Re: Which to choose FC1 or FC2

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Mark Eggers wrote:

I have the subject problem,which both have their problems namely:

FC1/ I have a GeForce fx 5700 video card,it's not detected/supported
so I get the Vesa driver and so no mplayer and the like.

You should be able to get the NVidia drivers from the NVidia site, build
it, install it, and be happy with Fedora Core 1.  I had this working on
all the Fedora 1 kernels.

I have not tried the nVidia drivers yet but did try Livna's rpm which locked up my box.

The download link is here:

Please note that this will NOT work with unmodified Fedora Core 2
kernels due to a change in kernel stack size.  There have been numerous
threads concerning this both on this mailing list as well as on the
NVidia forums.

This is not just a Fedora Core 2 issue.  Fedora Core 2 gets the arrow in
the back first since it's the first distribution (AFAIK) that has ONLY
4K stacks.  It's the price of being at the leading edge.

Personally, with the better memory management and performance I will not
go back to an 8K stack.

FC2/ No sound after install/login to KDE,I thought I had it fixed but a
kernel upgrade killed that so silence.

What is your sound card?  Please note that Fedora Core 2 uses ALSA (as
do all 2.6 kernel releases).  You might want to check the following:

SB Audigy emu10k1 : Tried all sorts things - adding alsaconf via cvs-alsa-utils but it failed after a kernel install/reboot.Tried a 2.6.6 stripped out Alsa and CONFIG_REGPARMS then did a cvscompile on alsa cvs download but had compile problems and couldn't finish.Also
tried a script from which has a script 'aabuild'that builds a kernel and alsa complete via cvs (includes installing)

to see if your card / sound chip is supported.

I have two sound cards on this machine. I have hand-compiled the latest alsa modules for both of them and installed them on Fedora Core 2 with no problems. It's just one more step I have to remember when upgrading a kernel (build NVidia drivers - once the 4K stack-compatible driver is available, build the NTFS module, build the ALSA modules).

Also, when going to ALSA, the default is for all channels to be muted. You have to enable the channels by hand the first time. This is done
using either alsamixer (curses interface) or compiling and installing a
Gnome interface to alsamixer such as gnome-alsamixer

You can get an RPM for Fedora Core 2 - see

Did that.

I also do a bit of tweaking to KDE when i have it running.

1) Turn off ARTs since I don't like the delay and don't need the
software mixing.

Do that

2) Use an external player for System notifications, such as aplay

Didn't know that one

Please note that if you do the above two items, the only way to go back to using ARTs and the internal player is to hand-edit the following XML file.


It's a bug.
Thanks nice info

The actual nv driver for Fedora Core 2 is tolerable unless of course you're doing graphics (povray, etc.) or playing games. Sound is nice under Fedora Core 2. Performance is nicer, especially if you run a lot of services as I do.

My personal preference is for Fedora Core 2, and periodically post "are
we there yet" messages to the NVidia forum (which is all we can do since
it's a closed driver).

Please note that there have been some USB and apmc problems with Fedora
Core 2, older motherboard BIOS loads, and the challenge of writing
proper drivers.  Please Google / check the mailing list to see if you're
going to be bit by one of those issues.

I don't seem to get these problems

In short: 1) If your sound card is supported under ALSA - go for FC2 2) If you are going to be bit with apmc or USB issues, stay on FC1

I agree with 1) if I can get Alsa to work If I can get the nVidia drivers into FC1 I just may stay with FC1

Hope this has been of some help

just my two cents . . . .

Thanks Mark,posts like yours make it worthwhile having Fedora and this mailing list.


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