View Full Version : Need some installation help please

30th August 2006, 03:01 AM
I am new to linux so forgive me if I am missing something obvious...

I downloaded and installed the FC5 x86_64 package

My system setup:
AMD64 3700+
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe mobo
eVGA Nvidia 7800GT
Seagate 120GB hd

I created a 7gb partition on my drive (which I later regret doing)

The install went fine barring the fact that I had to use text mode. If I tried to use the GUI the screen would look all garbled when it tried to load it up. I have since realized that I can use the GUI if I use linux vesa at the prompt. That being said I have a few questions...

- Why can't I use video without that command? I tried to install the newest nvidia driver, but it keeps telling me that it cannot load the interface kernel.

- After a successful install should I already have a /usr/src/linux-2.6.15-1 directory?? As far as I can tell all that directoy has is redhat. I have tried to unzip the 2.6.15-1.tar.bz2 to no avail. Once I try to make modules and make modules install I run out of space!

I know that the initial 7gb wasnt that much, but I read that a full install should only take 3gb max.

- Once the install is done is it required that I compile the kernel source?

- Is it recommended that I upgrade to the newest linux kernel?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

30th August 2006, 04:45 AM
7 gig is testing the limits, I would think?


There is no need to recompile a kernel
If you want to update to a newer kernel then use yum


I think most of your issues are related to the size of the partition you are using.
Not sure where the 3GB max you referenced came from.


30th August 2006, 04:45 AM
Well, I'm running 32 bit on a 64 bit chip, so things are not quite the same, but the original kernel that shipped with FC5 is not the best for you. If you do 'yum update' as root (su -) it will bring your system current and install the latest kernel. You should also set up your system with the livna repository and then install kmod-nvidia. Try to use yum whenever possible to install and remove programs instead of using source. Some excellent sites that may help out are:


Now, keep in mind that these are mostly set up for 32 bit, so check the links to make sure you're pointing to the right directories in the repositories before downloading.

Once you have the updates done and a new kernel in place, try 'system-config-display' to make sure your resolution and card and monitor are all listed correctly.

30th August 2006, 05:16 AM
Yeah I hear ya on the disk space issue. I might just have to double the partition size, format the linux partition and start from scratch.

Hmm it sounds like my problems would be solved if I actually had my internet connection working!

I havent been able to get it to work. On startup it says eth0 could not be initialized. I have a PCI Netgear WG311T adapter installed to no avail.