[nSLUG] Installation problems, Fedora 18

Dave Flogeras dflogeras2 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 07:37:54 ADT 2013


Vlado,

could you post the output from lspci? You will probably need to be root to
run it
On Jul 2, 2013 10:56 PM, "Matthew FitzGerald-Chamberlain" <
chamberlain2007 at gmail.com> wrote:

> As an aside, the USB adapter seems to be an increasingly popular solution.
> I needed to buy a PCI Express card, and couldn't find any on campus
> (PCPC/Hardware Services), at Best Buy/Futureshop, etc. Not that I mind
> going to a smaller store, but I was surprised at the lack of availability.
>
>
> On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM, Vlado Keselj <vlado at cs.dal.ca> wrote:
>
>>
>> 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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>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > --
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>> > Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
>> >
>> >
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