NetworkManager issues with Fedora 15

Fedora 15 works very well on Sony YB (AMD fusion) laptop, including sound, graphics, network, bluetooth.

After updating NetworkManager from:

NetworkManager-0.8.999-2.git20110509.fc15.i686

NetworkManager-gnome-0.8.999-2.git20110509.fc15.i686

NetworkManager-glib-0.8.999-2.git20110509.fc15.i686

to Next update 0.8.999-3:

NetworkManager-0.8.999-3.git20110526.fc15.i686

NetworkManager-gnome-0.8.999-3.git20110526.fc15.i686

NetworkManager-glib-0.8.999-3.git20110526.fc15.i686

Fedora Bug: 708445

it is not effecting all machines, but many people reported that same issue.

you need to download packages (on other machine) and update on effected machine.

Another NetworkManager Crashing issue with same version is Bug 708626

Advertisements

Sony YB with AMD Fusion

Yesterday got a chance to use Sony YB Series laptop, which is using AMD Fusion (AMD Link)  technology with APU (CPU+GPU)

Sony_Vaio_YB_AMD

Specification:

  • AMD Dual-Core Processor E-350 with AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 Discrete-Class Graphics (detailed Benchmark by Notebooknet)
  • 11.6 inch wide (WXGA: 1366×768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)
  • Compact and light weight: 1.46 kg
  • Isolation keyboard for comfortable typing
  • HDMI Output
  • 2 GB (2 GB x 1) DDR3 SDRAM
  • HDD 320 GB (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 Graphics (detailed Benchmark by Notebooknet)
  • Touchpad (Gesture supported)
  •  

     

    Sony_Vaio_YB_AMD_keyboard

    Performance is Good enough to say Powerful netbook and also can be Normal Laptop. with 11.6 inch screen and 1366×768 resolution, it is quite easy to use as Main laptop. Battery life is quite impressive when compare with older AMD Mobile CPU.

    Windows Index score 3.7, lowest with CPU, Graphics (with Aero) 4.1

    SameIndex_1

     

    Detailed Index is below

    Detail_Index

     

    If HDD changed with SSD, then Windows start time and Application start time can be improved

    Linux: I tried Linux Mint 10 and Fedora Rawhide (Live)

    Linux Mint run smooth, but Detected Screen was 1028×800

    Fedora Rawhide detected correct Screens size (1366×768), but not work (due to broken packages in pre-Alpha release)

    Update:

    Fedora 14 – Display works (but @1080×800), bug 675177 reported, wireless works

    Linux Mint installed – Display works properly with Non-Free Driver (from ATI), Wireless works out of Box, Touchpad and Sound is not working (headphone works)

     

    Sony Vaio + Fedora 13 works perfectly – BIOS needs hack

    Finally Sony Vaio Z 13.3 Series problem with Fedora 13 Fixed, but need to hack bios for this, but which Graphics card need to change for Static instead of Dynamic. (laptop has hybrid GPU).

    To work it properly you need to hack BIOS of your laptop as explained HERE. I used following steps, it is easy and state forward, but there is RISK (so please take care).

    Downloads (on Windows machine):

    1) advanced_menu.zip – Script to Convert simple Bios -> Adav

    2) Flashit tool (Download from: http://www.sendspace.com/file/aplu0n)

    3)UNetbootin – Create Bootable disk with freeDos

    4) Portable Python – to run Advance_menu.py script

    Todo:

    1) Install Portable Python on USB Drive

    2) copy Flashit to USB Drive

    3) copy advanced_menu.py to USB Drive -> <PortablePython_1.1_py2.6.1>/App/

    Steps: (NOTE: if get any error anywhere, please don’t go forward and try to ask question in forum here)

    1) Use UNetbootin to Download & install FreeDos (~4MB)

    2) Copy files as said in TODO

    3) Reboot and Boot to ‘Free Dos Live CD’ option

    4) run commands

    $A:>B:

    $B:> flashit.exe dump.rom /g

    5) Reboot your machine in Windows

    6) Copy dump.rom to USBDrive/PortablePython_1.1_py2.6.1/App/

    6) open ‘cmd’ and goto USB’s Portable Python Directory (USB Dirve/PortablePython_1.1_py2.6.1/App)

    7) run command

    python advanced_menu.py dump.rom new.rom

    8) reboot your machine and boot from USB Drive with FreeDOS option

    9) run command as following

    A:>B:

    B:>flashit.exe new.rom /f

    10) Computer will automatically rebooted and press F2 to goto bios

    11) Setting in BIOS is following:

    F2->BIOS->Advanced->Peripheral Config.->VGA Switching Policy: Auto (Change to “Static”).

    Now boot in Fedora, remove ‘nomodeset’ option in kernel at boot time.

    I got 1600×900 resolution with Nvidia 330M (which detected properly), with kernel-2.6.34.5-44.fc13.x86_64

    Few bugs fixed are Nvidia

    Lenovo s10-3 – Bios Update problem…

    While got Lenovo s10-3, it was Intel Atom N475 CPU, 1Ghz DDR3   RAM, with 160GB Hard disk, 10 inches display with 1024×600. It cost 18000INR with Free Mouse, Nettop Bag, 2GB Pen drive, Headphone with speakers.

    Lenovo Ideapad S10-3

    Installed Windows 7 with usb DVD drive, Updated driver, but there was BIOS Update on Driver Page, while updating that, system got rebooted and not booted again. By pressing Power button, only Power LED glow, but nothing on Screen. Went back to dealer, asked about issue. He talked with technical support, and kept netboot with him to send to service Center (that is only solution, if your BIOS get corrupted). Good news was that, same day it got repaired and I am working on it now.

    What Service Center did – Changed Motherboard, because Serial Number on Nettop’s body is old, but BIOS is showing new S/N.

    That is my life, in which BIOS problem occurered, while updating BIOS. So, If you need to update BIOS, please take care, download from Vendors site, read instruction carefully, and Update only if you are facing problems. and Yes Important thing ‘Check if prodcut is under warranty’ otherwise it is just like replace motherbord for Laptop/Desktop.

    Nvidia 330M – No solution Works on Fedora

    Nvidia 330M is not working with following approach.

    – rpmfusion – kmod-nvidia – FAILED NO Display

    – Nvidia Proprietary Driver – FAILED NO Display

    nouveau driver – FAILD No Diplay

    working with developer on Bug.

    How to help: if your GPU/Video Card is not supported (nvidia),

    you can file a bug for ‘nouveau’ and provide ‘Video BIOS’ with

    help from here.

    Current problem: Laptop has ‘Dynamic Hybrid Graphics System’, which switchs between INTEL and NVIDIA, which can’t be disabled from BIOS.

    Ubuntu (10.04) and OpenSUSE (11.3) perhaps not using ‘nouveau’, so get proper resolution (1600×900) instead of 1024×800 (with nouveau), but you can’t read anything easily from screen as display is very poor.

    Fedora on vaio Z-series

    Vaio z-series laptop (model VPCZ126GG Profile) has RAID 0 (hardware raid), which created single partition on 2 SSD Disks.

    If you want to install fedora on that, need to delete RAID, which means delete of whole disk data. If you plan to restore later or install windows, you need to back whole disk (125GB) before touch RAID configuration. (fedora need Boot partition out of RAID and that is somehow trick part (by using pen drive to boot)) and also need to get Windows DVD as Sony Vaio is not provide with this model

    RAID Remove:

    go to BIOS (try Esc or F1 during boot, Adance-> RAID (select Show).

    Now after boot, press Ctrl+i, it will show your RAID Configuration. Select ‘Delete RAID Data’ and Select one disk and repeat for 2nd Disk.

    After removing RAID, your computer is OS Free. Now your system will show two disks with Windows or Linux (with RAID only 1 disk).

    Windows install:

    if need to install windows, then install it first and keep in mind that Windows 7 has no good support for this VAIO model. No Ethernet, no wireless. So you need to know/download driver for Ethernet minimal (so get update from Internet). Download from Sony Site (on Pen drive). All other installation is normal.

    Linux Install:

    Fedora 13 installation is NOT smooth, default option is not working for installation, you need to set ‘nomodeset’ before you hit enter with boot from CD/DVD by press tab.

    after it boot, no GUI installation possible, but text or VNC. if need to configure Disk partition, need to use VNC only (no disk partitioning possible in Text mode).

    do installation. after reboot, you will get text mode as installation was in text mode (with vnc also), you need to set GUI by swap 3-> 5 in /etc/inittab/

    installing kmod-nvidia is not going to help, but drop you in only text model.

    Maximum display resolution you can get 1024×800. Even your monitor can support other (1600×900). Fedora bug for Display

    Touch Pad is NOT working for this model, need to use external mouse. Fedora bug for Touch Pad.

    Overall Linux/Fedora support is bad as Mouse is not totally work, installation is not GUI and display is overall bad till date.

    Nokia N900 has Hindi Support

    Finally Nokia did something good with N900. with latest

    firmware for India (RX-51_2009SE_10.2010.19-1.004_PR_COMBINED_004_ARM),

    it include Hindi Fonts (Mangal.ttf), but wonder why Microsoft’s Non-Free Fonts

    are in Device, when they can use Free/GPL fonts.

    (it is available at $49 here and various other languages also)

    But finally Nokia did something for Indian languages. There is

    no support for input or language selection as Hindi (India – English(UK)),

    but you can surf web and read news in Hindi. Not just Hindi, but

    any Devanagari Script based language, which are supported by qt