hardware detection in lfs

Andrew Davis andrew at socallinuxsolutions.com
Mon Jan 20 10:17:36 PST 2003

Have you thought about going to google and searching for "linux 
+whatever_your_device_is" ? Or better, do the search at 
www.google.com/linux as that will narrow your results to linux only. 
Usually a search like that will lead to pages with examples showing how 
people got their various hardware working. If you have that same h/w, 
you should be able to use their examples as a starting point. Also, when 
posting a h/w question to the list, it would probably be good to tell us 
what piece of hardware it is... ex: if you're having an issue getting a 
3Com NIC working... tell us what type it is... 3C905b (c) or (d). Bear 
in mind as well that not ALL h/w is supported by Linux. If you happen to 
have a piece of h/w that was just released to the market last month, 
there may not be any support for it in the kernel yet.


P.B.Prabhuram wrote:
> Your reply was nice , but yet I am not able to grasp
> from it as simple as i expected ( for a dummie like me
> ) , well , i will repeat the question,
> I am adding a new hardware to my lfs pc,  ( i have
> compiled the module for that hardware with my kernel )
> now by juct typing 'modprobe' can detect and install
> that hardware or it requires additional commands ??
> Please dont scare me ;-) , i expect a answer as simple
> as this question...
> --- Declan Moriarty <declan.moriarty at ntlworld.ie>
> wrote:
>>On Monday 20 January 2003 14:08, somebody wrote
>>>I have built all the modules in my lfs kernel,
>>>since lfs does not have any hardware detection
>>>i  have the following question.
>>>I attach a new hardware to my system, Is it by
>>>typing modprobe or insmod at the console , the new
>>>hardware supported by linux can be detected and
>>>installed or i have to do more ( compiling etc )??
>>Look, it's like this. In linux, adding hardware is a
>>pain. If you want 
>>to add, say, a toilet to the pc; drop the driver in
>>(floppy or cdrom) 
>>and reboot, and m$ windows will find it. There will
>>be no protection 
>>from the pc being flushed down it's own jacks,
>>however, and hackers 
>>could certainly make use of that facility ;-)
>>In linux, it is pain; You need a capable kernel, the
>>correct modules 
>>built, the /dev/whatsit node correctly configured,
>>suitably altered, the inputs and outputs suitably
>>piped, and you must 
>>repeat the process for each protocol. You are
>>supposed to be able to do 
>>this by reading abstract overviews or technical
>>jargon outlining how to 
>>make your computer access the jacks on the network,
>>and letting them 
>>access yours. Then enter it into startup scripts,
>>and write a few 
>>scripts of you own to make it sit up. Simple isn't
>>it? - NOT!
>>The setup tools operate from a database of hardware
>>and run convoluted 
>>scripts; they essentially help you to install what
>>any of us could help 
>>you to install, and what's well documented. Distro
>>kernels build ALL 
>>the modules :-o.  If you want the bleeding edge
>>stuff, the setup tools 
>>are useless, the drivers are alpha (=I t WILL crash:
>>Don't tell us - 
>>Fix it and send us the patch - we could use a few
>>ideas) and you have 
>>to 'upgrade' to an unstable kernel version to get
>>	Regards,
>>	Declan Moriarty
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