Fedora Core 4

Error: Missing Dependency: is needed by package abiword

Consider using yum --exclude=libwpd* update until this gets fixed.

Kernel Panics a few seconds into Installation CD boot

On some hardware, you need to cause an error before starting the install. At the boot prompt, type 'garbage' (or anything else that isn't a valid kernel image name). After it errors, type your normal boot command (or press enter for the defaults) and voila!

See the bugzilla report

Screen corruption with Matrox and S3 video cards

Bugzilla Bug 161242 – libvgahw.a is broken in FC4, replacing it with FC3's solves the problem

Fedora Core 3

LVM issues

On some settings and hardware FedoraCore 3 will use LVM2 partitions, which are not intelligable by the majority of things you're likely to be DualBooting with, which means that you should avoid the LVM if you're dual booting and/or don't really need it.

Hangs at "Configuring kernel parameters"

This is because UDev hasn't loaded the nvidia devices. As root:

cp -a /dev/nvidia* /etc/udev/devices
chown root.root /etc/udev/devices/nvidia*

See the Fedora udev page for this and more info on udev in FC3.

No ATI BinaryDrivers?

No. ATI don't support 6.8.0 yet. Bug them.

Fedora Core 2

No MP3 player/no extra software?

See FedoraRepositories.

No nVidida BinaryDrivers?

At FC2 release time, there was no nVidia driver that supported a new feature in the 2.6 Linux Kernel shrinking the stack size to 4k. nVidia's BinaryDriver (version 5336 and earlier) didn't work with the 4k stack size. Recent versions of the driver (1.0-6106 and later) fix this issue and provide many other new features -- download here and see NvidiaDriverHowto.

If you need to make a 5336-or-earlier driver work:

  • Grab Linuxant's recompiled kernel which is the standard Fedora kernel recompiled without 4k stacks.
  • Get a kernel and compile back to 8k stacks.
  • Get a Red Hat kernel, reverse the "make 4K stacks permanent patch" and rebuild it with 8k stacks (ATrpms maintained a few of these)

No ATI BinaryDrivers?

These are easier to fix, but equally nasty for new players. See RadeonNotes -- the drivers work with the new stack size but you need to patch them for regparm and apply other Fedora fixes.

How do I stop Nautilus from opening a new window for every folder?
Where is Nautilus hiding the navigation buttons and the location bar?
How do I make Nautilus not suck? How do I make Nautilus not spatial?

  • gconf-editor -> apps -> nautilus -> preferences -> always_use_browser
  • You can issue this as a command line: gconftool-2 --type boolean -s /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser true

How do i turn off the graphical startup and make the kernel more verbose when it is booting?

Edit /etc/sysconfig/init and change GRAPHICAL to no

How do i make the kernel more verbose before it spawns init?

Edit /etc/grub.conf and remove the quiet option passed to the Kernel.

Why does Gaim not connect to the Jabber server in FedoraCore 2?

The initial version of Gaim packaged in FC2 had a bug where it wouldn't fall back to IPv4 when it cannot connect to a Jabber server on IPv6.

See the bug report

This was fixed in version 0.77? of Gaim and the latest FedoraCore packages.

If you really want to live on the edge you can get a recent CVS build, see

Why is my networking slow in FedoraCore 2?

Probably because you have IPv6 enabled but your IPv6 routing is broken.

How do I disable IPv6 in FedoraCore 2?

You probably want to disable IPv6 in FedoraCore 2.

echo "alias net-pf-10 off" >> /etc/modprobe.conf
echo "alias ipv6 off" >> /etc/modprobe.conf

See also

Why does Vim not recognize my Arrow Keys?

FedoraCore 2 no longer requires vim-common to be installed when you install vim-minimal. This makes vim not work very well. Install the vim-common and all should be resolved.

Why doesn't CrossoverOffice work under FedoraCore 2?

Several features enabled by default in FedoraCore break Wine and therefore CrossoverOffice. Upgrade to at least 3.01 or see CXOfficeNotes for details how on to fix this.

Why is named broken? I'm getting <tt>rndc: connect failed: connection refused when i try and stop named

named in FedoraCore uses a chroot jail to run in (/var/named/chroot). The configuration files for named (/etc/named.conf, /etc/rndc.key) need to be copied into /var/named/chroot/etc so named can read them when it loads up. Forget about the ones in /etc, it's broken.

For more info see Bugzilla 124992

Why don't I have NTFS support?

Disabled by RedHat for patent reasons; get pre-compiled NTFS kernel RPMs for Fedora.

How can I find out which version of Fedora I am Using?

cat /etc/redhat-release

For more information about Fedora, see our FedoraProject page.

Older stuff...

NVIDIA GLX Drivers with Fedora Core 1.

  • The current NVIDIA GLX drivers don't compile out of the box on Fedora. They require you to "export CC=gcc32" before running the installer. This was not the case on RedHat 9. Perhaps the Installer detected the compiler correctly on RH9??

    • FC1 ships with gcc 3.3, but the kernel doesn't compile with it yet so its compiled with 3.2 This means all kernel drivers need to be compiled with gcc3.2, which is included for just this reason. -- AlastairPorter
  • The drivers linked off the NVIDIA drivers webpage are older than the current driver set. The current set (as of 22/12/03) is 1.0-5328. I assume these match up with the ForceWare/Detonator 53 series for Windows.
  • The only version of the NVIDIA drivers I could get to work with my GeForce 5700 were 5328. I've not nailed down the complete set of variables but I got it to work fine with the following options in the "Device" section:
Option "NvAGP" "3"
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP"
Option "UseEdidFreqs" "on"

Note that I have a Digital Flat Panel monitor connected to the DVI port on my card. I'm going to play with TwinView etc later so will update on success/failure of doing that.