Sorry for the long absence. I was taken into hospital mid October and am only now starting to feel human again, having had all the tubes removed.
I'd fallen behind with Fedora and tried (without
success) to download the 3.5Gb DVD for FC12. So, on an
impulse, I tried running
program which purports to upgrade the system. It failed
when trying to start X-windows.
Background. Prior to my last upgrade (hardware), I've always gone for two year old graphics cards to ensure the drivers are stable with Linux. This time I installed an Nvidia 9500GT card, in the hope of running such programs as google earth etc. In terms of drivers, I decided to try the commercial driver provided by Nvidia, see Nvidia site. They (Nvidia) don't open source their drivers so it's hard for Fedora to integrate them. As I pointed out previously, this means that each time the kernel is updated, I need to rebuild the driver since it is closely tied into the kernel. Plain hassle. Not good for Nvidia too IMHO, pissing off customers. Anyway, where was I.
I can normally break into the boot up sequence to tag on additional commands to the grub command. I use this to get to run level 3, where I can rebuild the graphics card driver. Not so this time. What to do? After pondering I planned to
Small chance that the kernel and rpms would match, but
I tried it. Yes, it worked. What I'd missed was the manual
intervention. Now, instead of me updating the driver based
on any combination of kernel and driver, the guys at livna
were doing it! All this does is put out of sync a kernel
update and the driver update. I now need to note when I
get a kernel update, boot into the old kernel for a couple
of days until I note a new version of
kmod-nvidia-PAE has been installed. Then I
can revert to the default boot kernel.
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