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Old 01-08-2008, 03:00 AM   #1
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Fedora installation problem


While installing Fedora on an older Dell inspiron 1100 everything seemed to go well, but it required a lokalhost password as well as a password to start everything. The place for typing in a password didn't respond or accept anything I tried to type in.
During the installation I was only required to give passwords for root access.
I am an absolute Newbie.
Thanks for any help.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:38 AM   #2
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Assuming you are using Fedora 8.
At install you set a root password.
At "firstboot" it will prompt you to make a regular user account. For more info goto http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f8/en_US/ and look at section 17. You can also take a look at http://www.howtoforge.com/installati...edora8-desktop for screen shots.
If you did not get the "firstboot" screens which happens if you install and reboot then ignore the PC for a while you can login at the login screen as root with the password you used for root during install. You can then make sure firstboot is enabled by running as root at a command line:
Code:
chkconfig firstboot on
Then reboot your PC and it should run thru the firstboot configuration.

If you can not login at the login screen press ctl+alt+F1 which will switch you to console mode. Use the login name root and the password you used at install. Then run the chkconfig command there and reboot.

If you can not login at the console mode then you forgot your password. Just reinstall.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 04:16 AM   #3
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Whoa, talk about coincidence !!!. First attempt at Fedora today (I *hate* RPM based distros), on an Inspiron 1100.
Didn't go at all well. I suspect it didn't like the way the video is handled - pity the installer didn't know about 855resolution or somesuch.
It looks like X is not installed at all. Will have a better look tomorrow - I am going to try the install on another machine tonight at home.
 
Old 01-09-2008, 07:15 AM   #4
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O.K., here's what I tried.
- redid the install (in toto), using the text installer. Got a bit further.
- yum installed 915resolution (and autostarted), set it to 1024x768x16.
- couldn't get any of the xorg config tools to generate a useful xorg.conf; even using a known good one from Arch linux failed.
- did a groupremove on X Window, and re-installed it (with 915resolution active).
- after that X fired up, but I couldn't get the synaptic driver to recognise the mouse-pad. Even tried a USB mouse - no go.

All in all, I'd say give it a miss - too much hard work. Especially if you are a newbie.
I will be trying Ubuntu Gutsy tomorrow.
 
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Did Feisty (7.04) instead - had to use the alternate (text-mode) install CD.
Came up o.k., but didn't use the full screen in X; needed to add the horizontal and vertical refresh rates. LAN, mouse-pad, all came up o.k.
 
  


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