[nSLUG] Installation problems, Fedora 18

Vlado Keselj vlado at cs.dal.ca
Wed Jul 3 23:35:12 ADT 2013


This fixed the problem!  Excellent!  Thank you!

I have downloaded the bz2 file from the site, unpacked it, ran "make", and 
"make install" as the root, and after a couple of reboots the Ethernet 
port worked.


On Wed, 3 Jul 2013, Matthew FitzGerald-Chamberlain wrote:

> A quick search found the alx driver supports the AR8161 chipset: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/networking/alx.
> The instructions there assume an environment has been set up for compiling, so make sure you have that set up (ie, sudo yum install gcc
> gcc-c++ make kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms)
> 
> 
> On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM, Vlado Keselj <vlado at cs.dal.ca> wrote:
> 
>       lspci output is attached.
> 
>       Regards,
>       Vlado
> 
> 
>       On Wed, 3 Jul 2013, Dave Flogeras wrote:
> 
>       >
>       > 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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