I just upgraded my 2 computers
[cases] with new motherboards, CPUs, memory, HDDs, etc. When I do this kind of major upgrade every 2~3 years, that's when I typically install a newer Linux
OS (I will never "upgrade" my windoze machine beyond WindowsXP64 --- not ever). However, from my experience so far, and the messages on this [and other] fedora forums, I wonder what I should do. I'm looking for tips, advice, gotchas, warnings, you-tell-me.
I downloaded fedora9 DVD ISO, burned the DVD, then performed the install - which did run to completion (though the visible area of the display was extremely stretched horizontally). But that's where my problems began. After I booted the OS and entered "first time" info, I tried to update the 273 packages that the upgrader decided were "out of date". No luck. The package updater just crashes. Once it produced an error message, but I forgot to write it down. Sorry about that. When I tried to install livna, it reported I didn't have sufficiently high permissions or authority (or something to that effect). Funny, because I always run as "root", which typically avoids problems like this.
So, to make a short story long, should I just avoid fedora9 for now and reinstall fedora8, which is what I have been running for the past many months? As an alternative, I tried to boot up from my fedora8 HDD, but it was decidedly unhappy. Perhaps that's because my previous CPU
was only one core (AMD Athlon64 3700+ 939-pin as I recall) and my new CPU has four cores (AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition AM2+). I guess I cannot expect to boot a working fedora8 on a new MB/CPU can I? I didn't think so, but I decided to try anyway, since it took me quite a bit of time and effort to get fedora8 working for my 3D simulation engine development work. Actually, it took quite a bit of volunteer effort from several people in this forum too! Hopefully the gurus who hang around here now are just as helpful.
So, what's the advice (based upon my new system). The only items from my previous system are: case, power-supply, DVD-drive, 3D graphics board (i even replaced the fans!). The only boards installed in the motherboard
are the 3D graphics board and the extra 2 gigabit ethernet ports (the motherboard has one 1Ge port). I will probably reconnect my two existing 250GB SATA2 drives once everything is running properly (but not yet). One is fedora8x32 (which I ran most of the time) and the other is fedora8x64 (which I will overwrite with either fedora9x64 or re-install fedora8x64 once I figure out what to do).
Thanks in advance for advice/feedback (especially all those non-obvious things I must do).
----- system specifications -----
MB = MSI K9A2 platinum 790FX (AM2+ motherboard specified by AMD for phenom)
CPU = AMD phenom x4 9850 black edition (not overclocked or fiddled - i never do that)
RAM = dual channel (2G+2G = 2 DDR2 boards) : skill DDR2-1066 F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
3D video = XFX GF8600GT 540MB 512MB DDR2 TV DVI PCIe (nVidia GeForce 8600 GT)
ethernet = intel EXPI9402PTBLK dual GBT (an extra 2 gigabit ethernet ports)
HDD = seagate 1TB 7200rpm (ST31000340AS)
cooling = zalman CNPS9700LED cooler
power-supply = 750 watts