrapper 0.12 and the 16K stack kernel update from Linuxant. The system works fine and is stable, though in B-mode (11mbps). Created a /etc/modules file with the module but the system does not load it. Wonder why?

December 20, 2004 -- Succesfully configured a Gericom Wireless Card (unnamed, but with a TrendNet Chip - pciid 104c:8400) using the tiacxln driver version (downloaded from download.gericom.com) and ndiswrapper 0.12. The kernel used was the default Fedora Core 3 kernel, version 2.6.9-1.681_FC3 with only 4K stack. When compiling using "make install" and issuing "modprobe ndiswrapper" I had an "ndiswrapper: Unknown symbol __copy_from_user_ll" error message. The solution was going to the source directory with "cd ndiswrapper/driver", compiling it with "make" and copying the file to the correct place with "cp ndiswrapper.ko /lib/modules/2.6.9-1.681_FC3/misc/". I didn't have the time to check why this happens, but it works fine. The configuration was done with /etc/modprobe.conf like above.

December 21, 2004 -- Succesfully configured an INPROCOMM IPN 2220 in an Acer Aspire 1363WLMi. Default kernel with 4K stack used. Nothing unusual happened but WEP/WPA untested so far. (using ndiswrapper 0.12)

December 22, 2004 -- Successfully configured a Compaq Presario 2108CL (Broadcom) laptop using same configuration as aboves. Used default kernel with 128-bit WEP, no kernel stack problems. Driver provided on the HP support site. --Metababble

December 24, 2004 -- Sucessfully configured a Linksys WUSB54Gv2. The only place the version is listed is on the bottom of the device. Used drivers supplied with device. Used default kernel with 128-bit WEP.

December 24, 2004 -- Sucessfully configured a D-Link AirPlus DWL-G630 (Rev. C2) with 128-bit WEP on a IBM ThinkPad T23 dual-booting Fedora Core 3 (2.6.9-1.681_FC3) and Windows XP Pro, using ndiswrapper 0.12, the WinXP driver (Ver. 3.00, downloaded from http://support.dlink.com/products/view.asp?productid=DWL%2DG630%5FrevC) and the 16K stack kernel update (2.6.9-1.681_FC3.stk16) from Linuxant. Rebuilt and reinstalled the Linux NTFS kernel module RPM in accordance with the kernel update by using the 16K stack kernel source (kernel-2.6.9-1.681_FC3.stk16.src.rpm) from Linuxant and following the instructions at http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/rpm/build.html.

January 2, 2005 -- Successfully configured a Linksys WPC54G Version 1 (Broadcom) with 128-bit WEP on a IBM Thinkpad A31 with Fedora Core 3 (2.6.9-1.681_FC3) using ndiswrapper 0.12 and the XP driver from Dell downloads mentioned in the card List. Did not need the stack kernel update. UPDATE: January 4, 2005 -- new production 2.6.9-1.724_FC3 kernel with production ndiswrapper 0.12 suffers from task_nice problems mentioned in http://www.linuxdeveloper.net/forum/showthread.php?s=bdf24f8899770f97b5a77b75dfa5dfbf&p=148438#post148438 and https://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=6239808&forum_id=36471

January 9, 2005 -- Successfully configured a D-Link Airplus DWL-G650+ with 256-bit WPA on an IBM Thinkpad T22. Used Fedora Core 3 (2.6.9-1.681_FC3.stk16), ndiswrapper 0.12, XP drivers from ftp://ftp.dlink.co.uk/wireless/dwl-g650+_rev_Bx and WPA supplicant from http://hostap.epitest.fi/wpa_supplicant, using version 0.2.6.

January 11, 2005 -- Successfully configured a Linksys WMP54G-UK (Broadcom BCM4306 chipset) with 64-bit WEP on Fedora Core 3 (2.6.9-1.667 using ndiswrapper v0.10, 2.6.10-2.1.ll.rhfc3.ccrma using ndiswrapper v0.12 (wouldn't compile with v0.10 or v1.0rc1 on planet ccrma fc3 kernel). Used Linksys windows driver in /WMP54Gv2/bcmwl5.inf extracted from ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pub/network/WMP54Gv4_20040415.exe .
Additional Fedora information

Because the graphical Fedora configuration tools don't recognize wlan0, you can reconfigure ndiswrapper to use an ethX interface. If your eth0 interface is already configured for ethernet, you would use eth1.

Assuming you are going to be using eth1 as your wireless interface, add these two lines to the end of your /etc/modules.conf (or /etc/modprobe.conf) file to set your device to use eth1 instead of wlan0:

options ndiswrapper if_name=eth1
alias eth1 ndiswrapper

Also, if you want to use the Fedora configuration tools, you need to set up your /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts configuration file (/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 for eth1):


Alter your configuration details accordingly.

Finally, put your WEP keys in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/keys-eth1 file (again assuming eth1):


With all the above, you should be able to use neat or ifup/ifdown to control your ndiswrapper-enabled wlan card in Fedora. Much of the information was borrowed from http://www.ces.clemson.edu/linux/fc2-2200BG.shtml which I used to successfully get the Dell 1350 internal wireless card working in FC2 with the stock kernels.

24DEC04 -- you can manually create the files in the appropriate folders in "/etc/sysconfig/networking" and "/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts", naming them "ifcfg-wlan0" if you prefer. The redhat tools will not let you create the files from the GUI that way, but manually it works. This works well because all docs refer to "wlan0", and then the Fedora scripts can be used to set permissisons, and activate and deactivate the "wlan0" interface.

 DEVICE=wlan0 BOOTPROTO=dhcp ONBOOT=yes TYPE=Ethernet DHCP_HOSTNAME=machine.hostname.com USERCTL=no PEERDNS=yes IPV6INIT=no HWADDR=00:00:00:00:00:00 MODE=Managed ESSID=yourEssid 

RedHat 9.0

Successfully running a Siemens Gigaset PC-Card 54 (Broadcom Chipset; PCMCIA) under RedHat 9.0 / 2.4.20-31.9 using the XP bcmwl5 driver. I did not succeed with versions 0.11 or 0.12. While using version 0.13pre1 I got so fed up with the various missing kernel symbols that I did a little source patch that solved my problem. Don't know if that would be of any interest to the developers ...

From Dax Kelson web page http://www.gurulabs.com/RedHatLinux9-review.html, via Jean_Tourrilhes's _Distribution specific notes on Wireless Configuration_ (http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/DISTRIBUTIONS.txt).

A little known fact is that newer versions of RHL support multiple network profiles. This is useful for machines that commonly plug into different networks (think laptops). The easy way to create network profiles is to use the redhat-config-network command. The question then becomes, what happens when you type "ifup eth0"? The behavior wasn't defined in previous versions, however, now in RHL 9 the following behavior is defined;

search path for:

# ifup $DEV



A cool trick is to boot your RHL box directly into a profile from the GRUB boot screen. To do this, create a separate /etc/boot/grub.conf entry for each network profile, and in each entry add the kernel argument netprofile=profilename.
~SuSE Live CD

No information.
~SuSE Personal

No compiler provided. Seek pre-compiled package.
~SuSE Professional

For detailed instructions on Suse Professional 9.1, see the Suse Professional 9.1 page.
Setup instructions on Suse Professional 9.2 are now at the Suse Professional 9.2 page!

The Gentoo ebuild will install all required files. Any problems or issues ask in #gentoo-laptop, Cardoe is the ndiswrapper packager. To install enter the following command in a console as root:

emerge ndiswrapper


The oncoming release of Knoppix 3.7 has ndiswrapper built-in. For versions < 3.7 see the Debian Way.


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Linux on Averatec

This is my walkthrough on getting linux set up on my laptop. It is an Averatec 3200 series laptop. I am by no means a linux guru, but I do hope this page can help others trying to install linux. Two things I do not have working yet (because I do not really need them) are some of the power management features and automatic reconfiguring of new kernels. If you have any insights or comments, feel free to email me.

1. Decide how you want to install linux on your system. I put linux on the system right off the bat. This meant I installed linux, leaving room for windows to be installed later (I wanted a dual boot).
2. Download the Fedora 1 ISOs. I would suggest using bit torrent or finding a server that works with download accelerator.
3. Burn the ISOs. I burned the discs at too high a speed once and the CDs did not work. The check Fedora allows you to perform on the CDs caught my mistake. For this reason I would suggest running the check once for each CD.
4. Install Fedora 1. The GUI walks you through things pretty easily. I used a Generic LCD 1024 x 768 for the monitor. All the rest is personal preferance. Modify the partitions to match what you decided to do at the beginning. I like reviewing the proposed packages to install and adding things I want. For example, I always add lynx, samba, nasm.
5. Boot up into linux. Finish the configuration and admire linux on your laptop. There is still a lot left to do, though.
6. Run up2date to get the new up2date program. This is done by clicking on the red circle with the white exclamation point in the bottom right of the sceen. Remember to only get the new up2date for now.
7. Run the new up2date and get the newest kernel. The reason we are just getting the kernel is that we want to set up power management so the laptop stops burning so much energy.
8. Turn acpi on. This is done by doing the following:
1. cd /boot/grub, where the file is
2. su to get privileges
3. emacs grub.conf
4. add acpi=on as a kernel option. Modify the line like this:

kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2199.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ acpi=on hdc=ide-scsi rhgb
5. save the file and exit super user mode
6. restart the computer and select the kernel with acpi enabled (there is probably a way to just restart the kernel, but I do not know it yet)
9. Load powernow-k7 module. Get root priviledges (su command) and type "modprobe powernow-k7" to load it. Open up /etc/rc.d/rc.local and add the line "modprobe powernow-k7" to the bottom of it. This will make the module be loaded everytime you start things up.
10. Now we need to change the processor from maximum power to power save. Go to /proc/ and cat the cpufreq file. Note your minimum and maximum cpu frequencies. Mine were 399000 kHz and 1529500 kHz. Now type the following to put the processor into powersave mode:

echo -n "0:399000:1529500:powersave" > /proc/cpufreq

You also want to put that line at in the /etc/rc.d/rc.local file so that the processor is always put into powersave mode. Make sure this line comes after the loading of the powernow-k7 module, because cpufreq needs that module to function.
11. Now let us assume that you have installed a dual boot system and that you would like to access your ntfs windows partition from linux. I have read that recent linux kernels come with ntfs support. I have not found this to be the case, so I always download an rpm to install support. Follow the instructions on this website to find the right rpm to install.
12. Install the rpm by typing "rpm -ivh rpm-name" as root. You now have ntfs support.
13. Mount the windows partition. I forgot how I did this.
14. At the time I installed, there were not drivers for the wireless card available in linux. However, do not fear! There is a program available for free which lets windows wireless card drivers work in linux! It is called ndiswrapper and can be downloaded from their site. Install ndiswrapper by following the instructions in their INSTALL file. You are going to need the windows driver. I pulled this driver from my windows installation. Because I had downloaded and installed the Averatec updates from their site, the wireless driver was located in windows/AVERATEC/DRIVERS/WLAN330150 and was called bcmwl5.inf. You then have to open up the Redhat Networking gui and play around with it to get things to work. I do not know exactly what steps to take here because I tried a number of things that worked temporarily and do not know what combination needs to occur to follow my path.
15. Okay. Now you can run up2date and get all the updates. This takes a very long time and may appear to stall at a couple places.
16. Got to the apt-get web site and download apt-get. Install it as root and then run the following two commands (as root):
1. apt-get update
2. apt-get upgrade
This is another updating program that is very good for getting packages. For example, I use it to get the mp3 plugin for xmms by running the "apt-get install xmms-mp3" command. After running that (assuming you already have xmms) then you can play mp3s.
17. Download and install Firefox because it is just cool. Go to their website to download it. Then, just run the firefox installer program. I would suggest installing it into /usr/lib/ because that seems to just be where stuff goes in linux.
18. On a related note, it is probably a good idea to download Thunderbird. I like it better than evolution. Go to their website and download their tarball. Untar it into /usr/lib because, again, that is just where stuff goes. The actual program is called thunderbird and is located in the new directory. You probably want to make a symbolic link from your bin directory to Thunderbird. This is done by doing the following commands (you might have to do this with firefox too, but I think it does it automatically):

cd /usr/bin/
ln -s /usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird/thunderbird
19. The rest is just setting things up to match your personal preferences. I like adding task launchers to my taskbar, changing the color scheme of terminals, changing the desktop image, adding another taskbar, and a number of other things. Welcome to linux!

checking for gtk+-2.0 libgnomeui-2.0 libbonoboui-2.0 glib-2.0 libbonobo-2.0 evolution-data-server-1.0 libebook-1.0 libecal-1.0 libedata-book-1.0 libedata-cal-1.0 libedataserver-1.0... Package evolution-data-server-1.0 was not found in the pkg-config search path.
Perhaps you should add the directory containing `evolution-data-server-1.0.pc'
to the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable
No package 'evolution-data-server-1.0' found
checking for gtk+-2.0 libgnomeui-2.0 libbonoboui-2.0 glib-2.0 libbonobo-2.0 evolution-data-server-1.2 libebook-1.2 libecal-1.2 libedata-book-1.2 libedata-cal-1.2 libedataserver-1.2... Package evolution-data-server-1.2 was not found in the pkg-config search path.
Perhaps you should add the directory containing `evolution-data-server-1.2.pc'
to the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable
No package 'evolution-data-server-1.2' found

configure: error: Library requirements (gtk+-2.0 libgnomeui-2.0 libbonoboui-2.0 glib-2.0 libbonobo-2.0 evolution-data-server-1.2 libebook-1.2 libecal-1.2 libedata-book-1.2 libedata-cal-1.2 libedataserver-1.2) not met; consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if your libraries are in a nonstandard prefix so pkg-config can find them.
9th-Jan-2005 01:45 am - FC3: Setting up the DVD
ln -s /media/cdrom1 /dev/dvd

Automatic updates of the /etc/fstab file by the fstab-sync program from
the HAL daemon can be disabled by changing the 50-fstab-sync.hal sym-
link in /etc/hal/device.d directory to point to /bin/false
7th-Jan-2005 06:05 pm - WGET: Using Cookies with LJ

2. HTTP Cookies
Prev Chapter 10. Authentication in the Client Server Protocol Next
»2. HTTP Cookies

If you specify auth_method with the value of “cookie”, you can use session cookies generated by the server in your client. To prevent against the usage of modified forms to perform actions without the consent of the user, we require the HTTP header X-LJ-Auth be set to “cookie” as well.

Example 10.1. Using Wget 1.9 with auth_method=cookie in flat protocol

$ wget --post-data "mode=login&user=test&auth_method=cookie" --header "X-LJ-Auth: cookie" --header "Cookie: ljsession=cookieval http://www.livejournal.com//interface/flat

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1. Clear Home 3. Challenge / Response

»2. HTTP Cookies

If you specify auth_method with the value of “cookie”, you can use session cookies generated by the server in your client. To prevent against the usage of modified forms to perform actions without the consent of the user, we require the HTTP header X-LJ-Auth be set to “cookie” as well.

Example 10.1. Using Wget 1.9 with auth_method=cookie in flat protocol

$ wget --post-data "mode=login&user=test&auth_method=cookie" --header "X-LJ-Auth: cookie" --header "Cookie: ljsession=cookieval http://www.livejournal.com//interface/flat

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1. Clear

If a file of type application/xhtml+xml or text/html is downloaded
and the URL does not end with the regexp \.[Hh][Tt][Mm][Ll]?, this
option will cause the suffix .html to be appended to the local
filename. This is useful, for instance, when you’re mirroring a
remote site that uses .asp pages, but you want the mirrored pages
to be viewable on your stock Apache server. Another good use for
this is when you’re downloading CGI-generated materials. A URL
like http://site.com/article.cgi?25 will be saved as arti-

Note that filenames changed in this way will be re-downloaded every
time you re-mirror a site, because Wget can’t tell that the local
X.html file corresponds to remote URL X (since it doesn’t yet know
that the URL produces output of type text/html or applica-
tion/xhtml+xml. To prevent this re-downloading, you must use -k
and -K so that the original version of the file will be saved as

Specify the username user and password password on an HTTP server.
According to the type of the challenge, Wget will encode them using
either the "basic" (insecure) or the "digest" authentication

Another way to specify username and password is in the URL itself.
Either method reveals your password to anyone who bothers to run
"ps". To prevent the passwords from being seen, store them in
.wgetrc or .netrc, and make sure to protect those files from other
users with "chmod". If the passwords are really important, do not
leave them lying in those files either---edit the files and delete
them after Wget has started the download.

For more information about security issues with Wget,
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