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    driver installation issues...

    I guess this is the right section for this...

    Keep in mind I'm just starting out with Linux, and don't really know much of anything here...

    I'm currently trying to get a phoneline network card (Broadcom BCM4210) to work in Mandrake 9.2. (I have to use this card for internet access, can't switch to anything else right now) I originally downloaded MDK 9.2 because I thought, since it had kernel version 2.4.22, it would have the needed drivers. (since I found the line "BCM4210 iLine10 HomePNA 2.0" at this page: ) Anyway, after install, I find out that it doesn't have the drivers I though it would have. However, someone directed me to drivers available here:

    The problem I'm having now is trying to compile these. I've installed the MDK 9.2 kernel source RPM I downloaded from the link I found on a Google search here:
    I then copied the driver files to a directory, and used a terminal to run gmake from that directory. When I do this, I get a large list of messages that I don't really know what they mean. I was under the impression that it might not be finding the kernel source, or something like that, but I don't really have a clue. Here is a link to a file with the messages (since it's long):

    Any ideas on where I should go from here?

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    Re:driver installation issues... (new at this)

    Try recompiling a new kernel that should work here is a good guid on kernel compiling it's for slackware but they well work with any other distro

    Hope this helps

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    Re:driver installation issues... (new at this)

    ...recompiling a new kernel? Yikes... Is that what would make these drivers compile correctly? I don't know where I'd get a new one though... And I thought this version of Linux was already supposed to have the newest 2.4 kernel...

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    Re:driver installation issues... (new at this)

    i can't access the page of errors you posted... i get a timeout.

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    Re:driver installation issues... (new at this)

    Ah, sorry, the Comcast pages have been being a little slower lately...

    This one should work:

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    Re:driver installation issues... (new at this)

    Hummm - okay Freak,
    did tou make a link in /usr/include/ to /usr/src/linux/include/linux ?

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    Re:driver installation issues... (new at this)

    Ah, no, I didn't... How do I do that?

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    Re:driver installation issues... (new at this)

    doh - sorry
    cd /usr/include
    mv linux old_linux
    ln -s ../src/linux/include/linux linux

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    Re:driver installation issues... (new at this)

    Ah, great, thanks! Much to my surprise, the driver finally compiled!

    My next problem is this:

    I've been following the install instuctions here for the most part:

    After compiling the driver, I copied it to /lib/modules/2.4.22-10mdk/kernel/net, as instructed. After that, I tried to run "insmod il", and it told me,

    "The module you are trying to load (name here) is compiled with a gcc version 2 compiler, while the kernel you are running is compiled with a gcc version 3 compiler. This is known to not work."

    So I assume I need to get a gcc version 3 compiler, and recompile the driver. Where would I find that?

    EDIT: Did some searching, and found this:

    Is this what I should get? I wanted to make sure before I installed it.

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    Re:driver installation issues...

    Disregard most of that last post, I've found out I do have gcc version 3 already, so now I don't know where I should go from here...

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