[nSLUG] Installation problems, Fedora 18

Vlado Keselj vlado at cs.dal.ca
Tue Jul 2 22:52:56 ADT 2013

I was thinking about using one of the older network cards, but using 
a USB Ethernet adapter seemed like a similar but easier solution (rather 
than opening a new computer etc.)

When I have a chance, I will run with some other Live distributions to see 
if the built-in Ethernet is recognized.

On Tue, 2 Jul 2013, George N. White III wrote:

> It isn't unusual to run into problems with linux on new hardware.  The first thing to investigate is whether the devices causing problems
> work with linux -- some vendors actively support linux while others make it difficult for developers to get access to the technical
> details.   It is silly to just randomly try different distributions without knowing what drivers your hardware needs since google should
> find the appropriate drivers given the hardware details.  With consumer gear the only reliable way to know what is in your box is to run
> lspci and check dmesg and Xorg.0.log.  If you can't get the video to work many distros have text mode installs or rescue boot options that
> give a text console.  Consumer distros often fix hardware issues in upgrades, so don't assume Fedora 18 won't work based on the DVD.
> In my experience, sound is the one device category that distros handle differently so if you need sound and have problems with Fedora 18 (I
> have not got sound to work in a Fedora 18 OpenBox VM, but Ubuntu worked without
> any fuss) then it might be worth trying some other live DVD's.
> It sounds like you have video and onboard network problems.  For video the vendor may have non-free drivers that work while the bugs are
> still being worked out of the free drivers.  If the onboard ethernet isn't supported you can install a card that does have good support.  A
> few years ago I was seeing problems with low-end ethernet chips intended for Windows web browser level applications that just did not work
> properly with linux and had to be disabled and a server-class card added.  Watch out for used ethernet cards -- I've seen lots of cards
> that pass the vendor's diagnostics but were useless for moving data -- some even managed to pass the diagnostics with several components
> that had been incinerated -- I suspect users tried to plug a phone wire into the ethernet jack instead of the modem jack.
> On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM, Vlado Keselj <vlado at cs.dal.ca> wrote:
>       Hi,
>       I am trying to install Fedora 18 on a new desktop (h8-1513cb HP Pavilion,
>       from Costco).  After solving Windows 8 "Secure boot" problem, it seems
>       that built-in Ethernet is not recognized and the display is shifted (a
>       right part appears on the left side).
>       Has anyone had similar problems?  Do you have any recommendations about a
>       good Linux distribution for new hardware?
>       Thanks,
>       Vlado
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