LinuxQuestions.org
Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 01-31-2006, 06:47 AM   #1
lioncoeur
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Distribution: Fedora Core 4
Posts: 9

Rep: Reputation: 0
Dell Inspiron 1300 + Fedora Core 4


Hi Everybody

I've been using Linux for about a year now, and I've tried Debian Woody/Sid, Mandrake 10.1 (back then), Ubuntu Breezy, Knoppix and finally I'm stuck on Fedora Core 4. I've never (well barely) had any problems installing a distro on a PC, it usually works "out of the box".

My first nightmare began last Friday, when I got my new Dell Inspiron 1300. In the shop, Ubuntu Live CD worked perfectly, no problems at all. Detected Synaptics Touchpad driver, could scroll with it, tap to click, everything. The screen wasn't perfect, but it worked. It's stuck at 1280x760. I couldn't test anything else at the shop, but this was enough for me so I took it home and spent 3 days playing with it to get FC4 to work.

Now, while Ubuntu looks nice, for me, it's not the best system. I never had much preference for not having a root account, and even though you can enable this in Ubuntu, it then seems to conflict with the SUID settings, so the only way I can do system administration is by opening up a root terminal and then running the GUI program. Also, several things I use just do not compile on Ubuntu (TinyFugue, Eterm) and I'm sure there's a way to do it, but after I've seen how FC4 is, I really can't do anything else

Anyway. Finally, on Monday morning I was able to get a bootable kernel following some advice on these forums to comment out parts of the /etc/rc.d/sysconfig files pertaining to the sound driver, which were hanging the installation at: "Initializing hardware: storage network". So, I got a 2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 kernel working, it detected everything that it needed to (screen, ethernet, touchpad) and so I was able to 'yum upgrade' in an attempt to bring everything up-to-date.

Now I have 3 kernels to pick from in my grub menu:
Code:
2.6.14-1.1653_FC4
2.6.14-1.1656_FC4
2.6.11-1.1369_FC4
Third option works perfectly. First and second both hang at this step:

Code:
Loading keyring
- Added public key 123456789
- User ID: Red Hat, Inc. (Kernel Module GPG key)
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
Now, while it's not really an issue since everything works with the 11-1 kernel, I'd like to be using the latest ones, and now that Broadcom are making a driver for their wireless cards, which this machine has, I'd eventually like to be using the 15-1 kernel, since I read that's all it is compatible with.

I really appreciate any and all help any of you can give me with setting this up, when the whole thing is done I'm planning to document it and stick it up somewhere, since this is a great machine and will be even greater when everything works

Thanks in advance,
 
Old 01-31-2006, 07:05 AM   #2
lioncoeur
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Distribution: Fedora Core 4
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
I tried adding:

Code:
acpi=off
to GRUB boot parameters when booting the 1656 kernel and that worked. Well, first it said something about not being to find /etc/fstab then said it would remount the file system and relabel it SELinux (it was doing that for about ten minutes) then boot went on normally and I'm in my desktop.

Can someone explain to me what happened?

Thanks
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fedora Core 4 on Dell Inspiron 8600 Sound Doesn't Work rayvenuk Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 08-06-2005 11:29 PM
Fedora Core 1, Dell Inspiron 5100, battery anna466 Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 10-12-2004 08:12 PM
CDROM problems Dell Inspiron 1100 Fedora Core 1.0 cddesjar Linux - Hardware 3 07-02-2004 03:24 AM
Dell Inspiron 5150 and Fedora Core 1 Graphic Problem j0217995 Fedora - Installation 1 04-08-2004 08:05 AM
fedora core 1 on dell inspiron 2100 lawkh Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 03-26-2004 11:26 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:30 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration