View Full Version : Couple of installation irritants
12th June 2010, 09:16 PM
I recently did a full install of F13 on a new computer. Everything went well except for a couple of minor things:
1. I did a custom allocation of partitions. There was a way for me to force a partition to be primary but I saw no way to force it to be logical. I had previously created an extended partition on the drive and intended to put most of the Fedora partitions in it but I couldn't. I'm guessing that if I had used some partitioning SW prior to installing F13 I could have created the partitions that I wanted where I wanted and told the install to use them but still, I think I should have had that flexibility during the installation.
2. When I first booted, the ethernet card was inactive by default and I had to activate it. This seems to me to be a rather strange default. I don't recall that being an issue in previous installations of Red Hat or Fedora.
Did I miss something during installation?
12th June 2010, 09:34 PM
It seems like you used the Live Desktop version expecting the DVD full capabilities.
Normally, they are the same for the Desktop but not as the new versions have grown.
But the truth is installed on every Fedora iso.
1. The Custom partitioning install provides full partitioning for any normally used combination of of standard disk drive.
The force indicator is only to follow special legacy partitioning issues.
There is normally no need to use force, and the extended, logical partition are on the disk druid new partition button. (actually, logical may just be a regular on extended area?)
2. The Net does not start on the Live.
Did you use dhcp, did you give it a valid host.domain name, are you going straight into the internet or through a LAN gateway?
These conditions may impact the Live Desktop from release to release.
I think it is designed not to start for live as a security and for those systems not on the network. (This is more complex as NetworkManager controls the network by default.)
14th June 2010, 02:08 AM
I used the the full DVD installation media (Fedora-13-x86_64-DVD.iso).
I did not see anything in the custom partitioning panels that would allow me to put a partition in the extended partition that already existed. Maybe I just missed it. I've used Partition Magic and gparted in the past and they allow you to put partitions wherever you want.
During installation there were no prompts for anything relative to network configuration other than for computer name (I took the default), so the installation figured everything out. The only thing I had to do after booting up was to activate eth0. If, for security reasons, they think that internet access should be off by default, then they should prompt you during installation to ask you whether you want that default or not.
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Hmmm... Interesting but see this http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/13/html/Installation_Guide/Adding_Partitions-x86.html. There it says "Force to be a primary partition: Select whether the partition you are creating should be one of the first four partitions on the hard drive. If unselected, the partition is created as a logical partition."
Well, I never selected "Force to be primary" yet the first three partitions I created were primary!
So the partitioning software was not behaving in accordance with its documentation.
14th June 2010, 03:22 AM
"Force to be a primary partition: Select whether the partition you are creating should be one of the first four partitions on the hard drive. If unselected, the partition is created as a logical partition."
Well, that's incorrect in any book or doc.
But anaconda has worked pretty much the same since FC3 as far as custom creating partitions.
And a majority of the users are probably using LVM and only need 2 partitions, soon to be none.. :)
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