Currently l use Fedora 8 Werewolf on a 30Gb partition,out of the 160Gb space that came with my new HP Pavilion dv6500 laptop. It now dual boots successfully- offering Windows Vista Premium and Fedora

My Laptop Specifications:

HP Pavilion dv6626us Entertainment Notebook PC
– AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology Processor TL-58 (1.9GHz)
– Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
– 15.4″ (diagonal) WXGA high-definition widescreen (BrightView)
– HP Webcam
– Western Digital 160Gb SATA 5400RPM hard drive
– 6 cell litium ion battery
– Broadcom 802.11b/g wireless LAN
– HP pavilion dv6500us notebook PC family

My Upgrades:
Removed the 1Gb SIMM, replaced it with: 2 x 2Gb for 4Gb total
Windows vista Premium Reports:
Memory available: 3263Mb (due to Nvidia graphics card Geoforce
7150M nForce 630M taking up a max of 287Mb)
Broadcom drive 12/2006 Version
Windows Experience Index Rating 3.0

Heres a link to installing hardware and especially for the wireless nic, as regards ubuntu 7.10

To install the latest Livna repository do this:

$sudo rpm -hiv
$ sudo rpm –import

To install the latest Nvidia drivers do this:

$sudo yum install kmod-nvidia

  • For the HP Pavilion laptop BCM4328 Wifi wireless nic driver under Fedora 8, try this link.
  • For the HP Pavilion laptop wireless nic Intel Pro 3945ABG, try this link
  • For help installing ndiswrapper (support project for wireless network driver for machines running linux without manufacturers support) using yum and livna for Fedora 8 HP Pavilion laptop, try this link


Good source for RPMS for this and other Fedora versions here

Check out also rpmseek

Make sure you install the nVidia driver for linux, this gives better resolution and screen display. The HP dv6625us comes with Nvidia Geoforce Go 7150m graphics with up to 276Mb shared video memory. I have 4Gb installed on my laptop since l use 3d graphics and animation software a lot. I used a 1Gb swap space, and after installing just about everything, gnone,kde,xfce,development stuff, servers l have used up only 7Gb.

How to remove older/unwanted kernel packages with yum in Fedora

[root@localhost ~]# rpm -qa | grep kernel
[root@localhost ~]# rpm -qa | grep kernel | grep 21
[root@localhost ~]# yum remove kernel-devel-2.6.21-1.3194.fc7 kernel-2.6.21-1.3194.fc7
Setting up Remove Process
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package kernel.i686 0:2.6.21-1.3194.fc7 set to be erased
—> Package kernel-devel.i686 0:2.6.21-1.3194.fc7 set to be erased
–> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

Package Arch Version Repository Size
kernel i686 2.6.21-1.3194.fc7 installed 45 M
kernel-devel i686 2.6.21-1.3194.fc7 installed 14 M

Transaction Summary
Install 0 Package(s)
Update 0 Package(s)
Remove 2 Package(s)

Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Erasing : kernel ######################### [1/2]
Erasing : kernel-devel ######################### [2/2]

Removed: kernel.i686 0:2.6.21-1.3194.fc7 kernel-devel.i686 0:2.6.21-1.3194.fc7
[root@localhost ~]#

Currently l use Fedora 7 on my linux partition on my desktop PC as well as my Dell Inspiron 6000. I still havent being able to get Ubuntu Ultimate (UU) 1.5 DvD install and load successfully on my laptop and it also freezes after booting on my PC. Wishlist: – Fedora Ultimate….. Finally got UU to boot on my laptop, checked it out – not so blown away by the pre-loaded s/w, and l still love the default theme, especially the font for Fedora compared to Ubuntu. Still dont know why the Ubuntu default startup requires a “sound/music” alert – l always end up turning it off after Ubuntu installs. Its amazing how many people who visit libraries with their laptops have the Windows default “ta-da” sound still enabled, might need a post on the web explaining how to do this.

Reverted back to my normal work linux distro on my laptops linux partition:

BackTrack 2.0 which is very good my consulting work especially for network testing, penetration and wirelss security testing and such related work.

How to setup your system to dual-boot between Windows XP and Backtrack 2

Below are my steps:

bt ~ # df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 10G 3.4G 6.2G 36% /
/dev/sda1 64G 44G 21G 69% /mnt/sda1
/dev/sda2 10G 3.4G 6.2G 36% /mnt/sda2
bt ~ #

bt ~ # cat /etc/lilo.conf

boot = /dev/sda
timeout = 20
vga = 0x317
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = current
initrd = /boot/splash.initrd
label = bt

Now – edit your lilo.conf using information from previous commands using:

nano /etc/lilo.conf


bt ~ # cat /etc/lilo.conf

boot = /dev/sda
timeout = 1200
vga = 0x317
#linux begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = current
initrd = /boot/splash.initrd
label = BackTrack
#linux ends

#Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda1
label = Windows
table = /dev/sda
#Windows bootable partition config ends

Finally run the lilo command to set the changes you made:bt ~ # lilo
Added BackTrack *
Added Windows

Thats it – simply reboot. Note the label command in lilo.conf doesnt allow long descriptions or spaces , thats why l used the word “Windows” instead of Windows XP Pro
Fedora 7 how to set up guide link here and here also.

Distributions l use include:

  • Fedora
  • Ubuntu
  • CentOS – best for Servers, based on Redhat Enterprise
  • Slackware
  • Damn Small Linux – have this on my 512Mb usb flash drive (you need just 128Mb)
  • Slax
  • BackTrack
  • eCOS RTOS (real time OS) for embedded systems such as FPGA based systems

Useful links include:

Embedded Linux

Linux Firewalls/Routers/Security etc.

Linux Multimedia/Fun & Games: