[PlanetCCRMA] problems with installing fc8

Oded Ben-Tal oded at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Fri Nov 7 06:06:32 PST 2008

Dear All,
I needed a new computer and, foolishly, I decided to get one of the newer 
thinkpads. I got a t400 and installing fedora is proving a nightmare.
Here is what I found so far:
The current install disk can't handle the ati video card. when I put the 
disk the first time it get stuck complaining about 'yenta cardbas...' I 
turn off the computer (manually) and start again this time the ati card is 
ignored (even when I boot back to winXP at this stage it doesn't find the 
ati card) and I'm able to start installing fedora but only in text mode 
(if I try normal install the screen is garbled).
I was able to install but I don't have graphics in the installed version. 
I get get the ati drivers but they require a winterm to install...
I'm also getting problem with fedora accessing the partitions (I created a 
large fat32 partition to be shared between win and linux but fedora seem 
unable to access it.
All this also seems to have disabled the wireless access for the winXP 
side of the machine.
Silly me thought that thinkpads were safe.
Any ideas how to proceed?

Oded Ben-Tal
oded at ccrma.stanford.edu

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