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  1. #1
    leigh123linux Guest

    Arrow Fedora 6 install kernel option & kernel swapping

    I have read so many posts complaining about fedora core 6 installing the wrong kernel at install. (This stops your ATI & Nvida and any other 3rd party drivers working)
    The i586 seems to be the default, To change this just type in at cd/dvd boot linux i686 this will install the i686 kernel instead.

    The option for installing i686 kernel is.( doesn't work always )

    linux i686
    Or

    Quote Originally Posted by bigjoe4265
    To apply an installer update image during install, here are the instructions from the Fedora project.

    http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Updates

    There is a link for the update image below the Common problems heading here.

    http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bugs/FC6Common

    In my case, I downloaded rawrite on a Win machine and wrote the image to a floppy then booted the FC6 disk and entered "linux updates" at the boot installer prompt. You will be prompted for the floppy.

    Bigjoe

    Additional boot option's for hardware problems

    __________________________________________________ _________________________
    HOWTO CHECK & CHANGE THE KERNEL AFTER INSTALL

    NOTE
    uname -a
    Cannot be relied on as it returns the wrong kernel arch.



    1) To check kernel type.

    a) quick test.

    Quote Originally Posted by wmc1369
    yum list installed kernel
    b) full test.

    rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}.%{ARCH}\n"|grep kernel|sort
    [leigh@localhost ~]$ rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}.%{ARCH}\n"|grep kernel|sort
    kernel-devel-2.6.18-1.2239.fc6.i686
    kernel-2.6.18-1.2239.fc6.i686
    [leigh@localhost ~]$

    There should be no kernel i568

    2) first you need to download yum-utils

    A)
    su -c "yum install yum-utils"
    To get the current i686 kernel:

    You will need to update the kernel first as other packages have now changed , use the C2) command to swap kernel

    yum update kernel
    B)
    yumdownloader kernel.i686
    If the version of the kernel downloaded is larger than currently installed:*

    C1)
    su -c "rpm -ivh kernel-2*.i686.rpm"
    Alternatively, if the version of the kernel downloaded is the same as that currently installed:*

    C2)
    su -c "rpm -ivh --replacefiles --replacepkgs kernel-2*.i686.rpm"

    Leigh
    Last edited by leigh123linux; 16th May 2007 at 08:17 PM. Reason: updated

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    I have the same question.
    My CPU is also dual core.

  3. #3
    leigh123linux Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by kylin
    I have the same question.
    My CPU is also dual core.

    This is not a question .

    This is posted here to help people installing Fedora core 6 x86
    the default fc6 install will try and install kernel i586 to stop this and install with the right kernel
    you have to type at dvd/cd install boot this option


    linux i686

    leigh

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    Noob question then.
    How do I find what version mine has installed? Tried:

    [root@localhost ~]# cat /proc/version
    Linux version 2.6.18-1.2849.fc6 (brewbuilder@hs20-bc1-5.build.redhat.com) (gcc version 4.1.1 20061011 (Red Hat 4.1.1-30)) #1 SMP Fri Nov 10 12:36:14 EST 2006

    but that doesnt seem to do it for me (or maybe I just cant translate correctly). Ive got FC6 running OK with an Intel 945D on an asus P5B but maybe I should blow it all away and start again if the version is incorrect.

    Cheers, Selwyn

  5. #5
    leigh123linux Guest
    got mental block for command for kernel version.
    in terminal type

    su -
    pirut

    select search then select installed packages ,then in search box type kernel then hit search

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    Thanks,

    Was i586. Reinstalled using the linux i686 option and now have kernel ....2798.fc6.i686

    Cheers, Selwyn.

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    Code:
    uname -a
    Linux spongie 2.6.18-1.2239.fc5 #1 Fri Nov 10 13:04:06 EST 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
    Kernel=Linux
    node=spongie (hostname)
    kernel-release=2.6.18-1.2239.fc5 #1 Fri Nov 10 13:04:06 EST 2006
    kernel version=i686
    machine=i686
    processor=i386
    Operating system GNU/Linux
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylin
    I have the same question.
    My CPU is also dual core.
    Aren't all dual-core chips 64bit? You should be installing x86_64 instead of i386. There is no kernel selection problem with x86_64.

  9. #9
    leigh123linux Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by A.Serbinski
    Aren't all dual-core chips 64bit? You should be installing x86_64 instead of i386. There is no kernel selection problem with x86_64.
    I do run some 64 bit OS , but prefer 32 bit fedora for everyday general use.

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    I do run some 64 bit OS , but prefer 32 bit fedora for everyday general use.
    Care to elaborate on 32 vs 64 a little? I went 32 because (a) I have 32 bit FC5 running on another box and I like baby steps where possible and (b) I've seen comments that 64 is a little flaky, at least in FC5.

  11. #11
    leigh123linux Guest
    FC5 64 was rock solid for me, never locked up. I prefer 32 bit for multimedia purposes .
    XV xvideo wont work with the graphics card I use when I use 64 bit. Linux (fu*king ati thing)
    Last edited by leigh123linux; 10th December 2006 at 01:38 PM.

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    If you use Linux, why did you buy an ATI video card? I could understand if it was a LAPTOP, since you don't have much flexibility, but for a desktop, USE NVIDIA!!!

    Hopefully the AMD buyout of ATI will filter out to better drivers (eventually). I see that they've already stepped up to Xorg 7.1 when previously they seemed stuck at 6.8.



    SELWYN: Flakey? Not in the slightest. Maybe in FC2 or 3 back when combined 32/64 was in its infancy, but its very good now. I run critical servers (where there's piles of $$ riding) on 64bit FC5. The ONLY area I can think of people having problems is with browser plugins - neither flash nor java make a 64 bit plugin. Easy fix though, use 32bit firefox.

  13. #13
    leigh123linux Guest
    I had a Nvidia 6800GT but it overheated and cooked CPU . I needed a cheap graphics card quickly and found this one secondhand it was cheap and had similar spec. (I know nvidia cards are easier to setup and are better supported)

    The latest ATI drivers have been a little better.

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    Typing linux i686 did nothing for me. Still ended up with the i586 kernel.
    Glenn
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  15. #15
    leigh123linux Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by glennzo
    Typing linux i686 did nothing for me. Still ended up with the i586 kernel.
    you must have typed it in wrong or something


    rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}.%{ARCH}\n"|grep kernel|sort

    su -c "yum install yum-utils"

    yumdownloader kernel-2.6.18-1.2849.fc6.i686
    su -c "rpm -Uvh --replacefiles --replacepkgs kernel-2.6.18-1.2849.fc6.i686.rpm"


    http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bugs/FC6Common
    Last edited by leigh123linux; 12th February 2007 at 03:51 PM.

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