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Viewing TV in RHL 7.1


I just installed RHL 7.1 (did a "everything" install, since I didn't know what not to install). I have a FlVideo 98 TV tuner PCI card, based on the BT878 chpset.

The PCI devices list shows this card as using IRQ 12, but video4linux does not seem to be installed on my system as default.

I dloaded the relevant driver tgz files, but I am facing lotsa problems while trying to build it. The first and foremost one is that if I try "make modules" in the /usr/src/linux-2.4.2 directory, I get the error:

"The present kernel configuration has modules disabled. Try 'make config' and enable loadable module support."

How can I enable this? Please understand that this is the first time I have installed Linux 7.1 and know next to nothing on kernel recompilation.

All I want to do is to watch TV on my box! Any help is appreciated.
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Download the latest complete kernel from http://www.kernel.org/ (right now it is 2.4.7) there are a LOT of bug fixes that you really should have.

Then compile it (use the kernel HOWTO at http://www.linuxdocs.org/ ) to guide you through it.

I would choose the graphical config option (make xconfig), then work though it. For the first time out I would read the Help to go with every option.

Once you've finished you should have an optimised (i.e. faster) kernel with fewer bugs, and v4l.

If you need a TV application then search on http://www.freshmeat.net/ for xawtv which is probably the best available.
Its been a few weeks. Have you been successful? Do you need further help? (oh - v4l is now built in to the kernel you don't need to download it seperately)
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