Installing Video for Linux 2 on vanilla Redhat 9 Linux systems

  1. Install Redhat 9. Do all the following as root.
  2. Go to ATrpms, where there are three sections you need to fetch an rpm from.
  3. Install all the rpms in the usual way (rpm -i).
  4. Reboot your machine into the new kernel.
  5. Make sure the file /etc/modules.conf has a line like "alias char-major-81 bttv" (substitute saa7134 for bttv if your video card has a saa7134 chipset). Redhat's kudzu hardware detector will normally insert this line automatically.
  6. For bttv chipsets, you need to hide the 0.7 variant bbtv module, to make sure that the 0.9 variant is the one which is run. To do this, type "chmod 000 /lib/modules/", where VER is the kernel version above.
Note that installing a new kernel might break other kernel modifications you've made to the vanilla Redhat 9 distribution. You may find that the ATrpms site provides drivers for other hardware (eg. nvidia graphics cards) that are compatible with the new kernel. You may also find that installing ATrpm's custom kernel-source rpm will be of use if you need to build modules for hardware not supported under the standard redhat-9 distributed kernel.