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Old 11-11-2003, 10:07 PM   #1
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Fedora Core 1 ( Yarrow ) Trouble-shooting guide.

Fedora Core 1 trouble-shooting guide.

This thread is for adding Issues+answers

Please do not add questions to this thread..

TIA, your fellow LQ members

Mp3 Support in Fedora.
This should help those looking for mp3 support in Fedora. That is unless you are using the latest XMMS. This is for the stock XMMS version ( 1.2.8 ) in Fedora.

Nvidia Driver Issues.
Here are instuctions on installing Nvidia drivers for those who might be having problems. I got these instructions from....

read through the thread and look at mishmash's post.

"1. Modify the /etc/inittab file to force booting in console mode (i.e. text mode, not Xserver). You only have to change the line


to this


2. Restart the computer. It will boot in text mode.

3. Login as root.

4. Move to the directory where the NVIDIA .run file was downloaded.

5. Run the following command to set the CC variable and thus avoid the CC mismatch error.

export CC=gcc32

6. Install the NVIDIA driver by running the following command. It should install correctly.

sh ./

7. Move to the directory where the XF86Config file is located, i.e. the /etc/X11 directory.

8. Modify the XF86Config file by changing the line

Driver "nv"


Driver "nvidia"

in the "Device" section.

9. Modify the XF86Config file to remove or comment out (by adding the # at the beginning of each line) the lines

Load "GLcore" (I did not find this line though...)
Load "dri"

in the "Module" section.

10. Make sure that the XF86Config file has the line

Load "glx"

in the "Module" section.

11. Modify the /etc/inittab file back to what it was, i.e. with the line


12. Reboot the computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del.

Everything should be OK after this. For newbies, just run the game TUX racer, itf the NVIDIA driver was installed correctly, the game should display "very" smoothly...


Building your own Nvidia RPM's
If you want to build rpm's of form srpm's for Nvidia's drivers then here is a link were you can download them from so you can build your own rpm's. I used the commands below to rebuild my own for future use just in case. Make sure you do the export bit or else you'll encounter problems.

'export CC=gcc32'
'rpmbuild --rebuild --rmspec --rmsource --target i686'

Remove the '' <- and if you want you can adjust the target platform to athlon, i586, etc to match your machine. Below is the link to the website I got my source rpm's from.

3com Nic Issues
If you are having problem with your 3com nic then here is a link for that as well.

Fedora's CD Package Manager Fix
Too fix the CD package manager to access the rpm's on your cd's well here is the link to get the lastest one which should be patched up and fixed

Adding NTFS support to Fedora.
If you want or need NTFS support in Fedora and plan on sticking with the stock kernel then here is a link to the NTFS driver for Fedora Core 1 ( Yarrow ). Install this driver via the 'rpm -ivh name-of-the-rpm.rpm' command. To setup NTFS via your fstab file click on the second link and read the information provided. Make sure you create a directory in /mnt and that you also use the same name for that directory in your fstab file as well. Of course if you download and install a kernel from one the apt repositories mentioned below you should have support for NTFS via that kernel and you just need to reference the folder and setup your directory, I think.

Info on setting up your ntfs partition.

Info on setting up permissions for your ntfs partition.

Wow that's it I think ? I hope all of this helps some of you and I hope the Fedora team puts out a less buggy release next time ! I think it was really sloppy of them to not build the kerenel using gcc33 or at least they should of put up warnings for Nvidia users about the whole 'export CC=gcc32' bit to help us out on the front of their website. Don't get me wrong I like this distro and I am using it on a spare p2 400mhz pc with XFCE-4 as my primary GUI but they need to bug test this distro a little more before releasing new core's. This distro so far is faster then Mandrake 9.2 on the same machine and Gnome 2.4 is good but not as fast as XFCE-4 though. Anyways if you guys have something I left out please feel free to post it in this link to help out others who might be having problems.

P.S. You get apt-get and synaptic from here from this site. Apt-get/Synaptic along with YUM and Up2date really help out a lot in keeping this distro up to date.

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Old 11-11-2003, 10:41 PM   #2
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You can disable the login beep by adding this to your
/etc/X11/gdm/Init/:0 file

"/usr/X11R6/bin/xset -b" right after the copyright and minus the quotes.

Also, if experiencing problems with the GNOME Settings manager you can delete the dirs in /tmp called gconfd-yourusername and orbit-yourusername... log out and back in... I get these errors constantly and apparently it has something to do with these files not being cleaned out and saved properly by GNOME.
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Dsfh24, if you clean up the layout (lack of headers, unnecessary understrikes, doublespacing etc etc) so it'll be easier to read, then I vote for making it a sticky. Anyone noticing "sticky worthy" Fedora (troubleshooting) posts, post the URI, and I'll look if I can merge 'em.
Old 11-12-2003, 10:21 PM   #4
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Is this better now unSpawn ?
Old 11-14-2003, 12:48 PM   #5
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Don't reboot

Instead of rebooting to run level threee just get to a virtual console to do the work, CTRL-ALT-F1 for example. Log in there as root and type init 3 at the prompt. Then run all the nVidia stuff. When finished type init 5 and your graphical envrionment comes back. Then CTRL-ALT-F1 to get back to the virtual console and logout of that console. CTRL-ALT-F7 will get you back to your graphical environment.
Old 11-23-2003, 11:07 PM   #6
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Additional Nvidia driver info

Because of the way that Nvidia packages their drivers, some OpenGL apps don't work properly after you install their drivers on Fedora Core 1. The full details are here:

I used method one on my system (rm -f /usr/X11R6/lib/tls/libGL*) and it cleared up my problems with Xscreensaver, but it seems to have hosed up several SDL games (segfaults). Tuxracer, Frozen Bubble and Foobillard all crash, but chromium runs fine.
Old 11-28-2003, 10:59 AM   #7
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How-To: Tekram DC395UW PCI SCSI

Here is my How-To for Tekram DC395UW PCI SCSI card under Fedora Core 1 distro. The author/moderator may want to include in the 'trouble-shooting guide'. Thanks.

How-to install driver for Tekram DC395UW PCI SCSI card:

This How-to discusses installation of this SCSI card under Fedora Core 1 distro only. I havent' tested elaborately, and I won't either claim this is the correct way. But it worked fine in my case. So, use it at your own risk.

1. Get sources for kernel in rpm form. Rebuild & install them
1.1. Get kernel sources rpm kernel-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl.src.rpm from
1.2. You also need 'gcc32'. Get the rpm from Use command 'rpm -Uvh <rpm name>' to upgrade/intall
1.3. Use 'rpmbuild' on rpm package obtained in step 1.1. i.e. kernel sources. Use 'rpmbuild --rebuild <rpm pkg name>'. This runs for a while depending on your system's speed. At the end it leaves the kernel source code in rpm pkg form at /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386. This pkg has 'kernel-source' at the beginning of it's name
1.4. Use 'rpm --Uvh <kernel-source pkg name>'. This creates a dir 'linux-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl' in /usr/src, and a symbolic link 'linux-2.4' to it.
1.5. Create another symbolic link in /usr/src, using 'ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl linux'

So far we just prepared the kernel source code tree ready. Now, the following are DC395UW specific steps

2. Obtain DC395UW specific source files
2.1. The source files are available at Copy the tar ball to some convenient location and extract the files
2.2. Run 'make' where these source files are extracted
2.3. After a brief period of time, this location will have dc395x_trm.o file. This is the module for your Tekram DC395UW PCI SCSI card
2.4. Copy or move to /lib/modules/2.4.2-1.2115.nptl/kernel/drivers/scsi sub-dir
2.5. Edit the /etc/modules.conf file to have this line
"alias scsi_hostadapter dc395x_trm"
2.6. Run '/sbin/depmod -ae'. If this output any errors about dc395x_trm, something went wrong. I don't know what it is.

3. In my case I edited the /etc/rc.d/init.d/rc.local file with this line, "/sbin/modprobe -k dc395x_trm". But you may have a better idea

4. You can delete the sysmbolic link 'linux' created in step 1.5., and if you want delete the kernel source tree installed in 1.4., and DC395UW source files installed in step 2.

Good luck !!!
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Re: How-To: Tekram DC395UW PCI SCSI

Originally posted by inon^
1.1. Get kernel sources rpm kernel-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl.src.rpm from
1.2. You also need 'gcc32'. Get the rpm from
kernel-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl.src.rpm @ and gcc32-3.2.3-6.i386.rpm @
seem to be a better choice, linking to RawHide (the development tree) is not a good idea.

In this case the RPMs seem to be the same but the kernel sources aren't available at (any more).

Regards, Stefan

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Another tip for nvidia-users

You should not do:
rm -f /usr/X11R6/lib/tls/libGL*

rpm -e XFree-Mesa-libGL --nodeps
To uninstall that rpm without checking for dependencies.
The nvidia rpm will fix that dependency.
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Fedora and NVidia vs Mike

I have been skimming through trying to get this NVidia driver working. I am going to share what I just got working just in case it helps someone. Apologies if someone else covered it and I missed it.

It started when I wanted to get the WineX Point2Play application running in Fedora. I had not seen the "rpm -e Mesa" thing before and my OpenGL was not working. Under the System Tests I was showing a problem with OpenGL Rendering while 3D Rendering was fine.

So I went looking for a solution which brought me here (among other places). This is what I did to get NVidia driver working, as listed below:

1. rpm -e --nodeps XFree86-Mesa-libGL
2. export CC=gcc32
3 Normal NVidia install from the .run package

The results of this were tested in the WineX Point2Play application under the System Tests tab. Now the OpenGL rendering was fine. But of course, apt-get upgrade showed a bazillion broken dependencies. Running apt-get -f install would fix them but the OpenGL rendering would die. Running rpm -e ...Mesa.. reversed it again. And so on.

So I dug around and noticed what files were changing. I noticed that the /usr/X11R6/lib/tls directory was being deleted after rpm -e. In this directory were two files. One was and the other was a symlink to the first one named, which is what all the dependencies were yelling for. Meanwhile, in /usr/lib/tls there were with symlinks to it named and - all of them dated tonight and obviously built by the NVidia .run package.

So my simple fix to make EVERYONE happy was to go ahead and let apt-get -f install fix all the dependencies. Then I deleted /usr/X11R6/lib/tls and replaced it with a symlink to /usr/lib/tls. This way apt-get is happy, NVidia is happy and WineX Point2Play is happy. Viola.

Unless one of you gurus sees an unforseen gotcha??
Old 12-17-2003, 07:46 AM   #11
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To fix the libGL dependency problem, install back the MesaLibGL with --justdb option ..

Remove the Mesa libGL package
$ rpm -e --nodeps XFree86-Mesa-libGL

Reinstall with --justdb to satisfy RPM (from the CDROM)
$ rpm -ivh --justdb XFree86-Mesa-libGL*
Old 02-09-2004, 11:39 AM   #12
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You say:

7. Move to the directory where the XF86Config file is located, i.e. the /etc/X11 directory.

8. Modify the XF86Config file

Exactly how do I go about modifying /etc/X11/XF86Config when I am logged in on runlevel 3?.
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vim /etc/X11/XF86Config
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you may also want to use the rpms.testing repository at for updating your nvidia drivers.

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lupin_the_3rd Thanks. It turns out it was the wrong driver. Duh. I removed the one that came with my RH8 boxed set and installed one from the factory page. So the video works now I go to work on the audio.


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