Sunday, January 24, 2010

Making Fedora Core 12 work (cont'd)

Several things did not work in Fedora Core 12 as I wanted so I have had to make several modifications which I described here.  Finally I've got some time to make more fixes:

  1. NVIDIA fast proprietary drivers  I have GeForce GTS 250 and I want to get most of it.  Out-of-the-box driver that comes with FC12 is faster than it used to be but is nowhere near native NVIDIA drivers.  Steps to install (information was pulled from several places):
    1. su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm'
    2. yum update
    3. nano -w /etc/grub.conf and to each kernel line append rdblacklist=nouveau vga=0×31
    4. yum install kmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686 xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.x86_64
    5. reboot
    6. sudo nvidia-settings and fix multiple monitor setup if you use more than a single monitor, save 
  2. Skype 
    1. Install standard Skype rpm for FC10+ from http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/linux/choose/
    2. Install missing 32-bit packages:
      yum install alsa-lib.i686 libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686
    3. Video should work out of the box
  3. Gnome menu: install alacarte to be able to edit system menu
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