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A.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.

A.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 .zip, or .tar.gz. To extract the contents of a zipped file with a Fedora system, choose ApplicationsAccessoriesArchive Manager.
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 boot: prompt:
 linux dd
When prompted, select Yes to provide a driver disk. Choose the drive that holds the driver disk from the list on the Driver Disk Source text screen.
The installation system can also read drivers from disk images that are held on network servers. Refer to Driver Disk Image Sources for the supported sources of driver disk image files.
Driver Disk Image Sources
Image SourceOption Format
Select a drive or devicedd
HTTP Serverdd=http://server.mydomain.com/directory/drivers.img
FTP Serverdd=ftp://server.mydomain.com/directory/drivers.img
NFS Serverdd=nfs:server.mydomain.com:/directory/drivers.img