9.5. Enhancing Hardware Support
By default, Fedora attempts to automatically detect and configure support for all of the components of your computer. Fedora supports the majority of hardware in common use with the software drivers that are included with the operating system. To support other devices you may supply additional drivers during the installation process, or at a later time.
9.5.1. Adding Hardware Support with Driver Disks
The installation system can load drivers from disks, pen drives, or network servers to configure support for new devices. After the installation is complete, remove any driver disks and store them for later use.
Hardware manufacturers may supply
driver disks for Fedora with the device, or provide image files to prepare the disks. To obtain the latest drivers, download the correct file from the website of the manufacturer.
Driver Disks Supplied as Zipped Files
Driver disk images may be distributed as compressed archives, or zip files. For identification, the names of zip files include the extensions
.tar.gz. To extract the contents of a zipped file with a Fedora system, choose → → .
To format a disk or pen drive with an image file, use the
dd utility. For example, to prepare a diskette with the image file
drivers.img, enter this command in a terminal window:
dd if=drivers.img of=/dev/fd0
To use a driver disk in the installation process, specify the
dd option at the
Note that the
dd option is interchangeable with the
When prompted, select
Driver Disk Source
to provide a driver disk. Choose the drive that holds the driver disk from the list on the
The installation system can also read drivers from disk images that are held on network servers. Refer to Table 9.3, “Driver disk image sources”
for the supported sources of driver disk image files.
Select a drive or device
Table 9.3. Driver disk image sources