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12-02-2006, 02:29 PM
k i got an older pc with a pci wireless card made by orinoco or something. i found a driver for it somewhere online in a .tar.gz format. i know i'm supposed to compile that or something, but how do i do that?

12-02-2006, 02:32 PM
Do you mean extract?

12-02-2006, 02:39 PM
.tar.gz probably means its a driver for linux.

Either way, WinRAR can handle .tar.gz files. .tar.gz is an archive.

EDIT: Sorry, didn't realize that this was in the Linux forum.

Mystic Videl
12-02-2006, 02:39 PM
Yeah, or that one program that has 7 in its name.

12-02-2006, 02:42 PM

12-02-2006, 02:44 PM
Winrar (program) decompression speed/compatibility > 7zip (program) decompression speed/compatibility

Also, 7zip is only available as a command-line tool for linux.

12-02-2006, 08:59 PM
Usually it just runs it and then installs it like a setup.exe file or something whenever I run those...

12-02-2006, 10:23 PM
well i extracted it, but it's a bunch of .cpp's and .h files

Mystic Videl
12-02-2006, 10:28 PM
well i extracted it, but it's a bunch of .cpp's and .h files
So? Those are linux based, what is your problem?

12-02-2006, 10:30 PM
do i have to compile them or something, wtf do i run

Mystic Videl
12-02-2006, 10:33 PM
Yes, you have to compile them. You should just have to use the Make All command.

12-03-2006, 02:01 AM
So? Those are linux based, what is your problem?.cpp and .h are C++ source files, it really has nothing to do with linux.

12-03-2006, 09:09 PM
apt-get install <anything that has the keyword prism on it>

12-04-2006, 10:52 AM
take the tar file: tarfile.tar.gz

open a terminal and issue the following commands:

cd <your download directory, or where the tar file is>
mkdir -p ~/src/
mv tarfile.tar.gz ~/src/.
cd ~/src
tar -xvf tarfile.tar.gz
cd tarfile (this will be the same name as your tar file, it will have unzipped everything into a newly made directory, cd to that dir name)
<enter root's password here>
make install

that will do it

dont worry if configure fails btw. If make fails, post the results.

12-04-2006, 12:45 PM
okay thanks guys i'll do it when i get home from work tonight

12-04-2006, 06:15 PM
Tempest... He might have to use Gcc to compile it if it is just a bunch of source files.. Then he will have to make it... But if makeing it dont work just post back and ill try to give you some support.