This page describes how to install Fedora Core 5 on this Acer Aspire Laptop.
This laptop comes with pre-formatted partitions, all fat32, as such;
sda1 = Acer's Recovery partition (3.9 gigs).
sda2 = Windows Installation (53.70 gigs)
sda3 = Acerstorage (fat32 storage space) (54.19 gigs)
This configuration allows the user to manipulate the third partition to make room for Linux. I used qtparted from my System Rescue CD to resize the sda3 partition, leaving about 25 gigs unformatted for Fedora. I then allowed Fedora to do a default installation on the unformatted space. This installed Fedora with the LVM partitioning scheme and created a /boot partition for Grub. Fortunately, Grub was installed on sda and was configured properly to dual boot both operating systems.
The first problem I had was with my FC5 DVD. The DVD drive just hung on any installation attempts, so I copied the 5 Fedora iso files to the second partition and passed the linux askmethod command at the FC5 splash screen. The installation was able to proceed normally, when I pointed the installation source to the iso files.
On my first boot into Fedora, I was greeted by a hanging system, at starting udev, preceded by messages for problems with the PCI express on my system;
“cannot allocate resource region 7 of bridge...”
“cannot allocate resource region 8 of bridge...”
“cannot allocate resource region 9 of bridge...”
After doing some googling, I found that this was a common problem. The fix is to alter the /etc/udev/rules.d/60-pcmcia,rules file. One must change the file to another name, such as, rules.d/60-pcmcia,rules.origional. Additionally, the etc/X11/xorg file had to be modified. In the video card section of the xorg file, I added the option;
Option “MonitorLayout” “LVDS”
I was able to boot into Fedora after making these changes.
Works fine. The audio is detected as an Intel ALC882 High Definition Controller.
Not connected during the initial installation. This laptop has a
Broadcom hardwired NIC card and a Intel Pro 3945ABG wireless card.
Plug in a cat5 cable and the connection can be set active in
System-->Administration-->Networking (in the Gnome desktop).
Since I have a DSL connection, I also set up a DSL account in
this section and entered my appropriate username and password.
Since I originally started this article, I switched to Verizon Fios, which is always on. Eth0 is configured using DHCP in the Network Manager for the wired connection.
It looks as if the wireless will be a bit more challenging. There is no native support for this card. However, I was able to set up wireless using the referenced articles. 1 2
I ran into a particular quirk with both Fedora Core 5 and 6, in terms of the lack of a correct kernel link to the kernel source files. You may have to add an appropriate symbolic link to point to the kernel source files.
ln -fs /usr/src/kernels/<kernel-version> /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build
For the first time in when I can remember, I elected to upgrade my Fedora Core 5 installation to Fedora Core 6. I ran into some perplexing problems with wireless. See the next page on that installation for details.
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