Sunday, May 25, 2008


fedora9 x86_64 with nvidia and centrino (d620)

In fact I am trying to move from F8-386 to F9-x86_64.


- Via upgrade installation... It doesn't work (F8 i386 packages are not replaced)
- Via install if you use the custom partitioning and don't change the partition
layout and don't format you will keep your data but the F8 i386 packages are conflicting.
- Remove the conflicting packages (via rescue installed system).
rpm --root /mnt/sysimage/ -qa | grep i386 | xargs rpm --root /mnt/sysimage/ --nodeps --erase
rpm --root /mnt/sysimage/ -qa | grep fc8 | xargs rpm --root /mnt/sysimage/ --nodeps --erase
avahi (fc7.i386) has a broken postun scriptlet use --nopostun for it.
- Redo the install as previous.
- yum update (to use a kernel).

Fixing remaining problems

- Remaining problems (now investigating with a 4 Gbytes USB key as F9 disk)...

Dual screen doesn't work (solution: Use nvidia 173.14.05)

- default looks ok. But no dual screen.
- xorg-drv-nouveau: Give a bad resolution and strange (green colors) when randr12 on.
- nvidia: Doesn't work (X doesn't start, not the right ABI from
- nouveau from git (080525): See
use the Fedora location (drm and xf86-video-nouveau).: ./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64).
restore the if you tried nvidia before (yum reinstall xorg-x11-server-Xorg)
- nvidia try 2: It works with

wifi (centrino) doesn't work (solution: use intel firmware and stop NetworkeManager)

- default doesn't work (well not well enough to use it).
- remove the firmwares that are installed and doesn't correspond to the 3945 board.
yum erase ipw2100-firmware
yum erase ipw2200-firmware
yum erase iwl4965-firmware
normally something like the following should be done:
yum search 3945
yum install iwl3945-firmware
But in fact that doesn't help because the iwl3945 the driver complains (Do dmesg | grep iw) the firmware seems to be the same version ( than the F8 and I am using driver iwl3945 too. After retest it seems that it also doesn't work now on F8.
It is working using firmware from
on both Fedora versions in /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-3945-1.ucode)

It seems that stopping the NetworkManager service helps (even with

PC speaker makes loud beeps:

In /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist add:

install pcspkr /bin/true

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