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Old 06-11-2006, 12:58 PM   #1
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Question FC5 - Hardware problem, complete system crash.


I have an MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum mobo, AMD 939 3200+, 1gig RAM, onboard sound. I also have two 150GB SATA HDs, and one 20GB PATA IDE drive. My graphics card is the MSI Radeon X800 RX800 PCI-E card.

I am having some large problems with my FC5 install. I installed FC5 with no problem on my machine. On the first boot, it completely crashed when "probing new hardware". Keyboard, mouse, everything crahsed and had to manually power down, and try again. I did some researching online and someone said to go into interactive (I) mode on boot, and have everything turned on except Kudzu. I did that, and it got past the initial "probing new hardware" error point before, but then it crashed again at 80% way finished at another point (dont have/remember error message). I remember at one point it said something about a soundcard problem, but do not have specifics. So then I went back into the interactive mode, turned off kudzu, and then near the end I turned off the "first time boot" also, and that finally worked and I can now get into a working operating system.

I figured that once I successfully logged in, I should be able to restart with no problems, but same errors again. I finally found the services config GUI and turned off automatic start of kudzu and first-time-boot. That fixed it, so now I can boot no problem.

However, this brings me to my current problem. When I go to Administration > Display, the entire machine crashes just like earlier. However, when I go to screen resolution, it pulls up and says that it can only display at 800x600 or 640x480 at 58-60 Hz. I can also go and change the background image. Any advise on how to fix this, or what configuration file (and where) I should look at?

Next, I have a Hawking 54G wireless card in my box, and I am not sure that it is supported by linux and have no idea how to get that functional. I do not have internet on the linux machine until I can either get the wireless working (preferred) or moving my networking equipment / very long cat5e cable.

I have looked at the following post on this page for the same mobo, but could not follow/understand. I did not find it was a good post with detailed explanantions. I do not know how to recompile kernel also, and he talks about that also.
"MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (MS-7125-010)"

Thanks for your help and advise!
 
Old 06-11-2006, 01:58 PM   #2
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Re your display problem: Go to the Fedora sub-forum here and read the "sticky" note re nVidia and ADI drivers. (I believe that Radon is ADI.) If that's correct, you need to configure yum to use the livna repository, and download the correct driver. (Consider installing yumex for a nice GUI for yum.)

Also you might want to look at the sub-sub-forum there ("Fedora - Installation") for advice.

Have you checked the HCL (button at the top of this page) for comments re your specific hardware?
 
Old 06-11-2006, 02:02 PM   #3
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Yes I did check the HCL and like I said, there was someone that posted saying that he had problems with some things, but the steps he took to fix the problems were not clear or easy to follow at all.

I will check out that yum repository thing like you said.
 
Old 06-13-2006, 01:17 PM   #4
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any other tips?
 
Old 06-14-2006, 05:20 PM   #5
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Nope, sorry.

I used to have a MSI board, but the onboard disk controller started smoking (an exaggeration, but it did fail), and I went to an ASUS board.
 
Old 06-15-2006, 02:42 PM   #6
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My main computer has a ASUS board and it works fine, I have not tried installing linux on that.

My newest computer has the MSI board and I'm just testing around with linux. Would love to keep trying new things and hopefully get it working if possible.
 
  


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