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Extracting drivers found in one distro to another

Link to this post 04 Jan 10

hello all!

Can I extract the drivers for my APPLE USB ETHERNET device from my fedora core 12 install and apply them on CentOS 5?

During install CENT cant seem to recognize the device whereas FC12 finds it just fine:

eth0 (eth0) - nVidia Corporation MCP79 Ethernet
eth1 (eth1) - Apple, Inc. Apple USB Ethernet Adapter

[root@rac2 2.6.31.9-174.fc12.x86_64]# dmesg |grep 'Ethernet'
usb 1-1: Product: Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
eth1: register 'asix' at usb-0000:00:04.1-1, ASIX AX88772 USB 2.0 Ethernet, 00:25:XXXXXXX

[root@rac2 2.6.31.9-174.fc12.x86_64]# modinfo asix
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.31.9-174.fc12.x86_64/kernel/drivers/net/usb/asix.ko
license: GPL
description: ASIX AX8817X based USB 2.0 Ethernet Devices
author: David Hollis
srcversion: 44BB4B4BE98F910434FB89B
alias: usb:v0DB0pA877d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v14EApAB11d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v0B95p772Ad*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v05ACp1402d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v050Dp5055d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v04BBp0930d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v1737p0039d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v2001p3C05d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v07D1p3C05d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v1557p7720d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v13B1p0018d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v0B95p1780d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v0B95p7720d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v04F1p3008d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v1631p6200d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v1189p0893d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v07AAp0017d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v6189p182Dd*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v0411p006Ed*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v0411p003Dd*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v0557p2009d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v08DDp90FFd*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v07B8p420Ad*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v0B95p1720d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v2001p1A00d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v0846p1040d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
alias: usb:v077Bp2226d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
depends: mii,usbnet
vermagic: 2.6.31.9-174.fc12.x86_64 SMP mod_unload


If so, how would I go about doing it?

Link to this post 05 Jan 10

Usually the drivers are built into the kernel, so just copying them from one install to the other will not work. Most likely centos has an older kernel installed than fedora because it is built on redhat v5. I would recommend finding the windows xp drivers for the device and using ndiswrapper to install them.

Link to this post 06 Jan 10

if the driver exists then the source can be compiled for your kernel version since Centos doesn't provide it

asix provides the source here..
http://www.asix.com.tw/download.php?sub=driverdetail&PItemID=86

compile the module for your kernel and walla..

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