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Thread: Gentoo network install

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003

    Gentoo network install

    Hello all! I am trying to get Gentoo Linux working using the stage 1 tarball. However, I need to load the madwifi drivers in order to access the internet from the livecd (minimal).

    So far, I've tried to modprobe them from my slack partition, but I cannot as it reports that it cannot find the module. This is not supprising as it is not in the livecd's /lib/modules/2.6.5/net directory. I cannot move them there either, as it is read-only. I tried insmod, however it complains about the module format being incorrect, specifically about the use of a structure in the drivers. This also does not supprise me, as I compiled the modules against kernel 2.6.7 and the cd runs 2.6.5.

    I was wondering if you can remaster the iso for the gentoo livecd, similar to what you'd do with a knoppix disk, and compile/install the modules on the iso, which would then be re-written to cd-r? Would the kernel detect the atheros card then automatically after I did that, or do I need to configure hardware detection to do so? How could I do this?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Memphis, TN
    Not sure if this will help, but I found this.

    http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/altinstall.xml -- scroll down a bit on this link to where it talks about installing stage 1 without a network connection.

    Hope that helps.

  3. #3
    Trumpet-Eared Gentoo Freak
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Hey there,

    As everyone in linux, installing wifi can be tricky, but some can make it easier for you, like the guys on the gentoo forums. Check them out, they have every problem covered. I've never had a problem unsolved thnx to that board.
    Anyway check this out :
    root@Furious shrekkie # emerge -s madwifi
    [ Results for search key : madwifi ]
    [ Applications found : 1 ]
    *  net-wireless/madwifi-driver
          Latest version available: 0.1_pre20040514
          Latest version installed: [ Not Installed ]
          Size of downloaded files: 1,098 kB
          Homepage:    http://madwifi.sourceforge.net/
          Description: Wireless driver for Atheros chipset a/b/g cards
          License:     GPL-2
    You could just install the driver with "#emerge net-wireless/madwifi-driver", but check this thread out, its a super guide to install your wifi card. http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=122435

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