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Installing and configuring Fedora Core 5 on COMPAQ Presario 915US

    System information:

    CPU: AMD Athlon(TM) XP 1800+

    RAM: 256Mb + 256Mb

    HD: 40Gb


    GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon U1


    SOUND: Ali M5451

    ETHERNET: Realtek, RTL-8139

    MODEM: Connexant HSF 56k HSFi modem

    PCMCIA: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC

    USB: 1.1

    LPT: 1x

    PS2: 1x

    S-Video: 1x

    WIFI: PLANET WL-U356 (ZyDAS chipset)

    SCANER: Mustek Scan Express 1200UB Plus


    Cable modem THOMSON TCM 420 (digital broadband: 1024/256kB)

    Wireless Router Netgear MR814 v2


    I install only minimum system with basic X window programs and KDE (if you have wide band web access, don't waste time for programs that have to be downloaded from repositories. For most up to date updates use YUM control).

    What we need at fist:

    X window



    Administration tools

    System tools

    Windows File Server (samba)

    kernel source for installation ob bin programs

    Development libraries

    Development tools

    Hardware support

    Legacy Software support

    other as required

    Post installation:

    Make user account to work in linux safely.

    SELinux I don't prefer (too many troubles with program running)

    Almost all works fine.

    Status after first run:

    ext3 partitions OK

    swap OK

    NTFS partitions Need to setup


    see page: http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-fc5.html#ntfs


    Sound card OK

    MIC Not tested jet

    Head phones OK

    Video card OK

    S-video Not tested jet

    External monitor (LCD TV) OK

    USB 1.1 OK

    USB Optical mouse OK


    Touch pad OK

    Touch pad nav button Only UP and Down scroll, without L/R scroll

    Keyboard OK (US and Slovene)

    Power management Need to setup


    Control Center -> Power Control -> Laptop Battery -> ACPI config -> click button Setup Helper Application OK

    LAN (eth0) OK

    Wifi (wlan0) Need to setup


    • Make sure you have your kernel sources in /usr/src/kernels

    • Make sure your kernel is compiled with wireless extensions (CONFIG_NET_WIRELESS) and USB support

    • Make sure iwconfig is installed

    • untar, make, make install

    • modprobe -v zd1211

    • lsmod - you should see zd1211 loaded (see dmesg otherwise)

    • ifconfig wlan0 up (iwconfig will not work otherwise)

    • iwconfig wlan0 essid your essid

    • dhclient wlan0

      Caution! All commands (untar excluded) must be executed under root (su statement under normal user is not effective enough so try to login under tty1 as root and run all these commands)

    • For my configuration I wrote a small script,


    # Bringing WIFI for HOSTANET up


    # For ZYDAS 1211 products


    # Made by HOSTA


    # Email: andrej.hostnik@gmail.com


    # START of Script

    echo ' '

    echo 'Starting WIFI device for HOSTANET'

    echo 'Made by HOSTA'

    echo 'This script will execute: wlan0 up, set ESSID for HOSTA-NET, start dhclient'

    echo ' '

    ifconfig wlan0 up

    echo ' '

    echo 'wlan0 up Done'

    echo ' '

    iwconfig wlan0 essid HOSTA-NET

    echo ' '

    echo 'wlan0 essid HOSTA-NET set Done'

    echo ' '

    dhclient wlan0

    echo ' '

    echo 'dhclient wlan0 started Done'

    echo ' '



    # Tested on FC4

    # Last Date of Changes: 20060409

    # i. update: add 1. line

    # ii. update: add echo visual massages

    # iii. update: OK to Done, add additional formating with echo

    and name it wifi after that make it executable under root ([root@hosta-net ~]#chmod 700 wifi) and put it on /root directory.

    On every startup login as user and on tty1 as root and there run .[root@hosta-net ~]#./wifi and then go back on tty7 to work under user.


    HOSTA-NET is my ESSID to access Netgear router

    Modem Need to setup


    Download free driver from http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/hsf/full/downloads-fc5-i686.php ; download appropriate; extract (with ark); you get LICENCE and RPM file;

    Then execute RPM command:

    [root@hosta-net download]# rpm -ihv hsfmodem-

    warning: hsfmodem- Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 5dfbf7dc

    Preparing... ########################################### [100%]

    1:hsfmodem ########################################### [100%]

    Conexant HSF softmodem driver, version

    If you need license keys, assistance or more information, please go to:


    When reporting a problem for the first time, please send

    us the file generated by "hsfconfig --dumpdiag".

    Pre-built driver modules that seem compatible with your system were found under


    Unable to determine region, defaulting to "USA"

    Setting region for modem unit 0: "USA"

    To change, use "hsfconfig --region" or "AT+GCI=<T35code>"

    The current region can be displayed by entering "ATI9" in a terminal program.

    Note: kernel module snd-via82xx-modem overridden by hsfmc97via

    Note: kernel module snd-intel8x0m overridden by hsfmc97ich hsfmc97sis

    Note: kernel module snd-atiixp-modem overridden by hsfmc97ati

    Current parameters: ("hsfconfig --info")

    Config for modem unit 0: /dev/ttySHSF0

    Device instance: 0-PCI-14f1:2f00-0e11:8d88

    HW revision : Basic2 2.18 Standard DAA 3VoltsIA

    HW profile name: hsfpcibasic2hsfi

    Registration ID: B575-BA22-230B

    License owner : unknown

    License key : FREE

    License status : FREE (max 14.4kbps data only)

    Current region : USA (T.35 code: 00B5)

    The /dev/modem alias (symlink) points to ttySHSF0

    To enable full 56K modem and FAX functionality, enter your license information

    with "hsfconfig --license".

    License owner and key data must EXACTLY match the information respectively

    provided to and by Linuxant. Otherwise, license status will remain "FREE"!

    [root@hosta-net download]#


    • a free version (limited to 14.4Kbps data), available at no cost. Use it to test if your hardware is compatible.

    • a full version (with 56K and FAX), available for a modest price 19.99$.

    On tty1 as root run [root@hosta-net ]#hsfconfig and follow instructions (change country other leave default)

    Then run Internet -> KPPP (need root password) -> Configure -> Accounts (setup account with Account Wizard)

    Under Modems set up New modem (Name it as you wish and leave all as it stated, sorry check out Wait for dial tone before dialing); Check configuration with Quiery modem.

    Scanner Need to setup


    Go to http://www.meier-geinitz.de/sane/gt68xx-backend/ and download file sbfw.usb for Mustek ScanExpress 1200 UB Plus.


    Check if you have SANE and XSANE installed.

    If not.

    As root:

    [root@hosta-net ]#su

    [root@hosta-net ]#root_pasword

    [root@hosta-net ]#yum install sane* xsane*

    [root@hosta-net ]#scanimage –list-devices

    Result come out as: Mustek BearPaw 1200 CU flatbed scanner (too bad and too wrong)

    Check naxt files:

    etc/sane.d/dll.conf check that mustek_usb and gt68xx (and net if you need network access) are uncommented

    etc/sane.d/mustek_usb.conf check that option 1200ub is uncommented

    /etc/sane.d/gt68xx.conf uncomment line (because default is BearPow version)

    # override "mustek-scanexpress-1200-ub-plus"

    Next step:

    [root@hosta-net ]#su

    [root@hosta-net ]#root_password

    [root@hosta-net ]#mkdir /usr/share/sane/gt68xx

    [root@hosta-net ]#cp /home/user_folder/.../sbfw.usb /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/

    [root@hosta-net ]#chmod a+r /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/sbfw.usb

    Thats it now you can run scanner programs like XSANE, KOOKA, GIMP.

    Digital camera Need to setup

    Don't waste your time with Control center -> Peripherals -> Digital Camera. Just leave this alone.

    With yum install nice program for digital cameras named digiKam.

    [root@hosta-net ]#yum install digikam*

    Final Configuration:

    yum update all

    yum install yumex (yum for X)

    To get useful LIVNA repositories follow next steps:

    In terminal run:

    [root@hosta-net ]#rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-5.rpm
    [root@hosta-net ]#rpm --import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY

    Useful programs and packages (install with yumex):

    ntfs support (for read-only access to Windows partitions) You will need every time when you update kernel,

    xine media player (all player the best player for all formats)

    xmms (MP3 player)

    KDE edutainment (Kstars,...

    Stelarum nightsky renderer (Astronomy)

    Celestia space simulator (Astronomy)

    Gimp (Photoshop like program)

    digiKam (for uploading from Digital cameras)

    Kooka (for scanning)

    QCAD (usefull 2D CAD tool)

    BLENDER (3D modeling)

    Firefox Mozila

    OpenOffce.org (all)

    LaTeX editor (for professional publishing)

    LyX-qt (for professional publishing)

    Best links for Fedora Core 5 Configuration:

    Clemson Linux Initiative (Fedora Core 5 T42 Setup)


    Fedora Core 5 Linux Installation Notes


    Fedora Core 5 Tips and Tricks


    Fedora Multimedia Installation HOWTO


    Personal Fedora Core 5 Installation Guide


    Optimal Use of Fonts on Linux


    Sub-Pixel Font Rendering Technology: How It Works



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