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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...


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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