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Far be it from me to throw in the towel, but now I have to. It's been two weeks that I try to install F12 and every time this fails.
- a clean install, the reboot failed into a kernel panic
- an install from F10 and then an upgrade, got a reboot, but didn't get X online
- turned to vesa, that worked (duh)
- downloaded a new kernel and recompiled it, that worked, I was getting Java online and nearly got there when...
- I had an update, a new kernel and...no more X
- now I installed F8 and that went smoothly, got X up, had the monitor and other stuff neatly detected (Fedora 8 was the best Fedora - ever!!!), tried an upgrade to F12, and...the anaconda didn't get ... X working.
Ok, people, Linux IS a challenge, but I have run out of patience here and need to get this thing working.
The 5 Cd's I got do not work - no X, kernel panic and what have you.
P4/2660, 1.5Gb ram, 250Gb SATA drive, Compaq D530USDT.
Now: the questions.
Do I need annother "flavor" of Fedora?
Do I need another distro altogether?
Please help - or come visit me in the loony-bin (sad smile - I don't know the smiley and I'm tired, so bear with me, please)
I'm new to Linux (wonder how long you have to use it to consider yourself no longer new? Been using for about a year now) and have tried four or five distributions. Like you I could get F10 to run just fine but F11 was a no go and I never tried the latest v12. When I'd try to update to fedora 11 it crashed, tried to install from a good verified CD which was burned at the lowest speed possible on my burner and F11 still wouldn't recognize my hard drives. Ran the liveCD on some laptops at work and they saw the drives just fine, was something to do with my hardware combination that fedora 11 didn't like but v10 was fine with.
Then I switched to Ubuntu 8.10 at the time, went up to 9.04 when it came out then 9.10. Later I had to back up to 9.04 when I bought a new monitor which didn't agree with v9.10. I could still get Ubuntu to work in 9.10 but it was a pain and didn't know how to fix it permanently, just how to get around it manually and got tired of screwing with it. I also tried slackware and mint but didn't keep them on for very long, was just looking for a solution and Ubuntu 9.04 just worked so I kept it for now.
I'd say head on over to the ubuntu crew and try v9.04 to start with, it's the most recent version with long term support. The x.10 versions are in betweens for added stuff and upgrades to play with (like their ubuntu online storage which came with 9.10).
Looking around on this site it appears a lot of people like slackware, it seemed fine to me as well so if ubuntu isn't to your taste take a look over that direction too.
You got me curious now, downloading Fedora v12 now, going to burn and boot it to see if it works. Will report back tomorrow and let you know. Would just get the liveCD but I'm out of blanks, only have DVD-R so going to grab that one even though it's a 5 hour d/l.
Setup the remix to d/l as well, will be interesting to try them out. I'm not totally in love with Ubuntu, it's just what works for my hardware without much toying around.
Got to say though I picked up win7 when they had the $30 deal going on and it's pretty good. Everything works and works real well. Although if I could just get office 2010 to work in Linux I wouldn't boot to win7 near as much as I have to today which is about every day! LOL! And no, open office and none of the others like star office will work, I have to save/open the docs in at least v2007 office and since I never bought '07 I'm just using the beta for now
Wow, I seem to have loosened some tongues here - indeed, I have some (some???) troubleS installing F12 and wondered if Fedora is the right distro for me. And, no, no more windows for me, seven or otherwise. I've been "into the bizz" too long to know the "craftsmanship" (or lack thereof) gone into that thing. In a fit of disappointment I launched a scream...and went to bed.
I love Fedora (started out on the Red Hat - sooo way back when), the eight was (and is) the very best ever let loose in the wild. The ten had troubles detecting the graphics and the twelve...oh dear.
On the upside, I just tried something utterly radical (and against all recommendations, but, hey, while I'm "here" anyway) I installed a clean F8, upgraded to F10 after I noticed that the F8 detected EVERYTHING as it should, the F10 is now running smoothly...now, an "up" to F12?
So, bottom line: upgrading DOES work. You don't HAVE to do a clean install, though, "clean" is the word here, you're always left with a pristine (don't know how to write that - I'm Flemmish, hehe) installation that way, and with an upgrade, you keep dragging some old(er) stuff along...