Linux noob here ... Booted up a Live CD of Fedora 17 (64 bit). Pleasantly surprised it booted right up without needing a second monitor due to nVidia graphics card (other distros didn't play as nice). I did a fresh install from the Live CD and rebooted, so far still OK.
Played with system for a while, liked what I saw, so next performed the Software Update (all) and rebooted. I noticed in the GRUB menu there is a new choice, along with the "Fedora 17" which has kernal 3.3 something or other, there is a boot option to Fedora 17 with kernal 3.4 something.
The older kernal (3.3) boots up fine ---- The problem is when attempting to boot to the new "updated" kernal (3.4). The system requires a second monitor to even view the spash screen? (the circle with an "F" in the middle of the screen), It then boots to where the log-in dialog should be, i.e. the wallpaper with fireworks and hangs there. No log-in dialog, no mouse, nothing but the fireworks picture. Have to reboot by holding the down the power button. Can only fully boot into the older kernal.
What might the cause of not booting into the "updated" fresh install? What might be the fix?
As I am new to linux (2 months) and Fedora (2 days) step by step detailed instructions are geatly appreciated.
System is a Dell Precision M4500 with nVidia graphics FX1800m, 250gb SSD drive, 8gb ddr3 ram.