Help me troubleshoot this problem

Geoffrey Leach geoff at
Mon Jul 5 22:59:00 UTC 2010

On 07/05/2010 03:28:20 PM, awrobinson-ml at wrote:
> ---- Geoffrey Leach <geoff at> wrote: 
> > On 07/05/2010 01:27:01 PM, awrobinson-ml at wrote:
> > > I am trying to install Fedora on a PC I built. I had Windows XP
> > > running on it for more than a year without any apparent problems.
> Hardware:
> Motherboard: BIOSTAR TFORCE TF520-A2 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 520 MCP ATX 
> Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Brisbane 2.2GHz Socket AM2 65W
> Dual-Core Processor
> Video Card: MSI NX8400GS-TD256E GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 
> Express
> Memory: A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
> Dual Channel
> Memory: A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
> Dual Channel
> (6 GB total)
> Hard drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 
> 3.5"
I wasn't able to discover anyything about Fedora compatibility with  
your Biostar MB, so you might well be in unexplored territory. It 
appears that the hardware compatibility lists for Fedora are no longer 
maintained, alas.

The Nvidia FOSS driver for X (NV) might be a problem for you. I suggest 
you stay at runlevel 3 until your problems are resolved. If R/L 5 
causes you a problem after that, try the proprietary driver. I've found 
that it works well. 

You didn't say where your Fedora came from. Are you sure that it's 

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