update to kernel 2.6 will it have my modem driver??

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i have kernel 2.4... if i update my kernel to 2.6.3 will it have my modem driver, i could not find any where driver for modem, is there any where they offer free driver for modems. my modem is conexant HSF
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i have donwloaded the lastest kernel 2.6.3 and i want to insall it, any hint
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This stuff can get tricky, so good luck.

What you want to do is extract the files and copy them to /usr/src.
This will create a directory: /usr/src/linux-2.6.3
If you have a lot of time, I'd "cp /boot/.config /usr/src/linux-2.6.3" and use "make oldconfig". This goes through every possible thing and gives you a yes no or modulize choice. Since you are making this for yourself, there is no need to modulize anything if you know you need it. You can also "make menuconfig" which will give you menues to choose all the stuff to compile in.
Finally you'll want to run "make all; make install;"

I'd recommend reading the manuals and helpfiles if you get stuck.
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Open up a konsole window and type "lspci" and look for your modem on the list. When you configure the kernel you shouldl be able to find this in the lists.

If not try lsmod and look for anything that looks like a modem there.
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I merged these two topics since they were similar.
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I have tried xconfig and i got the msg script/fixdep is up to date and the same thing for menuconfig
but when i tried make oldconfig, i have to choose y,m,n and i was skared to miss out with my system, bc allot of things that i don't understand, is there any way that i can make a complete setup in few command so the system can compile it by it self, so i can avoid doing any thing wrong.
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No

You WILL make mistakes, it is just a matter of trial and error. For every listing in oldconfig you can hit ? to get some help, most of the time it will say "if unsure hit some key".

You won't mess up your system as compiling the kernel this way will not overwrite your previous kernel, (currently I have three bootable kernels on this system). You can try simply "make all; make install;" and hope that all the stuff needed to run your system are in your old .config file. Otherwise I'd really really really recommend TAKING THE TIME to do it properly.

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