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Old 02-13-2008, 07:06 PM
"Wade Hampton"
 
Default F8 Install issues on IBM A31p laptop

I really look forward to being able to use F8, however my luck is not so
good at this point. (I am just getting to F8 as my desktops are
CentOS 5 right now).

I am having serious install and update issues with my Fedora 8 on an IBM A31p
laptop. This has only 256M RAM but has been running Fedora Core 4 for years!

An update from FC4 to F8 failed (I gave up after 3 hours). I would expect it to
either fail or try, but not to hang working for hours.... In the past,
I have reported
very, very long update times from one Fedora to another (for example a laptop
at home going from FC5 -> FC6 took 16 hours). I had hoped this was fixed....

Next, I tried an install, reformatting /boot and / (kept my data partitions and
/home). The installer failed several times on package 1000 or so of 1200+
packages. On both tests, I had selected desktop packages + development
packages + some other misc. packages.

The installer also failed when I added in my IBM recover VFAT partition
to the mount list.

Notes:
- I hope these issues have been resolved in anaconda....
- All installs were using the recover CD using hard disk install with
the install DVD stored as an image on my hard disk.

I finally selected just desktop, minimal partitions, etc., and F8 installed!

During install, my USB mouse (Logitech optical wireless) was stuttering, but the
internal trackpoint worked. Each time I moved it, it would pause, then jump.

On the first boot, the USB mouse still stuttered and networking (e100) failed.
I removed and reinstalled the e100 module, tried static IP, etc., but networking
remained down (yet dmsg showed the NIC was up). I had to reboot yet again.

Once it was loaded and booted, the NIC and mouse worked!

However, yum update failed with an error "out of memory". I then updated
just openoffice - this worked. I next tried doing a full yum update again.
Again it failed, hanging the computer several times.

After a reboot, a yum update would report that the yum lock still existed.
Should the yum lock (/var/run/yum.pid) be cleaned out on a boot?
One time YUM failed with
"OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory:
'//var/cache/yum/updates/primary.sqlite.bz2'"

I am now trying to update in pieces but I keep getting missing files,
including:
yum update firefox:
Package yelp needs gecko-libs = 1.8.1.8, this is not available.
yum update
Error: Missing Dependency: gnome-python2 = 2.20.0-1.fc8 is needed
by package gnome-python2-bonobo

I am now partially updated (kernel, openoffice, etc.). I have yet to
install development packages, etc. This is getting very frustrating.

Yum mirrors should be left in a consistent state so you don't get
problems like this (very difficult for newbies or someone who
is not familiar with yum). I have had this problem for years as well.

Any help would be most appreciated. Sorry for the long-winded mail...
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:22 PM
"Wade Hampton"
 
Default F8 Install issues on IBM A31p laptop

F8 is now working on my A31p laptop. Sorry for the long rant yesterday,
but it was a painful, 2-day process getting it setup and updated.

I look forward to trying F9 alpha on this laptop and seeing if some
of the issues I found have been addressed (strange mouse
issues, out of memory with yum, etc.).

Thanks,
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