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Old 01-13-2007, 05:56 PM   #1
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Ok about to install Linux just some last minute help

Ok after testing Diff versions of Linux on VMware i'm gonna give Fedora 6 a go, Although i have a AMD 64BiT 4000+ CPU i will install the 32BiT version of Fedora 6, due to i get the feeling from some of the posts that that is the best option for now.

Anyway, i have an Nvidia GeForce 6600 G/C and was looking at to download a driver, but i'm a little confused as what to get.

Whats kmod-nvidia-legacy...? and whats PAE, kdump and xen..?
and would i install 586 or 686..?

Thanx again for any help

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Old 01-13-2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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for nvidia drivers, you could just use the drivers from the nvidia site.

Easy to install, only real "trouble" is if you ever decide on compiling a new kernel, you have to reinstall the nvidia driver!

Further more:

Xen= Xen™ is a virtual machine monitor for x86 that supports execution of multiple guest operating systems with unprecedented levels of performance and resource isolation.


PAE= In computing, Physical Address Extension (PAE) refers to a feature of x86 processors that allows for up to 64 gigabytes of physical memory to be used in 32-bit systems, given appropriate operating system support. PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs (including all later Pentium-series processors except the 400 MHz bus versions on the Pentium M), as well as by some compatible processors such as those from AMD. The CPUID flag PAE is assigned for the purpose of identifying CPUs with this capability.

My source:

Kdump= Kdump is a kexec based crash dumping mechansim for Linux. Kdump functionality is broken mainly in two components, user space and kernel space. Kernel space patches are already part of main line kernel tree. User space component is nothing but a patch on top of existing kexec tools.

More info:

And you should use a i686 installation!

Hope this information helps you on your way to installing FC6.
Old 01-13-2007, 06:40 PM   #3
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Thankyou for the info... The only reason i thought not to install the ones from Nvidia site is that there is suppossed to be problems with 3D acceleration.

Both ATI and Nvidia's proprietary video driver installation utilities
replace the Red Hat supplied libGL library with their own libGL.
Nvidia's driver installs a replacement libglx.a X server module,
removing the Red Hat supplied X.Org module in the process
Once you have either of these drivers installed on your system, you
can no longer use DRI with any video card.
Info taken from

If you are going to use any 3rd party proprietary drivers, please do
yourself and everyone else a huge favour, and at least get your
drivers from reputable 3rd party rpm package repositories such as which packages both the nvidia and ati proprietary drivers
in rpm packages which install the drivers sanely without overwriting
Red Hat/Fedora supplied files. These 3rd party packages install
the files in alternative locations, and configure the X server et al.
appropriately so that everything works. Since they do not blow
away OS supplied files, you can use the OS supplied drivers still
by reconfiguring xorg.conf. Also, if you decide to uninstall the
3rd party drivers via rpm, they just go away and cause no further
harm to the system. So PLEASE USE THIRD PARTY RPM PACKAGES if you
_must_ use 3rd party drivers. It helps create world peace.

If you choose to install ATI or Nvidia tarball/whatever drivers
directly from ATI/Nvidia (or any other vendor for that matter), your
system is 100% completely and totally unsupported. Even if you are
using _our_ drivers, your 3rd party driver installation may have
blown away our libGL, our libglx.a or any other files that have been
supplied by our OS. As such, your system is not supported.

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Old 01-13-2007, 06:46 PM   #4
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Yep you should definitely stick with the 32 bit version for now. The easiest way that I know of to make sure that you get the correct package for the kernel that you are using is to install yumex, add that and other extra repostiories and get the correct one for your kernel. In other words the package must match the kernel that you are using if you use an FC6 package. You can get your kernel version by issuing the command
uname -a
Old 01-13-2007, 07:01 PM   #5
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Ok thanx for that info... Well what i've done is use paragon hard disk manager pro to create the partitions i need, as i have data on the drive i am using that i need for now.

Problem is i have resized the drive so 130 gig what i wanted to save is still ntfs, and then i wanted to create 6 x 15 gig linux ext3 partitions and 1 swap partition, but it won't let me make more than 2... mmm gonna have to figure this out.
Old 01-13-2007, 07:04 PM   #6
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Ok i switched to Acronis Disk Director to create the other needed partions and all seems to be working..


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