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Old 10-07-2006, 01:55 PM   #1
elijahthegreat
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Help with installing Fedora Core 4 on my Dell XPS 410


Hello. I'm new to Linux. I'm trying to install Fedora Core 4 on my secondary hard drive, but I'm not having any success in doing so. I downloaded the DVD version and can start the process. However, I keep getting a message "Device drivers not found". I downloaded some drivers and attempted to make a driver cd, but it's not working. I hope that someone can help me with this problem so I can gain more experience with using Linux.
 
Old 10-07-2006, 02:33 PM   #2
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At what point in the install process do youget this message? Perhaps the drivers on your install CD are corrupt -- did you run the media test program that offers to check your DVD when you started the install? If not, you should do so to make sure you got a good download and burn.
 
Old 10-07-2006, 07:54 PM   #3
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Thank you. How do I go about checking the quality of the DVD to see if it has any errors?
 
Old 10-08-2006, 02:49 AM   #4
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You should get a prompt when you load the cd or dvd before the install ever begins.
 
Old 10-08-2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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That's interesting, because, when I start the installation, I place the DVD in the DVD drive and the Fedora Screen comes up. It gives me the option to install via text or graphic. I chose graphic and it starts the process. After I choose us, then where the image is (CD ROM), I get the "device drivers not found", and I cannot complete the install.
 
Old 10-08-2006, 11:32 AM   #6
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Sounds like you are erroring out before you get to the media check them. Try checking the md5 sum of the ISO you downloaded against the MD5s on the Fedora Web site. You can find a Windows MD5 checker here (note I don't generally use Windows, so I haven't tried this. It's the first thing that popped out of Google.).

If the MD5 sum is correct, try burning the DVD at a slower speed. That has helped me in the past.
 
Old 10-22-2006, 02:39 PM   #7
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If you are not getting the check media prompt then it sounds like you are getting an error. I havn't tried the DVD install on FC, though I'd recomend using FC3 or FC5. I've had very poor results from FC4. FC5 most likely as the 410 appears to have an odd driver for the nic card. The way I found this post was searching for a bit of info to help answer an install issue with somebody else using a Dell 410. On the CD installs you will always get a check media prompt first. I usually ignore it unless it's the first time I've installed with that media or it's been a bit since I installed with those particuler CDs.


FC5 will have newer drivers and you may well need those newer drivers. You can add the kernel post install but that's a pain and FC5 has noticable improvements in many areas over FC4. I still run FC3 on the machine I'm typing this from though. So it wasn't THAT much better LOL. Not enough to incite me to upgrade this particuler machine.
 
  


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