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2013-10-03 19:22:33 -0500 answered a question Problem with 'properly' using xrandr to set screen resolution

I have had better luck using the --auto parm rather than trying specific resolutions, like this:

xrandr --output VGA --auto
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2013-06-14 09:58:32 -0500 answered a question Ethernet port not found when ifconfig command is used
2013-06-13 13:19:26 -0500 commented answer whereis ifconfig on fedora 18 ?

Yea, but it's easier to always use sudo - that way I don't have to think about whether or not I need it. Also, using both sudo and a user's ID with yum creates 2 caches - one under the user's ID and one under sudo's.

2013-06-13 13:15:07 -0500 answered a question Can't log on to new install of fedora 13 with VMworkstation 9

The versions of the host OS vs. the guest OS are not causing your problems. Your version of Fedora is old, but lots of people still use old versions. Whether or not you upgrade is a matter of choice. Also, using 32bit in the guest when the host is 64bit does not matter. For example, my host OS is Fedora 16 64bit, and my guest OS is Windows 7 32bit. I am also using VMware Workstation 9.

2013-06-10 19:03:15 -0500 answered a question Left Windows and trying to learn Fedora 18

Congrats for finding the courage to leave Windows.

Thunderbird is a popular email client, like @sideburns mentioned. I use it for both my Comcast and MSN/Live accounts. It can be customized with add-ins, just like Firefox can.

Here are some links that might help:
Linux Basics
Fedora Linux Essentials
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ
http://www.fedorafaq.org/
http://www.howtoforge.com/howtos/linux/fedora
http://fedoralinuxtipsandtricks.blogspot.com/

2013-06-10 18:46:24 -0500 commented answer Left Windows and trying to learn Fedora 18

Please don't be confused by @sideburns' reply. Gnome, KDE and XFCE refer to the desktop (the graphical part of Linux.)

2013-06-07 20:50:27 -0500 answered a question How can the Fedora 19 be set up to replace Microsoft Windows 7 and 8?

Any Linux installation can delete, and therefore replace, an existing operating system. During the installation process, you will be prompted about where to install the new operating system, and one of the options is to replace the existing operating system.

2013-06-07 14:29:31 -0500 commented answer Unable to Login into Fedora 18 LXDE Live CD

Some ISOs have been customized. That's why some use root with no password, and others go straight to the desktop. It may also depend on the chosen desktop. For example, maybe the KDE version use root, but the Gnome versions go straight to the desktop. All I know is that there are differences between ISOs, so downloading a different ISO may fix the problem.

2013-06-04 22:06:31 -0500 answered a question connecting android phone to F17

Yes, that can be done. I did it recently with a new Samsung Galaxy S3 using Fedora 16. Here's how:

  1. Install DavDrive Lite on the droid
  2. Open DavDrive Lite
  3. Push the button in the middle of the screen to start DavDrive Lite
  4. Open your file navigator in Linux (I used Dolphin)
  5. Connect to webdav://user@10.1.1.1:8888/
  6. In Dolphin, you can save that connection in the Network folder

Change 10.1.1.1 in step 5 to the IP address on the DavDrive Lite screen.

2013-06-04 21:34:34 -0500 answered a question Unable to Login into Fedora 18 LXDE Live CD

The login depends on where you downloaded it from. Some downloads boot right to the desktop, others use root, with no password.

If yours won't log in with root and no password, use the UNetBootin tool to download another copy. That tool downloads a version that boots straight to the desktop.

2013-05-31 09:03:03 -0500 commented answer how to add windows to boot menu

Sorry, but I have more tools in my toolbox than just what is included in Fedora. My answer provided links to grub repair tools that quite possibly could resolve the OP's problem.

As you can tell from my karma, I am not a newbie. If you continue downvoting my answers based on hair-splitting silliness, I will stop participating in this forum. I suggest you find ways to encourage participation instead of discouraging it.

2013-05-31 09:00:30 -0500 answered a question Bash:#: command not found

Perhaps there is a syntax error in /etc/bashrc or ~/.bahsrc

2013-05-30 14:54:59 -0500 answered a question how to add windows to boot menu

A grub repair tool should be able to do that for you. Try boot-repair, SystemRescueCD or Rescatux.

2013-05-29 10:23:49 -0500 answered a question Fedora is better than everything else

It's not better. Fedora is the "test bed" for RedHat, which sometimes makes Fedora unstable. AD integration is done with Samba, which runs on any distro. For stability in a corporate environment, choose RHEL or CentOS.

2013-05-28 11:40:48 -0500 commented answer fedora 18 netinstall fails to boot off usb stick

To each their own. :) I'm glad you found a solution. BTW, many people don't recommend Linux, either, but that doesn't stop me from using it. Personally, I love my YUMI stick. I have several distros on it, several AV tools, and more. When I have the time and inclination to try a different distro for my production box, I'll test drive it with YUMI before I change anything.

2013-05-28 09:21:35 -0500 commented answer How to configure GRUB after dual boot linux only installation?

That's what I get for trying to help. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother. Ignorance is everywhere, and I keep running into it head-on!

2013-05-27 21:06:44 -0500 answered a question fedora 18 netinstall fails to boot off usb stick

You would think that Fedora would be able to create its own boot device. Since it fails the exact same way on another computer, the problem probably isn't caused by the 6-core, boatload-of-memory system. So, try recreating the bootable USB with one of these tools:

UNetBootin makes the process a breeze. However, if you want to multiboot (where you can install multiple OSs onto one USB) then try YUMI.

2013-05-27 20:46:23 -0500 answered a question How to configure GRUB after dual boot linux only installation?

There are several tools that can fix grub. Try boot-repair, SystemRescueCD or Rescatux.

2013-05-27 20:39:02 -0500 answered a question Wifi suddenly turns off (Cannot turn on except restart)

Network Manager (the software that manages both wired and wireless networks) can be replaced by wicd, which may fix your "disconnect" problem. On my XFCE spin, I replaced NM because it does not provide a decent wireless scanner. In NM you have to manually enter the wireless settings. Wicd, on the other hand, autodetects all of the wireless properties - you just have to enter your password. During my own troubleshooting, I found lots of posts that said, "the first thing I do in a new install is remove NM." So,

sudo yum install wicd wicd-common
sudo yum remove NetworkManager

In some versions of wicd, its gui wireless scanner does not appear when you right-click on the tray icon. So I just created a shortcut in my panel that runs "wicd-client -n", and I click that icon when I need to manage my networks.

Note: I'm using F16, and the version of wicd that the F16 package manager installs is buggy - it would not work on my system. I had to d/l the dev version from here.

2013-05-24 07:50:35 -0500 answered a question Is it safe to install Photoshop on a virtual machine running Windows?

He didn't install it "in Linux." He installed it in Windows, which was virtualized by Linux. He still has to boot Windows before he can run Photoshop. One big benefit of using Windows that way is you can run both Windoze and Linux at the same time. I use Windoze in a VM every day because I need it for work. Since I prefer Linux, I do everything I can in Linux (the host OS).

As for being safe, it's as safe as any other method of running Windoze. Since a VM is just a small set of files on the host OS, restoring a broken VM is as easy as restoring a folder from backups.

Here is a screenshot of a Windows VM that is running in Fedora Linux:

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2013-05-23 14:54:31 -0500 commented answer Fedora 18 Design suite not installing properly

There is usually an "install" icon on the desktop that installs Fedora onto the hard drive - double-click that icon to start the installation.

2013-05-22 12:15:34 -0500 answered a question Fedora 18 Design suite not installing properly

The login depends on where you downloaded it from. Some downloads boot right to the desktop, others use root, with no password.

If yours won't log in with root and no password, use the UNetBootin tool to download another copy. That tool downloads a version that boots straight to the desktop.

2013-05-20 10:25:38 -0500 commented answer grub has taken over the usb port

I meant the USB stick that has the password recovery tool may not be bootable. Can you boot from that USB on another computer?

2013-05-16 20:20:34 -0500 answered a question Cannot read fan speeds

Fans can be controlled with the i8k tools (i8kmon, i8kctl, i8kutils). They can read fan speeds, turn individual fans on or off, and more.

2013-05-16 19:35:04 -0500 answered a question Ran out of primary partitions and want to install another system

Another option is to install Windows in a virtual machine (VM). A VM allows you to run one operating system (called the guest) in another (called the host). VirtualBox is a good choice for virtualization, and it's free. By using a VM, you can access both systems (Linux and Windows) at the same time. You just start Windows by double-clicking an icon in Linux.

I use VMware (which is not free) to virtualize Windows on my employer-provided laptop. A screenshot of Windows within Fedora via VMware is attached.

Virtualization Example

2013-05-13 11:11:04 -0500 commented answer grub has taken over the usb port

Perhaps your USB drive is not bootable. Can you boot from that USB on another computer?

2013-05-02 21:51:19 -0500 answered a question Frequent wifi drops in F17

Replacing Network Manager with wicd is a good idea. What happened when you tried? Here are the commands that I used:

sudo yum install wicd wicd-common
sudo yum remove NetworkManager

In some versions of wicd, its gui wireless scanner does not appear when you right-click on the tray icon. So I just created a shortcut in my panel that runs "wicd-client -n", and I click that icon when I need to manage my networks.

Note: I'm using F16, and the version of wicd that the F16 package manager installs is buggy - it would not work on my system. I had to d/l the dev version from here.

2013-04-29 19:15:08 -0500 answered a question Fedora 18 Kde getting stuck while booting after updating to kernel 3.8.9-200

Boot into a console by following these steps: press "e" at the boot menu (the one where you can select different kernel versions), arrow down to the line that starts with "linux", put a 3 at the end of the line, then press F10.

Once you log into the console, change to the log folder:

cd /var/log

Display the logs in date order:

ls -ltr

Now check any recently-modified log, such as messages:

less messages
2013-04-28 11:04:20 -0500 answered a question grub has taken over the usb port

1) Booting from USB may be disabled in the BIOS. Edit the BIOS settings (when your computer first starts up, press F2, F12 or even Escape, depending on your BIOS version.) In the Boot menu, change the allowable boot devices so that USB is included. Then, during the BIOS startup, press a key to bring up the boot menu (F2, F12 or Escape), then select the USB device. That way, it boots from the hard drive normally, and never tries to boot from the USB unless you tell it to with an F-key.

2) Also, check the "allow legacy USB" setting in the BIOS. Some (all?) USB keys cannot boot if legacy is disabled.

2013-04-24 07:54:04 -0500 answered a question Cant start httpd- no acces to my localhost

The DocumentRoot setting in your httpd.conf does not point to the root of your web server - it may be pointing to a directory that does not exist.

2013-04-23 08:40:51 -0500 edited answer Fan on my laptop runs all the time at maximum speed

The fans can be controlled with the i8k tools (i8kmon, i8kctl, i8kutils).

The i8k tools require a kernel module that can be installed with the following command. Put that in one of your startup scripts so it runs at every boot.

sudo /usr/sbin/modprobe i8k force=1

When you don't know how to use a Linux command, use the man command to see the manual for that command. The following came from running man i8ctl in a console.

The fan command can accept two optional parameters which specify the new fan state for left and right fans. The state parameter can be:

0  turn the fan off
1  set low speed
2  set high speed
-  don't change the state of this fan

For example the command:

$ i8kctl fan - 2

sets the right fan to high speed and leaves the left unchanged.

EDIT: i8kctl is used to manually set the fan speeds. i8kmon (which is installed by i8kutils) monitors the temperatures, and automatically changes the fan speeds.

man i8kmon


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2013-04-22 07:22:01 -0500 commented answer Screen blinks on boot, no display comes up

Something is getting logged during those failed attempts. The key is getting to those logs. Boot with the LiveCD, open a console, mount the hard drive, then navigate to the log in the mounted folder.

2013-04-22 07:15:21 -0500 commented answer problem with user password in fedora 10

"Updates" doesn't have to mean Fedora itself. Just installing a buggy application can cause the symptoms that the OP sees.

2013-04-21 21:45:01 -0500 commented question Flash audio streams do not work on my Fedora 18.

For me, sound plays from those links using Firefox 18 on Fedora 16. Not sure if that helps troubleshoot, but at least you know the sound can work in Fedora.