How to install F16 KDE 64 bit on an XPS 17.

linux guy linuxguy123 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 03:39:07 UTC 2012


It recently took me a couple days of messing around to install F16 KDE
64 bit on a Dell XPS 17.

Attempt #1.  I tried installing via the F16 KDE 64 bit live ISO both
via a USB device and from a CDROM.

IIRC, I think it boiled down to a kernel error when trying to boot the
live image.

Attempt #2.  I tried installing via the F16 install DVD.  IIRC, it
went through the entire install process and then threw an error about
not finding a bootable device on the reboot.

Attempt #3.  I was able to successfully install F15 from the F15 KDE
64 bit ISO on a USB device.  I then ran preupgrade.  It ran to
completion, but upon rebooting anacondo hung.

Attempt #4.  I was able to successfully install F16 by upgrading the
F15 KDE 64 bit installation with the F16 64 bit installation DVD.

During the process, I elected the upgrade the existing F15
installation as well as upgrade the boot image.

I'm not sure why this worked and the other methods didn't, but it did.

This was a very frustrating installation/upgrade process.

I hope this helps someone.

Now all I have to do is get nouveau (or the proprietary nVidia driver)
using the GT555 video "card" across several displays.


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