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Centrino on FC2 Part 2

It’s been a while since I promised to post instructions on getting the Centrino working on my Thinkpad T40 with Fedora Core 2 and unfortunately, I forgot eveyr step I took in order to get it working.

The most recent problem I faced was that one of the yum repositories posted an updated firmware driver for the Centrino. I didn’t think much of it and downloaded the update using yum. Well, after the install, things just slowly started falling apart. It took me roughly four hours of trying various updates, installs, uninstalls, reconfigs to finally get the Centrino working again. Needless to say, I decided that there better be a really really good reason to update the firmware.

I basically went down the route of unistalling the firmware, uninstalling the kernel modules, removing all references to the centrino ethernet device in my modprobe.conf and in my networking setup. Then reinstalling the firmware, then reinstalling the kernel modules, then finally cnfiguring and reconfiguring the multiple network devices on the laptop. In the end, I was able to get the Centrino working as a new device, eth0 instead of the previous eth1. However, I’ve had to remove the kernel module for the gigabit ethernet that’s built into the laptop and my Linksys WG511 no longer works. As soon as I get some time, I’ll try and get these two other network devices working but for now, the Centrino on FC2 is very stable and my boot profiles for DHCP or static IPs work wonderfully!

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Fedora Core 2 Update

I’ve been away on vacation, buried with work and spending time with the lovely wife and relatives so it’s been a little tough to spend time on the computer. I’m finally getting some time today to get back to tinkering.

Mozilla Foundation released Firefox 0.9 recently. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get it to run. I tried looking for a FC2 RPM but so far no luck. It’s been getting some good reviews so I want to try it out.

FC2 RPM updates have been coming out pretty regularly. So far, I have to say that on my personal laptop, my home computer and my work computer, FC2 has been running very smoothely.

At the moment, I’m trying to get my centrino chip working on my T40 Thinkpad. Quite a few people have gotten it to work with the ipw2100 drivers.

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Lexar ThumbDrive not detected on FC1->FC2 upgrade

This is a strange one. My 128MB Lexar Thumbdrive gets detected and mounted automatically on my Thinkpad T40 but on my Dell desktop, FC2 isn’t even detecting it.

FC2 on the Dell is detecting my Palm Tungsten T and a USB Bluetooth dongle, and a USB multi-card reader but not the Thumbdrive. Again, odd but it’ll require some poking around on the net.

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I just installed gnome-blogger on my FC2 Dell desktop. Looks very simple and powerful with decent editing features. What would be nice is to have a blog plugin for emacs…something to look around for 🙂

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Fedora Core 2 Experience

I just finished my download of Fedora Core 2 after 4 days of trying and funny enough, using Bittorrent from Europe was faster than using the torrent for the US ( I’m located in the US). Go figure.

I did the following upgrades/installs:

  • Installed FC2 on a new partition on a Dell desktop with FC1 already installed along with Windoze XP
  • Installed FC2 from scratch a Thinkpad T40 where FC2 Test 3 was already installed
  • Upgraded FC1 on my Dell desktop to FC2

Here are my initial impressions:

  1. Install of FC2 on new partition
    • The install went fine. I wrote down the partition that I wanted to do the install on, and away the installer went.
    • Upon completion of the install, the Bootloader was updated. Unfortunately, the boot configuration did not pick up my previously installed version of FC1 on a different partition. I booted up into the new minimal installation of FC2, mounted the boot drive partition of FC1 and added the Grub information back to /boot/grub/grub.conf.
  2. Install of FC2 on a Thinkpad T40 with FC2 Test 3 already installed
    • No problems with the install
    • No other extensive tests done yet.
    • Wireless LAN card was not picked up by the 2.6 kernel so I installed the Prism54 drivers for the Netgear WG511 manually. Though not an ideal situation, since apparently the drivers should be included in the 2.6 kernel, the card works nonetheless.
  3. Upgrading FC1 to FC2 on a Dell Desktop
    • The installation process worked as it should
    • The boot configuration again messed up and did not pick up that I had installed FC2 from scratch on a different partition. It blew away the settings for the minimal install of FC2 so I have to add the entry back in manually. It would be nice if the Fedora Installer was as smart as the SuSE installed and pick up all other distros installed. Oh well, maybe FC3!
    • I had a little Postgresql database that will have to be upgraded to the new version of the DB format for Postgresql. Not a big deal, done it before for Postgresql.
    • On my first boot into the upgraded installation, XMMS and the Gnome-Sound Preferences wouldn’t play any sound. I went into the Sound config utility and probed the Turtle Beach soundcard and I got sound. Let’s see what happens on subsequent boots.
    • The infamous XKB error is now appearing. Here’s the resolution.

More to come as the testing continues…..