Ok – a bit off the storage side.
I recently undertook the daunting task of installing Fedora Core 7 on my Dell Latitude D620 laptop.
The hardware summary is as follows:
Intel Core2 Duo – T7200 (2x 2.8GHZ)
Intel 3945 802.11 Wireless
Broadcom 10/100/1000 Network
Sprint EVDO Express (Novatell internal)
Dell 350 Bluetooth module.
Now in deference – I was afraid because the first thing it did when I installed it was failed to boot. I figured I was dead in the water from the start – this was solved by adding the following to my grub.conf file:
kernel /vmlinuz-188.8.131.52-91.fc7 ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quiet clocksource=acpi_pm
I don’t understand the dynamics of why, but apparently there is a timing issue that needs to be fixed.
The Bluetooth and Wired network modules worked right out of the gate, I was fairly impressed because I remember installing fedora some years ago and finding that NOTHING worked.
Next came the Intel 3945 Wireless card. This was a pain because there is a driver that ships with FC7 that ALMOST works. It recognizes the card, and the average user will spend about a day messing with it before realizing that the easiest way to fix the problem is to dump the stock ILW driver and go with the IPW3945 driver from FRESHRPMS.NET. Once I got it installed (YUM is a wonderful thing) it took just a little tinkering to figure out how to get it to pass my WEP key to the router and grab an IP address.
Last but not least was the sprint card. I wasn’t hopeful because I hadn’t seen a single document on FC7 and the Dell 5700 EVDO card.
I found one on Sprint’s website for Ubuntu Linux, didn’t really help because Fedora and Ubuntu put their configuration options in different files in different places. I found another document for the Sprint card (again for Ubuntu) at This Link.
Luckily everything translated almost exactly.
And so it works. 🙂 I can TermServ back to my Vista desktop if I need to do any Windoze stuff.
You’d think I have too much time on my hands – I don’t. However I get pretty single-minded about some things. 🙂