ok i'll go in order
have you tried the simple things like network cable plugged in.
where is the laptop getting its ip from? i assume adsl modem/router..
first check to see if you have got an ip
[root@patserv pat]# /sbin/ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:50:8D:A6:19:90
inet addr:192.168.1.4 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::250:8dff:fea6:1990/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:1050549 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1143540 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:523398057 (499.1 MiB) TX bytes:831417320 (792.9 MiB)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0xa800
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:1600 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1600 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:2299538 (2.1 MiB) TX bytes:2299538 (2.1 MiB)
if you haven't got an ip and there is a dhcp serer on your network then try as root
this should find the dhcp server on the router.
you could instead set it up manually
/sbin/ifconfig eth0 192.168.1.X up
then /sbin/route add default gw 192.168.1.1 (assuming the ip of your router is 192.168.1.1)
or if you wanna do it nice and simple avoiding the command line then KDE has a nice GUI config - Kmenu/system setings/network
power stuff not really sure at all. sorry. haven't got a laptop yet (will do soon
) so as for power settings i don't know. try googling for help with that.
right so if you did a stock install from cd and didn't mess about the the atuomatically assigned paritions that diskdruid gave you then it should be pretty easy to change the size of the swap partiations.
fedora after at least 3 maybe 2 started using logical volumes and volume groups. for more info on what these are the do a google.
provided you didn't mess around with anything then you should have your hard drive as volume group and that divided into logical volumes. look on the web for a better explaination that this...!!
using /sbin/lvm you can resise your swap partition down and then make the data bit bigger.
type help once its loaded. theres a set of commands begining vg.. and others begiining lv.
you wanna use the lvresize one. don't touch the volume group one.
i've never done this before and its supposed to be perfectly safe but i'd have a look arround on the net first before going straight for it.
also its probably worth starting a new topic just for this subject (logical volume resizing)