7. Q: Is there an easy way to get a 2.6 kernel running on Fedora?
A: Updated 24 Jan 2004 Yes! There is a 2.6 kernel in the Fedora Development Tree. (Note: If you have an AMD Athlon, just get the i686 package -- the 2.6 kernel now understands the difference between an i686 and an Athlon at runtime.)
I highly recommend that you look at this forum thread before you install, or if you have problems after you install.
And of course, as always, you should install this kernel using rpm -ivh kernel-2.6* (not with rpm -Uvh), so that you can keep a copy of your old kernel around in case you need it.
Problems and Their Solutions
1. Q: I get a warning about NOKEY / some gpg signature error!
A: Updated 24 Jan 2004 The NOKEY warning is not really a problem. It won't prevent you from doing anything. If you'd like to resolve it, do the following command to get the correct key for the site you're downloading from:
You must be root to do any of this.
* fedora.us: rpm --import http://www.fedora.us/FEDORA-GPG-KEY
* rpm.livna.org: rpm --import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY
* FreshRPMs: rpm --import http://freshrpms.net/packages/RPM-GPG-KEY.txt
* DAG: rpm --import http://dag.wieers.com/packages/RPM-GPG-KEY.dag.txt
* ATrpms: rpm --import http://atrpms.physik.fu-berlin.de/RPM-GPG-KEY.atrpms
* NewRPMs: rpm --import http://newrpms.sunsite.dk/gpg-pubkey-newrpms.txt
* JPackage: rpm --import http://www.jpackage.org/jpackage.asc
If you've never used up2date, you will also need to do: rpm --import /usr/share/doc/fedora-release-1/RPM-GPG-KEY* to get the standard Red Hat keys installed.
(Thanks to Kai Thomsen for the location of the ATrpms key.)
2. Q: What's wrong with my ATI Radeon 9600/9700/9800?
A: Updated 24 Jan 2004 Support for the Radeon 9800 is experimental, even in Fedora Core 1. There will be a patch released. This means that the installer doesn't work correctly with the Radeon 9800. This may also apply to the Radeon 9600 in various ways. There is a slightly complex workaround.
Also, if you have a KT400 (P4X400), or if you have general problems with direct rendering with these cards, check out swa's HOWTO about these issues.
Also, try turning off APM and ACPI, and see if that helps. To test this method:
1. When you first start your computer, you get the GRUB screen. Press a on your keyboard.
2. Add apm=off acpi=off to the end of the line that appears, and press enter. If acpi=on is in the line, delete it.
If that works, you can make it permanent:
1. Become root (su -)
2. Open /etc/grub.conf in your favorite editor. (If you aren't sure, try gedit /etc/grub.conf or jpico /etc/grub.conf.)
3. Locate the entry for your kernel. (It will probably be the first "Fedora Core")
4. At the end of the line that starts with kernel, add apm=off acpi=off
5. If acpi=on is on that line, delete it.
6. Save the file, and restart your computer.
Turning off APM and ACPI will disable all power management on your computer. You might want to be careful if you're on a laptop!!
(Thanks to Albert Strasheim for the APM/ACPI tip!)
3. Q: What's wrong with my Intel D8xx (D845/D865/D875) motherboard or similar IDE controller (disk space error)?
A: If you get an error message with the installer, you need to do linux allowcddma. The error message that some people get is: An error occurred transferring the install image to your hard drive. You are probably out of disk space.
If this solution doesn't work, try linux ide=nodma.
(Thanks to Neuberg Tor Erik, |Jef|, and StarHeart for this.)
4. Q: I have problems with Flash in Mozilla / my web browser!
A: Updated 24 Jan 2004 There are a few things that could cause this. There are two ways to fix this, using "yum," or not using it.
* Using yum:
1. Make sure that you're using the yum.conf from the installing software question.
2. Open a Terminal.
3. Become root (su -)
4. Type yum install flash-plugin
* Not using yum:
1. Download the Flash Plugin RPM to your home directory. (Choose the one for "Fedora Core 1" after you pick your location.)
2. Open a Terminal
3. Become root: "su -"
4. Type rpm -Uvh flash-plugin-*.i386.rpm -- the Flash plugin should now be installed correctly.
5. If you install a new version of mozilla, run this process again. (It won't always be this way.)
If it complains about you needing certain packages, those packages are in the CDs. They are also in the Fedora Core base RPMs. You install them the same way as the Flash RPM above (rpm -Uvh packagename).
The package you will most likely need is compat-libstdc++. As root, type yum install compat-libstdc++ to get it.
If you have any questions, see the Flash Plugin FAQ! (Thanks to Warren Togami for that link.)
(Thanks to various IRC folks and vegan_linuxguy for troubleshooting this. Thanks to "m d," David Ball, and others for pointing out an important typo in this question!)