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Jan. 5th, 2006

Wow. I can *do* that?! http://www.tf58.bravofleet.com/forum ; Didn't take me as long as I thought it would, considering I never installed or tweaked one of those before. Did manage to mess up the template once, but hey... hooray for backups!

Still battling to install Linux Fedora on my laptop :: headdesk::  It.. just.. doesn't... wanna..cooperate!!!!! ::twitches:: and the media tests on the CDs say they're fine, so what the heck's up with it not working... guh...


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Jan. 5th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't had a problem with FC lately, what's it stopping at? and what machine?
Jan. 5th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
says termcap.5.4-4 is corrupted. and there's another isntance where it goes through the first CD fine, but stalls on the second and that's that.

It's a Toshiba Satellite laptop.
Jan. 5th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Hm. Have you tried doing a bare install then installing the packages once you're inside FC? Plus, that way, you won't have the headache of trying to get rid of the RedHat version of (old) Firefox (and other software) to upgrade to the latest one.

I'm trying to figure out what package requires termcap as a dependancy -- I've never heard of it before, but it also sounds like something from the Development pacakge -- which may or may not be important to you. :-|
Jan. 5th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
I've tried the default, I'm now testing the First CD and it comes up as FAIL... >.< very weird....

I'm going to try installing the bare bones of things. I suspect it's the X-Window , going to switch that with GNOME , I'm used to that one better anyway.
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
I have the gut feeling your CD-ROM drive doesn't like that particular brand of media, or worse CD-ROM drive might be failing >.< It may even be your CDRW drive cranking out bad discs. Does the drive make any strange noises or sounds like it's struggling? When the setup is consistantly flaky on a particular file, it tends to be the CD :( -- If you have another computer that can hold the ISO files, it might be worth trying a network install.

I looked up termcap on Google, and it's a bunch of gibberish I don't know how to use. Try going to other terms by hitting Ctrl-Alt-F1 and Ctrl-Alt-F2 and so on -- the installer process runs in a different term, and many behind-the-scenes messages and errors are surpressed.

I'm heading to a Linux Users GRoup meeeting tonight and ask around. There's a lot of Fedora nerds in this particular group, heh.
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Original CDs.

I've tried burning a copy of the .iso I got from fedora site, but it burned the thing as a data file, and I need to get more blank CDs >.<

I'm trying to install is as a standalone OS BTW.

There's the text mode installation but I'm not 100% comfortable with using that one
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
I actually prefer the text mode installation, since X crashed on some of my desktops -- I've had a case where if I move the mouse erratically, X crashed and rebooted the machine. Just get comfy with the Tab abd arrow keys and you'll be fine ;)

Yea, I assumed a standalone install, but I meant "network install" as installation using the network as installation source, rather than a stack of discs. It consists of you sharing the folder in Windows, than mounting it as something like /temp/fedoradisc1 before you run anaconda or the text installer. This is also assuming your network card detects. I can get to that if it boils down to it.

Since they're original discs, that rules out a bad ISO download, and a bad CD burner -- but still leaves the possibility that it might've been a bum disc from the stamping factory, or a flaky drive :(
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
Also, I forgot to mention -- you can get the ISO Recorder Powertoy from Microsoft for free, and there's a free CD burning suite available as well.

I talked to some colleagues, and a lot of them suggested that it may be bad RAM as well.
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try a dual-boot install. Might help with things. If not I'll have to wait until I can upgrade my PC so I can make a second one out of that and use that as a standalone Linux box. I just wanted to play with it before I'd done anything 'serious'
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