Quick note: Installing Fedora on an Asus Intel i5 w/ nVidia fails unless….

Friday, August 5th, 2011

I'm installing on an Asus A53S at work using Fedora 14.  I won't use Fedora 15 until they clean up the GNOME 3 fiasco (I want my old workflow, not something cool just to be cool).  The installation fails when it tries to launch X.  If you don't want a stripped down system (ie by [...]

Preparing for Fedora 11: Installation on the Acer laptop

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Fedora 11 was released this past week and I’ve already downloaded the various netinst and DVD ISO images for both 32bit and 64bit systems at home.  I’ve got 5 computers to upgrade: 1 development server, 1 MythTV server, my desktop, 1 Myth client and my laptop.   Since I’ve now got a nice quad-core in [...]

Dawning of a new age: A Quad-Core system finds a new home

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

For the past 4 years I’ve worked happily at home with my Acer laptop.  I’ve discussed many of the issues I’ve had with running this laptop with Fedora.  For the most part, despite how those posts may sound, I’ve actually been pretty happy with both the laptop and with running Fedora on it. But times [...]

The Everyday Guide to Fedora Upgrades

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

I’ve been working with the various incarnations of Red Hat Linux, including Fedora, since before the company went public.  In that time I’ve done more than just a few upgrades from one release to another.  With each upgrade I learn just a little more about administering my own Linux system.   I’m not always pleased with [...]

Intel graphics, xrandr and GNOME: the case of the moving panel

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

If you’re using xrandr on a box with an Intel graphics chip in order to setup your dual displays then you might have noticed that GNOME moves its main panel to the monitor connected to the external VGA port.  This happens because the Intel chip says that the external VGA is the primary port and [...]

Using xrandr with external display ports

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I’ve noticed a lot of searches on xrandr in my blog stats and have been wondering what the problem is.  Xrandr is a command line tool for enabling or disabling multiple display ports on your system as well as setting display resolution and even rotation.  You would use it, for example, to enable TV-Out or [...]

Intel driver updates: 2.5.99.2 and 2.6.0, plus a little about DRI2, Compiz and GEM

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Judging from the most used searches and posts  (thank you wordpress stats), interest in the Intel Xorg. driver is extremely high.  While it’s easy to see that’s true on the X.org mailing list, looking at my own blog stats was the first time I realized other end users were having issues getting the driver up [...]

F10 intel driver: a few more tidbits

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

I was reading various web sites today when I came across an article on ComputerWorld discussion the 5 best features of Linux 2.6.28.  On of these items is GEM, the Graphics Execution Manager.  This is a new architecture of sorts that allows for better X performance (in a nutshell).  Why this is interesting comes from [...]

F10 and xorg intel driver: solved

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

My problems with the intel driver provided in the F10 distribution have been resolved.  I had to compile the driver manually, along with the libdrm prerequisite, but it was rather painless and surprisingly easy to accomplish.  MythTV is now happily serving up live TV and videos on my laptop monitor while I work on the [...]

Fedora 10 issues with intel driver and multihead

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Over the holidays I upgraded my laptop to Fedora 10 (previously I had only upgraded my MythTV server).  The upgrade went fairly smoothly following the information from my previous post on upgrading a MythTV server to F10.  However, my laptop supports dual monitors.  Of course, that didn’t work out of the box. The laptop, my [...]