Fedora Core 5 freezes on Dell Dimension E510

Matt Shields mshields at namemedia.com
Tue Aug 15 09:41:43 EDT 2006

I did a reinstall last night, this time using the x86 binaries instead
of the x86_64.  Someone else told me that the Fedora doesn't have very
good support for 64bit for desktop applications.

Immediately after installing I continued with booting to X, and only
opened up a Terminal screen then updated all available packages
(including kernel).  Then rebooted to the new kernel.  It's now running
the latest x86 kernel and not smp, and it's been running stable for
about 12 hours.  Tonight I'm going to try rebooting and using the smp
kernel and see if it's stable now that the machine is updated to the
latest kernel.

But, my question is what benefit is it buying a new Dual Core desktop if
I can't run 64 bit OS, and I may not be able to use the smp kernel.  Did
I just waste my money?

Matthew Shields
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-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at blu.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at blu.org] On Behalf
Of Jerry Feldman
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 10:38 AM
To: discuss at blu.org
Subject: Re: Fedora Core 5 freezes on Dell Dimension E510

On Monday 14 August 2006 10:30 am, Matt Shields wrote:
> I haven't gotten as far as trying to drop to init3 yet, but that was
> my list.  I've done a couple reinstalls with both the x86 and x86_64
> discs.
> Tonight I'll try patching system (specifically kernel) and installing
> new ATI driver and let you all know tomorrow.
I think you should be able to disable hyperthreading in the BIOS. I
avoid patching the kernel. 
In any case, if you disable hyperthreading and specifically use the 
single-processor kernel then see what happens. Then use the SMP kernel 
(still with hyperthreading disabled) and see what happens. Then, install

the ATI driver if you can keep the system up that long. 

Additionally, have you tried one of the stand-alone distros, such as 
Jerry Feldman <gaf at blu.org>
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