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Linux Network Tools & Drivers

For hardware system devices to function, a driver is required. This is not something a user first thinks about since many drivers are already installed on their Linux machine as kernel modules. Most Linux users know that a Linux driver is identifying the modem's CHIPSET.

To find out what Linux kernel drivers are loaded, find the file /proc/modules; this is this file that shows what kernel modules (drivers) are currently loaded. To show the status of the modules in the Linux Kernel, use the “lsmod command (e.g., $lsmod).

When the Linux system is booting, the drivers are automatically loaded. At times however, some common problems may occur with the drivers; if that is the case and users are not able to successfully boot their Linux system, it might be necessary to boot from a Live CD like Knoppix, which can be essential for system rescues. If a Live CD is necessary to boot the PC, the user will need to reload the bootloader configuration into the disk's master boot record (MBR). To do this, the user will need to open a terminal window and run this command: sudo grub-install /dev/sda.

When Live CDs are used, Linux drivers are not found on the CD, this means users need to find out which module to load to enable a device. For internal devices, users should run this command: sudo lspci; whereas, for USB devices, users should run this command: sudo lsusb. By using either of these commands, the user will get the details of their system’s hardware.


Downloading Linux Drivers

Linux is a popular OS for use on Cheap Laptops and other low-cost computers. For Linux users looking for drivers on the Web to download for free, there are many different types of Linux network drivers offered by many different vendors such as NVIDIA who offers nForce, a chipset that includes hardware support for IDE disk control, Ethernet networking, and a USB controller. Also, there is WiMAX, a broadband wireless technology, which uses its Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5050 (this includes: driver, network service, and test configuration utility) to provide digital connectivity.

Here are a few more Intel Wireless networking drivers available: the Intel WiFi Link 5300, the Intel WiFi Link 5100, the Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN, the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG, the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG, the Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG, and the Intel PRO/Wireless 2100. For details regarding these network drivers, it’s best to search the info at the Intel’s Web site.

A few other network drivers are Driverloader, which is another wireless network driver (for the Linux systems: x86_64/AMD64/EM64T) that can support devices for which no adequate native open-source drivers are available; the Linux ZyDAS zd1201 Driver, which is a Linux driver for its own Wireless (802.11) USB adapters; AirTies Wireless Network Drivers for both ADSL Router Driver Files and Modem/ ISDN Driver Files; MadWifi, which is a Linux kernel device driver for Wireless LAN Chipsets from Atheros; Myri10GE Linux 1.5.1, which is a Gigabit Ethernet Driver by Myricom; 3Com EtherLink 10/100 PCI (3C90x), which is a Network Interface Card Driver for Linux, and there are also Linux network drivers by Broadcom, which offers the Ethernet NIC BCM5700.

In conclusion, before downloading any Linux drivers, users need to know which version of Linux they are running. Users who do not know will want to try one of these two commands:

  • $ uname [RET] Outputs the name of the operating system.
  • $ uname -r [RET] Outputs the release number of the operating system

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Using Linux in combination with Cheap Laptops is a perfect money-saving combination, just make sure your Linux drivers are always up-to-date.

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