I decided to put a fresh install of Fedora 16 on my Asus G51J (with nVidia GeForce GTS 360M, and Core i7 1.6 GHz, 4 Gb RAM). I had been having problems with my keyboard, which seem to have disappeared when I re-installed Windows 7. I am trying to see if the problem re-emerges with Linux. However, when I try to install Fedora 16 from both the Gnome (32 bit?) and KDE (64 bit) Live CD's, the process hangs when the Live CD tries to start the window manager. The KDE CD gets a little bit further and I see errors related to the nouveau driver. They say things like:
nouveau: Failed to idle channel 2
nouveau: Failed to idle channel 3
nouveau: PGRAPH TLB flush idea timeout fail
How do I get around this? If I remember correctly, I did not have this problem with the fedora 15 64 bit Live CD. In an old post, http://forums.fedoraforum.org/newthr...=newthread&f=6
, I mention that the way around this is boot into a minimal video mode and then install the nVidia binary driver. Is this still the case? When I booted the GNOME CD with the kernel option 'nomodeset' the window manager loaded and I was able to get to the GNOME desktop.
Incidentally, the keyboard issue involves certain keys not working at random times. Usually it is the 'e', the '3' and the space key, but I think that there are some others. This is not the problem that I am trying to solve at the moment, but I would be interested to hear if anyone else has had this problem.
Perhaps the best plan would be to try to reinstall Fedora 15 and see if the keyboard issue comes back.