2011
08.03

It’s been almost 18 months since I installed Fedora Core 12, so I decided to move onto Fedora 15.

While the install went OK, I am not (yet) convinced it was worth the hassle. While it’s nice to pick up bug fixes, I haven’t noticed much change to the feature set.

Summary

Basic installation

Just like the previous Fedora 12 installation, I ran a final backup of my data to an external USB drive, and then performed a full installation from the FC15 i386 DVD (but without installing the gnome desktop manager). I completely formatted the drive during the process but this time I encrypted the /home partition — at least if my laptop is stolen my data will now be safe.

Once the installation completed, the first thing I did was to restore my data to the laptop.

ComponentStatus under FC15Notes
1.73GHz Pentium-M CPUWorksNo special procedure required during installation.
Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM ChipsetWorksNo special procedure required during installation.
1GB RAMWorksNo special procedure required during installation.
160 GB IDE Hard driveWorksNo special procedure required during installation.
DVD CD-RW TS-LA62A WorksNo special procedure required during installation.
15.4" laptop displayWorksNo special procedure required during installation.
Compaq Presario Q2159 21" LCD MonitorWorksDual head set up pretty much works now, unlike FC12.
ATI Technologies Inc M26 Radeon Mobility X700WorksNo special procedure required during installation.
Intel HD AudioWorksCenter speaker was mute by default, which threw me.
Internal IntelPRO 2915ABG Wireless Ethernet/Lan (802.11 a+b+g)WorksNo special procedure required during installation.
BluetoothNot tested.No plans to use this.
MicrophoneWorksNo special procedure required during installation.
Touch padWorksOnly basic functionality. No scrolling or double-tap support.
Ricoh Card readerWorksReads an SD card without any problems.
ModemNot tested.Not going to use this.
USBWorksAll my USB devices operate as before.

Issues

There were a couple of issues with the installation.

Network State

The wired network interface didn’t have an IP address when the laptop booted, even though the interfaces were up. Wireless operated fine. It seemed I had forgot to select the ‘Configure Network on Boot’ option during the installation.

I fixed this by editing a sysconfig file so ONBOOT for em1 was set to ‘yes’.

[root@localhost philip]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-em1
DEVICE="em1"
HWADDR="00:15:F2:D6:A5:86"
ONBOOT="yes"
NM_CONTROLLED="yes"

Skype and my Logitech Webcam

Skype didn’t work with my Logitech webcam. A quick Google search turned up the answer — Skype must be launched as follows:

env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

Configuration Files

I rebuilt the kernel — the configuration file is here.

System Information

[philip@localhost ~]$ uname -a
Linux localhost 2.6.38.82370VA-noPAE #3 Sun Jul 31 22:53:51 PDT 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
[philip@localhost ~]$ df
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
rootfs                20158332   6543464  12590868  35% /
udev                    444200         0    444200   0% /dev
tmpfs                   449236      4352    444884   1% /dev/shm
tmpfs                   449236       716    448520   1% /run
/dev/mapper/vg_keynes-lv_root
20158332   6543464  12590868  35% /
tmpfs                   449236         0    449236   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs                   449236         0    449236   0% /media
/dev/sda1               495844    123726    346518  27% /boot
/dev/mapper/luks-71c983a1-4208-4832-a586-7e7eddb186f8
54247892  43616444   7875764  85% /home
/dev/mapper/vg_keynes-lv_root
20158332   6543464  12590868  35% /tmp
/dev/mapper/vg_keynes-lv_root 
20158332   6543464  12590868  35% /var/tmp
/dev/mapper/luks-71...redcated
54247892  43616444   7875764  85% /home
[philip@localhost ~]$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 04)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 04)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 04)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 04)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 04)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev d4)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 04)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M26 [Radeon Mobility X700]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8001 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 13)
02:01.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b3)
02:01.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 08)
02:01.2 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 17)
02:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 08)
02:01.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 03)
02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection (rev 05)
[philip@localhost ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 13
model name      : Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.73GHz
stepping        : 8
cpu MHz         : 798.000
cache size      : 2048 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 2
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss tm pbe bts est tm2
bogomips        : 1595.99
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 32 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
power management:
[philip@localhost ~]$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c517 Logitech, Inc. LX710 Cordless Desktop Laser
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:092e Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Chat
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 044e:3001 Alps Electric Co., Ltd UGTZ4 Bluetooth

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