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Fedora Core 3 Tips and Tricks (v1.0)
Last modified: Friday November 9, 2012

This is based on my Fedora Core 2 Tips and Tricks page. Just getting started here, comments welcome. Recent changes are highlighted in yellow. There is also a Fedora Core 4 Tips and Tricks page.

Add support for other repositories

Fedora comes with a ton of software but there are still plenty of packages of interest to most users that are not included for a variety of reasons. This is where you find the MP3 plug-in and a ton of other packages. Yum is now the preferred update format, however the handy RHN icon on the GNOME task bar that I like (but nobody else does) still seems to be tied to the old RHN method using up2date .

Before you add repositories it's probably a good idea to make sure your system is fully updated first. Right now I really like the FreshRpms repository since it works well and seems to have pretty much everything. Unfortunately there are some things that are still only available via Apt so we need to handle that too. First edit your /etc/sysconfig/rhn/sources  and add the following:

# Macromedia Flash plug-in only
apt macromedia http://ruslug.rutgers.edu macromedia/apt/fedora/3 macromedia
Now go to /etc/yum.repos.d  and create a file called freshrpms.repo  containing the following:
name=Red Hat Linux $releasever - $basearch - freshrpms
For security reasons the packages in these repositories are GPG signed to protect their integrity so you'll need to get and install the public keys:
# rpm --import http://freshrpms.net/RPM-GPG-KEY-freshrpms
You can browse the packages available there at http://heidelberg.freshrpms.net//.

Install MP3 Plug-in

Since you've been following along this next step is about as easy as it gets. Just use yum  to automatically install the MP3 plug-ins for XMMS and Rhythmbox like this:
# yum -y install xmms-mp3 gstreamer-plugins-extra-audio libmad libid3tag
The -y  flag is to automatically answer yes to any question. If you want to be able to say no you can ignore that flag.

xmms // and go to Options -> Preferences then choose Audio I/O Plugins. // In that list scroll down and find the MPEG Layer 1/2/3 Placeholder Plugin // and disable it. Then enable the new plug-in you just downloaded which is // listed as MPEG Layer 1/2/3 Player. Now MP3s should play just fine. //

?> While you're there I also recommend the XMMS Status Plug-in found at http://newrpms.sunsite.dk/apt/redhat/en/i386/fc2/RPMS.newrpms/xmms-status-plugin-1.0-2.rhfc2.nr.i386.rpm. Just download it and install it with:

# rpm -ihv xmms-status-plugin-1.0-2.rhfc2.nr.i386.rpm
Then fire up XMMS then with your mouse on the XMMS window hit CTRL-V. Choose General Plugins then click on Enable plugin and hit Configure to customize it to your tastes. From then on you'll have a docked control panel for XMMS.

Install Macromedia Flash/Shockwave plug-in

If you set up the repositories correctly above you should just need to do this:
# up2date flash-plugin
You can get more information about this plug-in at http://ruslug.rutgers.edu/macromedia/site_ru.html. Before the plug-in gets installed you'll need to agree to the terms of the license.

Install DVD player

Currently I find the only DVD player that actually works is the Xine Multimedia Player which is found in the FreshRpms repository so installing it is just this simple:
# yum -y install xine xine-lib xine-skins
This will install the xine DVD/VCD/CD player. Now to get xine to automatically play a DVD upon insertion, go to the Red Hat -> Preferences -> Removable Storage. Make sure DVD Videos is turned on and put in the following for the command:
xine --auto-play --auto-scan dvd

Install MPlayer Media Player

At some point you're probably going to want to play a QuickTime, AVI or ASF file so you'll want the MPlayer media player. Fortunately with the FreshRpms repositories it's also very easy to download and install.
# yum -y install mplayer mplayer-skins mplayer-fonts
This command line will download the whole kit and kaboodle. Restart your web browser after that whole mess is done installing and you'll also have a plug-in for Mozilla so you can play embedded content. I recommend that if you want to play content from a command line that you use the gmplayer  version which will include a skin-able control panel.

The FreshRpms repository doesn't currently have an MPlayer Plug-in but you can download the FC3 version from http://mplayerplug-in.sourceforge.net/download.php then install it:

# rpm -ihv mplayerplug-in-2.75-fc3.i386.rpm
The version number may varry of course. This will install the plug-in to play a wide variety of media within your browser window. While you're at it be sure to configure mplayer to use the ALSA sound system rather than the default. It just works better. Edit the file ~/.mplayer/config and add the following line:

Install RealPlayer 10 Media Player

If you have a better way of installing a Real Medial player please let me know if in the comments section below.

Before you install the play you'll need to make sure the compat-libstdc++ module is installed. Download the RealPlayer10 package from the following location:

Then install the RPM from the command line:
# yum -y install compat-libstdc++
# rpm -ihv RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm
Then whenever you want to view something just use /usr/bin/realplay . Here is a link to a cute test video to make sure it's working for you.

If audio is working but you have a black screen then it's possible your video card doesn't support XVideo. You can turn it off by clicking on Tools  -> Preferences then choose the Hardware tab and disable Use XVideo .

After you've run it the first time and gone through the configuration screens edit the ~/.realplayerrc  file and add the following line in the [helix]  section of the configuration:

For some reason on my system RealPlayer uses the the old and virtually obsolete OSS sound driver. The line above tells it to use the newer ALSA sound driver instead.

Install Java J2RE and Mozilla Plug-in

It's also very handy to have the Java run-time environment available and most importantly a Mozilla plug-in so you can view dynamic content. It's unfortunate that Mozilla will actually crash if you go to a site containing Java and you don't have the plug-in installed.

The best site for the plug-in is the Dag Wieers repository. I would normally recommend just putting it in your up2date sources but I've had problems with conflicting packages. In this case I recommend you just go to the site and download and install just the packages you need. Just go to http://dag.wieers.com/packages/j2re/ and download the latest j2re and mozilla-j2re  packages as appropriate for your system. Then just install them as follows:

# rpm -ihv j2re-1.4.2-8.1.fc2.dag.i586.rpm mozilla-j2re-1.4.2-9.1.fc2.dag.i586.rpm
At the time I wrote this there were no FC3 specific packages but the FC2 packages work just fine.

Install NTFS driver

If you need access to NT file systems you'll probably want to download the Linux ntfs driver. There is a site that maintains pre-built modules for all released Fedora kernels at http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/rpm/fedora3.html. A pre-built ntfs module usually appears just a few days after a new Fedora kernel gets released. Be sure to match your kernel version and processor type. If you're not sure what version you're running do this:
# uname -r -p
For example if you're using the latest kernel (as of this writing) which is 2.6.9-1.667 and the i686 (even if it's an AMD) processor then you will want to download it to a local directory and install it as such:
# rpm -ihv kernel-module-ntfs-2.6.9-1.667-2.1.20-0.fc.1.2.i686.rpm
More detailed instructions on determining which RPM you need can be found at http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/rpm/instructions.html. Once installed the ntfs driver will be a dynamically loadable module and you can mount NT file systems with mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8 /dev/hdXX /mnt .

Install Other Odds and Ends

Many people will find it handy to have MS TrueType fonts available to make sure many websites render correctly. You can download the latest RPM from http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-fc3.shtml#ttf and install it as follows:
# rpm -ihv msttcorefonts-1.3-3.noarch.rpm
And don't forget that if your Linux system is on the Internet 24/7 and has SSH open to the world you might want to take steps to Protect SSH.

Common Glitches

New section where common "glitches" in Fedora Core 3 are documented with their workarounds.

PC Won't Turn Off After Shutdown
The workaround for CPU enumeration with HyperThreading CPUs allows shutdown to work properly. Simply add acpi=ht to the kernel boot line in /etc/grub.conf and reboot.

Turn off the ANNOYING Spatial Nautilus Behavior
I don't know if it's the worst feature of Fedora but it's definitely in the top 5. You can get the old more sane behavior by bringing up Edit -> Preferences then select the Behavior tab. Near the top find the option for Always open in browser windows and make sure it is checked.

If you have additions to this section please use the comments section below.

Other Useful Resources

I've tried to not just copy other people's tips so I've included a list of other people's tips and tricks I've found to be useful. There should be little or no overlap.
The Unofficial #fedora FAQ - Great place that contains a wealth of information about Fedora Core.

Fedora-List Mailing List - The official discussion group for issues with the final releases of the Fedora Core Linux distributions.

Fedora Multimedia Installation HOWTO - I discovered this great resource after I wrote this. This document goes into more detail than mine so it's a great resource.

Performance Tweaking - Make Linux behave more like XP and delay starting services until later to give the appearance of a faster booting system.

Fedora Core 3 Linux Installation Notes - Another great set of installation notes that includes much of what I include here but does include a few things I don't.

Unofficial Fedora Core 2 Guide for Beginners - A very extensive list of how to do various things in Fedora Core 2. Good source for beginners.

Linux.com | Fedora Core 2: Making it work - Here is an article going over a few other suggestions on making Fedora Core 2 work a little better.

Comments From People Like You!
Fedora Core 3 Tips and Tricks
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19-Sep-2007 23:11
Which drivers are not found in the FC3 in your system ?
Try to describe in detail if you want to get a detailed solution of the problem you are facing.

10-Sep-2007 03:51
hi, when im trying to install fedora core 3,it is asking me to select drivers as no drivers are being found in my system.
When i select a driver from the system and trying to install its asking for the driver again and shows error and the system reboots.
Presently im using windows XP and im trying to install on Windows XP.
Please Help Me with this problem.
doug r
27-May-2007 18:04
I recently "installed" grip and because I needed the library, Acrobat Reader.
Now when I click on grip, nothing happens. When I try it in terminal, I get:
grip: error while loading shared libraries: libcurl.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
20-Jan-2007 10:30
I m trying to use yum on FC3 but its not working
You have enabled checking of packages via GPG keys. This is a good thing.
However, you do not have any GPG public keys installed. You need to download
the keys for packages you wish to install and install them.
You can do that by running the command:
   rpm --import public.gpg.key
For more information contact your distribution or package provider.

How to correct it,, command that it says to execute also doesnot work....
i think i have to make somchanges in  a file related to yum.. but i dunno which file is this .. if somebody knows abt this then pls reply.
15-Apr-2006 02:42
I installed FC3 on PIV compaq PC . I have US Robotics PCI Fax modem but have not driver for it . Can any body help me to install the modem .

my email is faisy2@gmail.com

Dennis C.
30-Jul-2005 23:50
P.S.  I did not cp (copy) the files and I did create a symbolic link (ln -s ) to the .so file as described, as without success.  So I really think this is more difficult then it needs to be, but admittedly it may just be me.  Thanks in advance for info./replies.
Dennis C.
30-Jul-2005 23:48
I am trying to get the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to work in Firefox 1.0.6 ((Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.10) Gecko/20050720 Fedora/1.0.6-1.1.fc3 Firefox/1.0.6)).  I tried the "Click Here to Install Plugins" and was deceived by the click "Finish" and restart Firefox to complete the process messages.  Nothing appeared to change, and I even restarted the entire system to see if I missed something.  Next I did the "Manual Install" and followed those instructions TO THE LETTER; still nothing.  What gives?  Adding a simple Plugin shouldn't be this difficult!  IMHO that is where Fedora, or the Linux community at large, will need to make the most progress in order to capture a larger audience/user base.

Also, I wish there were a Fedora (or Linux) configuration analyzer which could "draw a picture" of the installed components, libraries, repositories, and/or whatnot in order to help us (novices) "see" what is wrong with our setups.  It shouldn't be that difficult for someone to create such a "tool" or recommend it as a "must have" feature for future releases, but I won't hold my breath seeing as Microsoft doesn't have such a tool either!  (I always found their Caution/Attention and Dead/Not Responding Control Panel symbols to be only marginally helpful.  Sorry, I don't mean to whine.

~ Dennis C. in Nevada
25-Jun-2005 01:13
I am new to Linux and I am trying to access the internet with my Modem.
I have a siemens speedstream 4200 modem, it can be connected by an ethernet card or usb,I am having trouble connecting with usb using Fedore core 3, windows has no problems however I have drivers for them but not for Fedora, could anyone help.
02-Jun-2005 15:21
In response to George, your post is incoherent. It's not clear what kind of problem you're having. What do you mean that you "can't get grub to work"? Grub should go in the MBR of your 250G drive, most likely. You haven't made your partition scheme very clear. Furthermore, you DUAL boot 2 OS's, and you can't REBUILD WINDOWS because it's not open source, I assume you mean either REBOOT or REINSTALL.
18-May-2005 23:07
Well, I have a question .. it has to do with Duel Booting windows XP and fedora core 3 on a Sata Drive..  I have to keep windows running on this pc for Work use (yuk).
my main drive is partition is 50 gigs  of a 250 gig drive .. I installed a 20 Gig IDE  just for fedora. I have no problems installing on the 20gig but then I can not find a way to get grub to work.  I also  created a  19 gig partition on my main sata drive in front of windows, that still did not work.
So after rebuilding  windows again for hmmmm 9th time lol. I am back to  fedora on my 20 ide master. Is there something I am missing ? Thank you
11-May-2005 15:46
Thank you for the tip about getting nautilus to always open as a browser...that was the one annoyance that kept me from completely switching to Gnome.  :)
02-May-2005 09:19
Great site and thanks.  Alot of useful information for us linux "n00bs".
28-Apr-2005 18:51
This page has been EXTREMELY helpful!  Thanks so much!
Greg Newman
28-Apr-2005 05:51
This looks like some valuable information... Thanks for the resource!!
27-Apr-2005 13:46
FOund that Freshrpms is playing up try this alternative base URL for the freshrepm.repo file:

26-Apr-2005 05:02
Are you using yum?
12-Apr-2005 22:58
Has anyone had the following problem trying to update the latest FC3. If so do you know how to fix it? Any help greatly appreciated.

Unresolvable chain of dependencies:
libtool-1.5.6-4.FC3.1                    requires gcc = 3.4.2
01-Apr-2005 00:48

Arnab Bhaumik
31-Mar-2005 07:39
thank u for supporting fedora core 3 users. i just installed mp3 plugin for xmms according your procedure.
28-Mar-2005 17:52
Just wanted to say "thank you!". This helped me setting up stuff in no time.
Mark Starr
22-Mar-2005 15:10
Thank you very much.  Following your list I was able to install all of these wonderful packages.  Keep up the good work!  Your help is appreciated. *
20-Mar-2005 01:53
To titfuk & shantesh: you are trying to install the mp3-plugin from the official fedora packages (base and updates) which don't contain this plugin. enable the freshrpms repository as described above and then run the yum command again. good luck!
18-Mar-2005 12:23
I need help! I see somebody already posted this comment, but I dont see any response (maybe it was emailed or something). Anyway I have Fedora Core 3 installed on about 5 machines right now and I have a lot of inconsistencies when installing plugins, the mp3 plugin particularly. On 3 of my boxes, the plugin installs with ease, on the other 2 I got this response:
[root@ xxxxxxxxxxxx]# yum -y install xmms-mp3 gstreamer-plugins-extra-audio libmad libid3tag
Setting up Install Process
Setting up Repos
base                      100% |=========================| 1.1 kB    00:00
updates-released          100% |=========================|  951 B    00:00
yjl-packages              100% |=========================| 1.1 kB    00:00
Reading repository metadata in from local files
base      : ################################################## 2622/2622
updates-re: ################################################## 719/719
yjl-packag: ################################################## 57/57
No Match for argument: xmms-mp3
No Match for argument: gstreamer-plugins-extra-audio
No Match for argument: libmad
No Match for argument: libid3tag
Nothing to do
Is it just me, or is there an alternate way to solve this problem?
Thanks in advance.
Email me please.
Shantesh Pinge
17-Mar-2005 11:56
I followed the procedure mentioned above...but I couldn't get that mp3 thing to work for me.

[root@shantesh shantesh]# yum -y install xmms-mp3 gstreamer-plugins-extra-audio libmad libid3tag
Setting up Install Process
Setting up Repo:  base
repomd.xml                100% |=========================| 1.1 kB    00:00
Setting up Repo:  updates-released
repomd.xml                100% |=========================|  951 B    00:00
Reading repository metadata in from local files
primary.xml.gz            100% |=========================| 797 kB    04:26
MD Read   : ################################################## 2623/2623
base      : ################################################## 2622/2622
primary.xml.gz            100% |=========================| 294 kB    01:25
MD Read   : ################################################## 718/718
updates-re: ################################################## 718/718
No Match for argument xmms-mp3
No Match for argument gstreamer-plugins-extra-audio
No Match for argument libmad
No Match for argument libid3tag
Nothing to do

This is what it says...please help..i desperately want my mp3s to play in fedora...Thanks in advance.
ps : u can email me the solution to this prob...shantesh84@gmail.com
01-Mar-2005 17:48
add to last comment.  i found out up2date works in terminal
01-Mar-2005 08:59
Hello, thank you for this wonderful site.  I am very glad to have my dvd player playing dvds correctly now.  I have one problem though.  Since installing a bunch of updates using up2date, i have not been able to open up some system settings under Desktop in Gnome, also when Gnome starts up, it stops when its starting redhat network and up2date will also no longer start.  One, how do you disable starting redhat network, or at least get it working properly?  Two, why am I not able to start system settings anymore?  Thanks a million.  Chris.
03-Feb-2005 17:06
Here's  GMPlayer tip that I have yet to find anywhere else and I hope more people read this.

I have had the damndest time trying to get some videos to play and I was supposed to have had the correct codec files installed.  Well as it turned out, that wasn't the case.  I, like so many others, prefer to stick with RPM and stay within that framework.  Well apparantly, the codec RPMs (if you can even find them) do not install in a place where GMplayer wants to find them and the binaries I found want them in a place not documented elsewhere.  

First I will tell you how I found where it wants them.  Instead of running the program with a mouse in the GUI, do it from a command line.  Why?  Because you will get to see error messages that scroll by.  So by running gmplayer from the command line I was able to see that it wanted to find a codec file in /usr/lib/win32.  But I read elsewhere that they should be in /usr/lib/codecs and somewhere else still, /usr/local/lib/codecs.  So I put all the codec files in /usr/lib/codecs and then created a simlink (ln -s ...) to /usr/lib/win32.  Now my gmplayer can find the codecs.  Pass it on and may others not have the trouble I did.
Mike Fedora
02-Feb-2005 23:54
Add the package k3b-mp3 if you plan to burn mp3s to audio CD with k3b. Livna has it and it's needed dependencies.
yum install k3b-mp3 should do the trick if livna is in your /etc/yum.conf file.
20-Jan-2005 14:49
You don't have to go to the gconf editor to set the browser behaviour in nautilus. Launch nautilus go to edit -> preferences, click on the Behaviour tab and check the "Always open in browser windows".
As for mixing repositories, according to Dag Wieers it should be safe to use his repo, freshrpms, dries, planetccrma, and newrpms. http://dag.wieers.com/home-made/apt/FAQ.php#D
18-Jan-2005 16:52
Here's a page on using gstreamer and it's frontends like totem and rhythmbox

A handy yum tool I found is called Yum Extender, it can be found at :
18-Jan-2005 00:16
Rhythmbox crashes after trying to play mp3s. To solve this cosmic caper start gstreamer-properties and change the default sink from ALSA to something else like OSS.
16-Jan-2005 20:09
Thanks for the information b/c it has helped me get my DVD to work on my laptop.  This is great, good job and well done.

15-Jan-2005 11:44
Please, i need this excelent document in spanish
can someone help me?
Dennis Roberts
09-Jan-2005 02:56
Thank you for taking the time and creating this page.  I was able to watch DVD's on my Linux box thanks to your easy to follow instructions.
05-Jan-2005 07:29

It's been three months since i started working with linux. Thanks to sites like this one the transition from windows to fedora was made bearable.
There is another site which helped me a great deal:
Please take a look because it solves a lot problems discussed on this site.
05-Jan-2005 04:27
thanks, the freshrpms idea was great! btw, could you possibly change the font style for the comments to something other than 'Courier', just monospace perhaps? it renders horribly in firefox/linux.
03-Jan-2005 12:00
Excellent site. Found it very helpfull.
I have two questions that someone may be able to help me with:

1) Is anyone else having trouble installing the NVidia driver? I am using the following command "yum install kernel-module-nvidia-`uname -r`-1.0.6629".
I am running kernel 2.6.9-1.681 and get an error saying there is no NVidia driver for this kernel. (I am using the "rpm.livna.org" yum repositories.)

2) With all the ACPI advances in the new kernel, does anyone know if it is possible to configure a hard drive to suspend after say 20 minutes idle time?
Aldo Furlan
02-Jan-2005 12:04
Hi Greg. Tried to add FreshRpms but I am not sure it works.
See the file fedora.repo:

name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Base
name=Red Hat Linux $releasever - $basearch - freshrpms


For CD/DVD burnig I am now using under KDE K3B.
I have just bougt a TEAC DVD-R/RW 16x. It did not worked under
win2000 with Cyberlink software (I had to reinsall win2k and with Nero all worked). I did not get any problem under FC3 with K3B software.

I am just coming from installing VLC software for playing DVD and also this software works fine (tryied with Mary Poppins DVD).

Have a greet 2005.

30-Dec-2004 20:13
An update about my Cruzer mini USB memory stick is in order.  It now works, as far as mounting even with haldaemon running.  Occasionally it will not, and when it won't, it won't -- have to reboot to get it to work.
Whether it was the udev update or that combined with others is unclear.
27-Dec-2004 17:40
Thanks to Troy i am able to install my wireless usb. yr help really kewl
25-Dec-2004 12:52

For CD Burning:

Get the latest "cdrecord" rpm and then "xcdroast".  Without any extra setup you get cd burning without scsi emulation or all that other stuff.

xcdroast takes a little getting used to, but it's not too hard to learn and it can do a lot!  The only weird thing is fedora puts it's launcher under "System Tools".
24-Dec-2004 00:25
Greg - I guess you have upgraded from the Toshiba 1115-S103?  Well, good for you.  I am still using the S103.

I thought I would share with you and your readers my ndiswrapper setup.  In my opinion, this is the most "Fedora Friendly" way to use ndiswrapper.  I'm using it with Fedora Core 3 on my S103 with a Linksys WPC54G.

These first steps apply when initially installing ndiswrapper with FC3 (in my case, the kernel was version 2.6.9-1.667).  My driver tarball is located at ~/download/ndiswrapper, and my Windows .inf and .sys files are located at ~/download/ndiswrapper/driver.  If you have a more recent kernel, adjust the kernel version appropriately in the following steps:

   build and install driver:
     cd /tmp/
     tar xvzf ~/download/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapper-0.12.tar.gz
     cd ndiswrapper-0.12/
     make rpm 2>&1 | tee make.rpm.1
     cd ~/download/ndiswrapper/
     mv /usr/src/redhat/SRPMS/ndiswrapper-0.12-1.src.rpm .
     mv /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/ndiswrapper-* .
     rpm -ivh ndiswrapper-kernel-2.6.9-1.667-0.12-1.i386.rpm ndiswrapper-0.12-1.i386.rpm 2>&1 | tee ndiswrapper.1
     ndiswrapper -i driver/lsbcmnds.inf
     ndiswrapper -l
     modprobe ndiswrapper
   configure system:
     echo "\
options ndiswrapper if_name=eth1
alias eth1 ndiswrapper" >> /etc/modprobe.conf
     modprobe ndiswrapper
     "System Settings/Network" utility
       add new "Wireless connection" (via "New" button)
       choose obvious selections and accept defaults
         (except choose "Auto" for SSID and check the "Activate
          device when computer starts" button)
       save settings and exit utility (no 'activate' necessary)
     rmmod ndiswrapper
     service network restart
     - insert card
       should automatically load module start interface, but may
         require an initial 'modprobe ndiswrapper'

At this point, the driver has been installed and is using 'eth1' as the interface for for the card, which is what allows the fedora Network configuration utility to 'see' the interface.  In addition, the system will "boot up on the network" when the wireless card is installed at power-on, and will also automatically bring the wireless interface up if the card is inserted after boot-up.  Finally, this method is an rpm-oriented install which some may prefer (I certainly do).

Unfortunately, as you noted, whenever the kernel is updated we have to build and install another ndiswrapper kernel module.  Since the 'make rpm' performed earlier created a source rpm, the process is simplified:

   rebuild ndiswrapper module
     cd ~/download/ndiswrapper
     rpmbuild --rebuild --target i686-fedora-linux-gnu ndiswrapper-0.12-1.src.rpm 2>&1 | tee ndiswrapper.rebuild.2.6.9-1.681_FC3.1
     mv /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i686/ndiswrapper-* .
     rpm -ivh ndiswrapper-kernel-2.6.9-1.681_FC3-0.12-1.i686.rpm 2>&1 | tee ndiswrapper-kernel.2.6.9-1.681_FC3.1
     service network restart

So, once I have booted a new kernel, I can have my wireless card up and running in about two minutes.  This looks complicated, but it is actually pretty straightforward; I have just tried to spell out every necessary step.  Finally, I have indented the steps above to make things clear, but I don't know if this post will preserve my formatting; also, pay close attention to the line breaks (it might help to maximize your browser window).
Fedora User
14-Dec-2004 06:32
Excellent work on this, very good tips on how to make an already good distribution even better. One thing you might want to include on this FC3 page, which you had on your FC2 page, is the creation of /dev/dvd when installing Xine, by symbolically linking from /dev/hdx. I had to perform this, and then change the permissions on /dev/hdx so that a non-root user could read from the device.

Good work!
13-Dec-2004 17:26
Great resource. Everything worked for me like a charm. I, and I am sure many others, appreciate you sharing your knowledge to allow us all to get our FC3 systems up and running as true desktop machines.

Well done and I hope you keep up the good work with all the new releases of Fedora Core.
Chris McBride
07-Dec-2004 19:11
The following works for me to burn a CD

cdrecord --scanbus
cdrecord -v dev=ATA:1,0,0 -eject -speed=4 image.iso


cdrdao scanbus
cdrdao read-cd --device ATA:1,0,0 --driver generic-mmc image.toc
cdrdao write --device ATA:1,0,0 --driver generic-mmc --speed 4 --eject image.toc


cdrdao read-cd --device ATAPI:1,0,0 --driver generic-mmc image.toc
cdrdao write --device ATAPI:1,0,0 --driver generic-mmc --speed 4 --eject image.toc

Use of ATA is preferred over ATAPI.
Warning: Using ATA Packet interface.
Warning: The related Linux kernel interface code seems to be unmaintained.
Warning: There is absolutely NO DMA, operations thus are slow.


miss /dev/cdrom and /dev/dvd ??
On my system any links I make in /dev/ disappear when I re-boot - so I put it somewhere it can be re-created every boot :)

add to top (approx. line 18) of /etc/rc.sysinit or bottom of /etc/rc.local

# ADD /dev/ LINKS (you will probably need other links depending on your hardware)
ln -s /dev/hdc /dev/cdrom
ln -s /dev/hdd /dev/cdrom1
ln -s /dev/hdd /dev/dvd

Greg Pittman
06-Dec-2004 08:40
Here are some things that could prevent some headaches during and after FC3 install:

1. There is a problem with mediacheck with the 2.6 kernels, that affects media checking and installing.  Typically what will happen is that you burn your FC3 disks, and Disk 1 will pass, the others will fail.  The workaround, documented in fedora-list, is to start the installation with the option 'ide=nodma'.  This should allow your disks to pass, and also prevent a crash during install.

2. I had a problem getting my USB memory stick (Cruzer mini) to mount in FC3, even though it was working fine with the 2.6.9 FC2 kernels.  What worked for me was to use chkconfig to shut off the haldaemon: 'chkconfig --level 345 haldaemon off'. You have to be root for this.  You will need the appropriate line in fstab to be able to mount your memory stick.
06-Dec-2004 05:09
i use X-cdroast on my laptop TP R40 with FC3. The CD-writer is  HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N. It works fine, burnt more then 10 CDs upto now.
Rahul Jawale
05-Dec-2004 01:26
Thanx a lot guys. Good work. Keep it up.
03-Dec-2004 23:48
Thanks for your site it has been nearly 100% responcible for the people I've gotten converted from Windows. Oh and I'm the other person on the planet that likes the up2date icon and wouldn't run without it. Has anyone give a reason for not using it besides not being "133t"?

Personally I've been running up2date with both livna & dag trouble free since FC2 and I found yor site.
02-Dec-2004 09:04
Updating the kernel to 2.6.8 and above fixes any burning issues.  Using the supplied kernel from the up2date sources will resolve this.
28-Nov-2004 17:06
You can add this to
apt fedora-us-stable-fc3 http://download.fedora.us fedora/fedora/3/i386 os

to /etc/sysconfig/rhn/sources

to have access to fc3 apt repository
27-Nov-2004 18:36
great for newbies like me. thanks a lot, particularly for the mp3 tips.
Frank Swasey
25-Nov-2004 06:22
There is a bug in FC3 (bugzilla bug number 132761) that is preventing a lot of machines from actually powering off when shutdown is called.  

Using acpi=ht on a CPU that is not hyperthreading is equivalent to using acpi=off (and can hurt some cpu's according to reports in the bug comments).

Thanks for this guide!  I have bookmarked it and am using it as a checklist to "properly" configure all the FC3 machines I install.
25-Nov-2004 01:21
I just switched from mandrake to fedora had some issues with the mp3 feature missing and some other common problems. I greatly appreciate the help your site offered and was wondering how you would feel about me distributing shell scripts to automate the parts that can be automated. These would be based off your guides and you would recieve acknowledgement. Anyways shoot me an email.

Rick Dean
23-Nov-2004 22:37
Thank you.  Excellent guide.

In the shutdown section "like" should be "line".

In the macromedia apt url "2" should be "3"
22-Nov-2004 14:16
Under the "MP3  Plugin" section, you might add the K3b mp3 plugin:

 yum -y install k3b-mp3

This is useful if you want to create audio CDs from MP3 files. Unfortunately, K3b gives an unhelpful error message if  this package is not installed.

Nice page!
John Hunt
20-Nov-2004 11:59
Fantastic guide, saves me a lot of faffing around!

By the by, you can use totem for DVD playing, although it requires the xinelib, there's a decss rpm and libdvdread rpm out there somewhere, those will be required too. This could be worth adding into the guide. Personally I find all the gnome stuff to be the nicest. If only Rhythmbox wasn't so bad...! Could be worth putting into the guide.
19-Nov-2004 06:39
I found out how to fix that. If you get that error, you need to install the  compat-libstdc++-8- rpm. That did the trick for me.
19-Nov-2004 05:55
I cannot get Real Player to work, when I install it on Fedora Core 3, it installs fine, but when I try to launch from command line, I get the following error:
$ realplay
/usr/local/RealPlayer/realplay.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Any ideas why?
Chris Kiraly
18-Nov-2004 21:58
I'm still having a problem with the xine stuff - the gpg key

How do I fix this?
18-Nov-2004 18:21
Fantastic site, just what the doctor ordered.  I'm not a complete n00b, but I love stuff that just works without too much effort.  Thanks does not say enough.  Keep up the good work!


ps  It might be useful for xine installs if users are added to the disk group.  My install required this for non-root playback of dvds.
17-Nov-2004 17:36
Great site.  You saved me a lot of time.  On installing Xine and the other components, I had problems with the GPG key.  This key seemed to do the trick:

15-Nov-2004 14:37
Absolutely blinding! Thank you very much indeed, keep up the great work!
Philip Van Hoof
14-Nov-2004 10:51
http://mesh.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/linux-ntfs/kernel-module-ntfs-2.6.9-1.667-2.1.20-0.fc.1.2.i686.rpm is not a real mirror, it's a jump-to-page. Therefor it will not work if you use it that way. http://mesh.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/linux-ntfs/kernel-module-ntfs-2.6.9-1.667-2.1.20-0.fc.1.2.i686.rpm would, for example, work but it's possible that these mirrors move.

So for the sake of helping newbie people, I'd change the technical info you provided here to a plain: download it first using your browser and then install it :-)
14-Nov-2004 03:54
Thanks a lot I'm really lost without this guide
love it since fedora core 2
Gary Allen Vollink
12-Nov-2004 12:08
The site above has some good supplimental info, and takes a slightly different approach.  The font install mentioned there is quite useful.

For THIS site, I'd like to mention that that the "-y" argument to yum in the examples above is used inconsitantly.  "-y" answers Yes to any questions (usually, would you like to download dependancies, questions).  It is O.K. to answer yes to these questions.
David Tenser
11-Nov-2004 12:53
Very good resource! Thanks.
10-Nov-2004 11:33
Some more notes with other tips.

Please E-mail Me with any questions, comments or corrections.