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Getting Started With OpenSolaris 2008.11
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Using Device Driver Utility Version 1.1

In the OpenSolaris 2008.11 release, the Device Driver Utility 1.1 is an application that provides information about the devices of your native system. The Device Driver Utility enables you to connect to the Image Packaging System (IPS) repositories and to search the device drivers on your system to find devices that do not have drivers attached to them. IPS has repositories of OpenSolaris packages. You can find suitable drivers for the devices that you need in these repositories.

To invoke the Device Driver Utility from the OpenSolaris desktop, go to the menu bar and click Application> System Tools> Device Driver Utility.

Use the Device Driver Utility application to perform the following functions:

  • Get information about devices installed on your native system, and check whether their corresponding device drivers exist.

  • Search the IPS repositories for your system devices that do not have corresponding drivers attached.

  • Download and install the device drivers from the IPS repositories for devices on your system.

  • Get the details of the third-party drivers that exist for your system devices, and install them manually from the corresponding third-party web site.

  • Submit system configurations to the OpenSolaris OS Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).

Python version 2.4 and Perl version 5.8 are needed to run this utility and are integrated in the OpenSolaris 2008.11 release.

You must have an internet connection to use the Device Driver Utility, in order to connect your system to the IPS repositories which contain OpenSolaris packages. By connecting your system to these repositories, you can get the device driver that is suitable for the devices of your system. By having an internet connection, you can also submit your system configuration to the OpenSolaris OS HCL.

To get more information about working with the Device Driver Utility tool, refer the online help in the tool menu. If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected].

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