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Is AskFedora done? Is Fedora 29 the end?

asked 2019-01-28 00:40:36 -0500

TheBigDuck gravatar image

I am reading my, and many other posts, about Fedora 29 not installing, people getting black screens, etc... and no answers for any of them.

I've successfully installed previous versions using basic graphics mode, 'nomodeset', etc... with minimal issues and even then, the AskFedora community was great.

Now, trying to install Fedora 29 and I am getting nowhere... startx fails. Nothing seems to work.

Is there a better venue to ask for help, or maybe is Fedora done now that another organization has purchased another organization?


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With out specifics on your issue it is complicated to help you. Be specific detail the hardware were you are installing where do you download the iso, etc. By the way I have not used startx on Fedora in years. Fedora 29 use Wayland by default so X server may not be installed.

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2019-01-28 08:43:22 -0500 )edit

Especially the information about which Nvidea driver you have installed is missing.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2019-01-28 10:44:52 -0500 )edit

There is no OS that is completely free of bugs or other problems see and post information we can use to help you, hardware, error messages, did you checksum the iso?

Panther gravatar imagePanther ( 2019-01-28 11:16:05 -0500 )edit

i also wondering. Waiting for 2 days that someone can help me....bc i too, cant install fedora 29 (KDE). See my thread with additional Information

xxdressielxx gravatar imagexxdressielxx ( 2019-01-28 12:37:46 -0500 )edit

Please try a Fedora Spin with a different desktop: See

K7AAY gravatar imageK7AAY ( 2019-01-29 18:16:01 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-02-07 10:17:03 -0500

TheBigDuck gravatar image

Sorry for all my grousing.

I really love Fedora and using another Linux flavor (slow and buggy) was driving me kinda nuts.

The answer is, if you own a Lenovo, is to:

  1. Update to the LATEST BIOS. Older BIOSes had issues.
  2. Set the Display Graphics from Hybrid to DISCREET.
  3. Install as per usual.

I am writing this is on my Lenovo P72 running Fedora 29 and it's everything I dreamed it would be! image description

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Your problem is related to the Nvidia graphics adapter. Has been discussed here and elsewhere many times. there is ways to fix it.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2019-02-07 15:23:09 -0500 )edit

I am also running 16GB RAM with 500GB 860 evo but processor is a bit weak i3 7100U, but since it's linux so it doesn't feel weak.

abcool gravatar imageabcool ( 2019-02-08 11:14:13 -0500 )edit

answered 2019-01-28 08:57:35 -0500

dbxx gravatar image

No AskFedora is not done and Fedora 29 is not the end! :)

I see one thread from you without no answer. I understand that you are frustrated, but i think to post this topic and to rant is not justified.

Maybe it would help when you provide additional infos in your topics and what steps you have already done. People always try to help but it is not always easy. And before they guess something wrong, they prefer not to say anything

Fedora and especially Fedora 29 works like a charm for me. Therefore, I can not understand your statement.

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you are so patient :-) Hopefully Fedora 29 is not the end!

But yeah. Linux is not for everyone, it requires reading and dedication. Asking for help is important but you need to learn how to provide useful logs so others can help you.

revolucion09 gravatar imagerevolucion09 ( 2019-01-28 11:35:37 -0500 )edit

I guess my frustration (and rant) is based on the fact that I've had Fedora running like a charm previously on my Dell XPS 15 and I loved it. I really don't mind getting technical and using command line magic to get stuff done, but A LOT OF PEOPLE have the same gripe:

1) Went to install. 2) Black Screen.

Is there someone at the Fedora Installer Team who is aware of these issues? I am trying to install on a Lenovo P72 which is RH Certified, and this is really frustrating.

TheBigDuck gravatar imageTheBigDuck ( 2019-01-29 06:42:09 -0500 )edit

I can't find any related bug reports. Can you file a bug report at with all technical infos?

dbxx gravatar imagedbxx ( 2019-01-29 15:00:01 -0500 )edit

The issue is the Lenovo BIOS, which is set for Display = Hybrid. You just need to change it to DiSCREET, and it all works great. I'll be honest, I was pleasantly shocked when it all worked.

Further, I tried a few other distros (I won't disparage any here) and they just didn't have the speed and stability of Fedora.

TheBigDuck gravatar imageTheBigDuck ( 2019-02-08 18:57:17 -0500 )edit

That sounds good. I'm glad it's working now.

dbxx gravatar imagedbxx ( 2019-02-09 03:39:00 -0500 )edit

answered 2019-02-08 11:12:07 -0500

abcool gravatar image

I just switched from Windows 10 to Fedora 29. Don't say this. I am on a learning curve and don't want to switch now again so early. Please keep Fedora running. Fedora 29 added support for NTFS, earlier one had to run mounting scripts. Hope to get wireless display(Screen Mirror) feature in Fedora 30 just like in Windows.

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answered 2019-01-28 18:50:55 -0500

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updated 2019-01-28 18:53:47 -0500

As far as startx failing:

I like to boot to "runlevel 3" and "then" use startx. In terms of systemd, my default target is

For some reason, "startx" started failing about a half year ago, however, if you look at the startx script it eventually just figures out parameters for display and xauth then lanches xinit with those parameters.

If you manually type in the same xinit command that startx generated and tried to launch, it "works".

what I did to fix this was add an "echo" statement to the startx shell script that output the "xinit" command at the end to another file, so I know the xinit command with all the parameters startx would have issued.

then I type that command and it works.

In fact, I made a post here about it: link text

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What de are you using and why are you using starts rather than gdm? FWIW gnome shell and kde both work out of the box on wayland. And last, rather than focusing on other peoples problems, why dont you start by identifying your hardware and posting error messages or xorg logs?

Panther gravatar imagePanther ( 2019-01-29 11:11:28 -0500 )edit

What desktop environment are you using and why are you using starts rather than gdm? FWIW gnome shell and kde both work out of the box on wayland. And last, rather than focusing on other peoples problems, why dont you start by identifying your hardware and posting error messages or xorg logs?

Panther gravatar imagePanther ( 2019-01-29 11:11:54 -0500 )edit

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