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Old 06-07-2004, 10:39 AM   #1
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RH9/FC2 dilemma


Hi all,
I was running a dual-boot winxp/RH 9. RH 9 was working perfectly fine and i had everything setup according to my requirement. Somehow i've been tempted to try out a new linux distro and since I was using RH9, I falled back on FC2. I burnt the ISO and upgraded my RH9 to FC2 last night. FC2 is more or less like RH9 and it preserved all my files too but it jumbled up menus in X. Also my firewire card (ohci1394) was running fine in RH 9 but now FC2 does not recognize it. At boot, it says failed to load the module. Here's my question,

Can I load RH 9 from the ISO that i have and then get a regular update. I installed RH 9 in feb and then had numerous updates through RHN. Before upgrading to FC2 my kernel version was 2.4.20-31.9 now its 2.6.5-1.138. I felt if i advance to a newer kernel, it will have all the functionality of the previous kernels but would also give me the latest system. I was wrong since it does not support ohci1394. I use firewire to connect my camcorder to record and edit home movies.

Can anyone help??? I am relatively new so I am in fix and dont know what to do...

Thanks,
 
Old 06-07-2004, 10:40 AM   #2
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can i go back to RH 9 and then get regular updates like I use to using RHN before they stopped the support.
 
Old 06-07-2004, 01:23 PM   #3
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In a nutshell, no. Support for redhat 9 finished a while back, and i doubt you could get those updates unless you downloaded each updated rpm by hand and installed them.

Can you not recompile your kernel to include support for firewire?

I just found this link that says firewire is broken on fedora, suffering possibily a similar stack problem to certain other drivers. The link is below:

http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedor.../msg00015.html

It may be possible to work around it with a little effort, and by compiling/using the latest cvs subversion code from here, and reconfiguring your kernel to use 8k stacks as opposed to 4k..

http://www.linux1394.org/

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Old 06-07-2004, 01:42 PM   #4
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I dont know how to recompile a kernel? Is there a risk in kernel recompile?? As I may end up doing something wrong while kernel recompile and my system might go dead or something. This may be a hypothetical fear but i know nothing about kernel recompile and hence i'm apprehensive about it.
 
Old 06-07-2004, 01:59 PM   #5
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Try this link for a guide on compiling a new kernel. I had never compiled a kernel until 4 days ago, and i had no problems doing it with these instructions. The reason i did it was different to the reason you need to do it, but the compiling instructions are the same. The only difference is you will need to enable the 1394 driver in xconfig before you save the file.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...05&postcount=7

Also you will need to get the subversion source off the cvs server and compile it before you do the kernel.

For further reading if your still apprehensive, equip yourself with the knowledge from this howto:

http://www.digitalhermit.com/linux/K...ild-HOWTO.html

Also after compiling the new kernel, when u reboot you will have a new option on grub so if it fails you can reboot and use the old kernel to get back on.

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Old 06-07-2004, 02:15 PM   #6
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i also posted a thread last night just after upgrading to FC2.

Here is the link

Someone suggested that I should backup my files on then do a clean install of FC2. If a clean install is going to solve the problem, then i have only few files to backup and i can then clean install FC2. I am a bit confused and i realize that i've started to post confusing posts.

Anyway here's what i think i can do. I'll first backup my files...then I'll try recompiling kernel. If that doesnt work, I'll do a clean install.
 
Old 06-07-2004, 03:18 PM   #7
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Id go for the reinstall first, so you can rule that out. But i dont think it will change anything. But doing so will allow you to cross something off your list.

After that if it still doesnt work, you could try the new kernel method.

As far as the reinstall goes, use manual partitioning and dont format your home partition (assuming you didnt install to one big partition). But i suspect you did the big partition method, so backup to cd/dvd.

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