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Ok, heres the situation. Linux (meaning Fedora Core 5) is installed perfectly fine on my desktop (an old Dell Dimension) and it works fine but when I install it on my laptop (an HP Pavilion dv6110us) it has all sorts of problems. From vanishing mice, to just not booting at all. After looking around for a while, I saw where I could solve the mouse problem by booting to runlevel 3 and then starting the x server there, but this didn't address the problem of it freezing during bootup at times. I downloaded and installed FC6 but it had the same problems that FC5 had so eventually, after trying several other distributions, I found FOX desktop which seems to always boot and operate properly except for the sound card and wireless NIC thing.

 

This is where I'm at now. It appears that Fox is based on FC4, so I assume that the problem with the drivers is that it uses an outdated kernel. My question now now are:

 

1. How does one check to see what version of the Linux Kernel is being used with his distribution?

2. How does one download and upgrade to the most recent one? I may be able to handle the download part, but upgrading the kernel on my own is way beyond my abilities at this point I believe.

3. If I upgrade the kernel to...say the kernel that FC6 uses, should I expect Fox to behave in the same way that FC5 and 6 did in that it'd pick up the habit of booting only if it feels generous?

 

Another reason for wanting to upgrade the kernel, though I'm not sure if this actually has anything to do with it, is that when trying the firefox installation instructions that was given by hybrid, it wouldn't work in Fox but later after I tried it in FC5 on my desktop, it worked perfectly. Any help would be appreciated, even if it was with the previous problem of FC not booting at times.

 

-ZackaryNix52

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1. How does one check to see what version of the Linux Kernel is being used with his distribution?

2. How does one download and upgrade to the most recent one? I may be able to handle the download part, but upgrading the kernel on my own is way beyond my abilities at this point I believe.

3. If I upgrade the kernel to...say the kernel that FC6 uses, should I expect Fox to behave in the same way that FC5 and 6 did in that it'd pick up the habit of booting only if it feels generous?

 

1. try

uname -a

 

see sample

[anyweb@www ~]$ uname -a

Linux www.linux-noob.com 2.6.18-1.2257.fc5smp #1 SMP Fri Dec 15 16:33:51 EST 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

 

2.

yum update

(as root)

 

3. you can update FCR5 to FCR6 by updating the yum repos or by inserting the first cd and choosing to 'upgrade' the distro

 

cheers

anyweb

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