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2006-09-06 :: Fedora Core 5 on an eMachines Desktop

So I just finished installing Fedora Core 5 (dual-boot install of both the x86_64 and i386 arches) on an eMachines Athlon-64 desktop and ran into two problems :

  • Ethernet not working : The forcedeth device would get an IP address but then lost it and was unable to re-acquire. And a very similar problem happened when an rtl8139 NIC was installed. Apparently, turning off ACPI in the BIOS fixed both of these ethernet problems.

  • No Cursor in X Windows : This was a simple fix, I just added
    
          Option "HWCursor" "off"
    
    
    to the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file within the "nv" driver section and it now works nicely.