Sunday, 24 February 2008


Tried plugging in my Sony Alpha 100 to download some pics, but nothing happend. No detection of the dvice it seemed, so tried plugging into the memory card reader directly. Appears that isn't understood by Fedora Core 8 either.

Just on the off chance, I tried plugging into one of the mainboard USB ports on the rear on the PC, that worked and up popped the 'import images' tool which was useful in importing the images.

The memory card reader/front USB I was trying to use is connected to an internal USB header on the motherboard, it seems something isn't right with that rather than the Fedora installation not understanding the camera. So all is well :)

Monday, 18 February 2008

Yum loving

Decided to leave the WiFi card thing for a bit... I don't *need* it sorting so it can wait. Maybe I'll just keep eyes open for a one with 'proper' Linux support.

In the mean time, a bit of tinkering and I've got my Apache http working with PHP stuff.

Isn't yum great?!
Tell this program I want xyz, and off it jolly well goes and fetches and installs them automagically.

So a 'yum install php-xml' installed the php xml libraries. Brilliant.

Same for mplayer, as the Totem player that ships with the install doesn't have a lot of codecs installed. While easy to add them, it costs. So now I need to figure out where to change the default player for video files to mplayer instead of Totem.

Then I need to think wether I need Totem at all.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

A bit more digging and it seems that maybe MadWifi isn't what I need....trying to install some other drivers...

From lspci:
01:08.0 Network controller: Texas Instruments ACX 111 54Mbps Wireless Interface

A bit of googling leads me to believe I've actually been trying to use MadWifi when I should be using a different driver (acx111).
Having added the ATrpm repo to yum I downloaded the MadWifi stuff as instructed but still no sign of the device in the network control widget.

So I try following the guide (for dummies) here....

- svn checkout
- make
- make install

So far, so good :)

Then I need to use modprobe to install it apparently... I thought I just had with the 'make install'? :/
Apparently /sbin/ isn't on the PATH for root by default, so added that to the .bash_profile for root and try again, this time it seems to work.

Following the instructions in the page above I issue a command that is suppose to create a handle for the WiFi card...

[root@yeti madwifi]# wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta

For the system to return with 'wlanconfig: ioctl: No such device'. That can't be good :(

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

re. WiFi card

Shouldn't be too hard then...

Just need to find how to add repositories to the Yum conf and hopefully it'll deal with it quite easily.

It's finally happened

After a number of failiures over previous months that I have recovered from, my RAID-0 setup failed once too often for me to tolerate. Given that every time it happens I have to dig about for a floppy drive in order to get the windows installer to recognise the SATA drives. So I figured next time it got into that situation I'd get a new disc and rather than install WinXP, take the full plunge to Linux.

I have been experimenting with Linux for quite a few years, lately it seems much more
likely to suit my needs as a main system. I have been using Fedora Core 6 for a few years now on my laptop, but with WinXP on the main PC.

So, which distro to use?
As most of my trials have been with versions of Redhat or Fedora since RH6, I figured that was the way to go. So my PC is now running on FC8.

I've heard some people whining about Fedora recently, so thought I'd share my experiences, trials and tribulations with anyone that is interested. Not that I expect many!

Installation went well on my system, I guess for comparisons sake and to put comments of speed into perspective, I ought to outline my system:

ABit NF7-s board (athlon 3200+ barton)
2x512Mb 400MHz dual channel paired corsair RAM
SATA 160Gb drive that houses the OS and working data
IDE 120Gb drive - was the backup drive for my windows installation and will continue in this function
Radeon 9600 256 (or might be 512)Mb graphics card with standard d-sub and DVI outputs
PCI wireless card D-Link DWL G520

Only problem, the wireless card wasn't understood by the installer. It didn't error, just no driver present so will have to install that separately in due course.

With the exception of the WiFi card, all hardware was detected and worked out of the box.

Next step, ask yum to do it's magical updaty goodness.... half a Gb of download later and I'm bang up to date. Though I was forced to use the command line to use yum (su to root), for some reason the button on the panel didn't work. Possibly a permissions thing as logged in as user not root?

I'll try the update button when logged in as root another time.

OpenOffice 2.3 came with the OS so no need to find/install an Office suite later.
Picasa (Googles image management software) installed flawlessly.

Tried playing a couple of videos, the player (Totem) realised it didn't have the correct codecs and told me where to get them, I haven't yet done. Some vids played out of the box without requiring codecs.

Certainly better behaviour than the effort of Windows Media Player which just fails with a message about needing a codec but no info about what codec it is that's needed.