[nSLUG] Installation problems, Fedora 18

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 08:56:07 ADT 2013

Just trying different distros may not be very useful, it is much better to
find out what ethernet hardware is in your machine and investigate the
linux support for your device.  Often it is just a question of tweaking the
configuration.  The kernel may be loading the wrong module or loading the
right module with the wrong options.  Newer distros tend to use a dynamic
network configuration more suited to laptops where you may be plugging and
unplugging ethernet cables and moving between wireless AP's.  For always on
servers it is better to use a static network configuration, but if you use
sleep or hibernation with your desktop a dynamic configuration may be
better but at a cost of more opportunities for configuration glitches.

Normally, lspci will tell you what device you have, and google or the
vendor's website will tell you the status of linux support.  I'm sure if
you post the lspci entry someone will help track down the linux status info.

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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> > George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
> > Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
> >
> >
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George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
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