I honestly can't make top nor tail of this Linux... I'm still trying to install my Realtek R8192e drivers, but I still can't seem to do... anything. at all.
So! I got a file containing some kind of realtek firmware (although at the moment I don't recall exactly what it was, or where I got it from... It was a few weeks ago and I've been busy, and don't have time to track it down now), I believe in a .deb file, and it broke linux completely. Verbosely, it crashed at boot with some complex error message, and the only way I could get out of that was to unplug my laptop and physically remove the battery. I dunno if it's relevant, but the Caps Lock light flashed at this point...
Anyways, I removed this my logging in recovery mode and using aptitude, and tried it again, same result, so I did a little more digging and found a forum post offering the driver I need in tarball format.
I've managed to extract this using tar -xzvf or something, and then I came to use Make like the readme said. Make told me:
/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
...so I made a directory in there called 'Build'. At which point, it told me:
make: Entering directory `/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/build'
make: *** No rule to make target `modules'. Stop.
make: Leaving directory `/lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/build'
make: *** [all] Error 2
...and I rooted around, and found I needed some Linux-Headers. so,I used Synaptic to get every linux-headers file availible for my kernel version (as the forums are not specific about which Linux-headers I needed), and I get the same result.
I've rootedaround some more, and found several different solutions to the same problem in Ubuntu and Debian forums. And Ididn't understand a word of any of it, which is where my frustration with Linux begins anew.
Every post I read either says: "Oh, try this! This will fix your problem!" without any description of what you're doing, so when it inevitiblydoesn't work, I'm left as clueless as I started, or they have discussions in Linux speak that's incomprehensible to a newbie like me.
So yeah, I'm still just as in the dark as I was, only this time I can get a wired connection to the internet (but not at home, because apparently my Netgear router's LAN ports are either all fried or its LAN software is fried... and I'm hesitant to reset the software, as if it IS the hardware, I won't be able to get in to the router to set up the wireless, and I can't afford another £130 to fix it)
...So, yeah. until I get these Wireless drivers in, I can only get on the internet if I relocate, so I want them working ASAP. But again I'm blocked by poor understanding of anything Linux tries to tell me.
Sorry for bugging you all with my petty complaints; if I understood even a little of what was written on other sites, or knew where to get some information by myself, I wouldn't bug you guys so much... v_v
Oh yeah, and I'm running Debian Squeeze 2.6.32-5-amd64