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Technical Advisories

General Technical Advisories

Before you do anything ...
In the days of SCSI, serial, and other messy interconnects, the saying used to be, "Check the cables first. It's always the cables." But we have found that with Linux in general, the saying should be revised to, "Check the system clock --it's probably the system clock." An incorrect system clock may cause a myriad of issues, including desktops not coming up clean, applications quitting, and anything that uses code revision to fail.
Installer crashes or fails
Unplug all attached devices, including 3rd party PCI cards, FireWire drives, and USB hubs and accessories before installing. These may cause the install to fail. Following successful installation, it is recommended you re-attach each device one at a time, boot, use "kudzu" to configure the new device if detected and prompted; complete the boot sequence and then halt your machine. Add the next device and repeat this procedure.
If Wicd Network Manager dies after reboot ...
If you modify the Wicd Preferences (ie: select 'Automatically reconnect on connection loss') and then reboot, you may find that Wicd fails to launch, instead presenting you with an error message. This is a known issue with Wicd which will be resolved in the next release. In the mean time, do the following to quickly resolve this issue:
  1. Launch the Terminal (looks like a small, black TV on your iBar
  2. Log in as root:
    sudo bash - [ENTER]
  3. Enter your root passwd (was entered by you when YDL was installed.
  4. nano /etc/wicd/manager-settings.conf [ENTER]
  5. Change 'signal_display_type = False' to 'signal_display_type = 0'
  6. Then Save and Exit the editor:
    CTRL-X [ENTER]
    (y)es to save
    (y)es to exit
  7. You may then quit the Terminal program from the File menu and reboot your computer from the YDL menu.
When you launch Wicd next time, it should just work.
Why can't I watch the YouTube videos?
Due to the use of a proprietary, commercial codec, we are not able to ship Gnash with support for YouTube videos. This codec may be obtained from 3rd party sources.

In the following we share with you an introduction to the life cycle of Yellow Dog Linux as it relates to existing computers, new models, and how you as an end-user can remain in-the-know, your computer updated and supported.

Sony PS3 Specific

Boot Issue with the 80GB and 160GB PS3 Running YDL 6.1 - ISSUE FIXED
We are currently experiencing a YDL boot failure issue with the 80 GB PS3 (model number 98015) and the 160GB PS3 (model number 900006). When attempting to boot into YDL, either via the the Boot Other OS option or via rebooting, a call trace is displayed on the screen, preventing you from logging into YDL. If you are experiencing this issue, update your kernel.
Known Issues with GameOS 2.43, 2.49, 2.50
At this time, it is not recommended to update to GameOS 2.43, 2.49 or 2.50 as the USB drive and wifi capabilities are not functional. In addition, there is an issue with rebooting or shutting down YDL, including booting into the GameOS. As a workaround, you can use the power switch in the back of the PS3.
GameOS updates 2.40 and 2.41
According to Sony's website, "An update to the PS3 system software was released on July 8, 2008. You can use this update to upgrade your system software to version 2.41. This update corrects a problem that prevented a limited number of PS3 systems from starting properly after updating to version 2.40."
Failure to gain proper video settings at install
With the launch of YDL v6.0 for the PS3 on Tuesday, February 5, the Guide to Installation failed note the revised TAB options at the kboot prompt, resulting in non-functional install. Please force reboot your PS3 and follow the revised Guide to Installation has been posted.
Can't get your monitor or TV to work with Linux on a PS3?
  1. Make certain you review the PS3 HOWTOs under Audio/Video. Having read the PS3 HOWTOs, if you have a Component or HDMI cable between your PS3 and your monitor/TV and yet you are presented with a "text-based" (looks like DOS) interface, it is likely you have chosen a video setting in the GameOS that Linux does not like as the video settings in GameOS carry over to Linux.
  2. Return to the GameOS and try various Display settings, starting with the highest possibe and work down.
  3. Enter your root passwd (was entered by you when YDL was installed.
  4. If a setting does not work, your YDL Installer will be presented in "text-mode" (looks likes DOS). If this occurs, power-down the PS3 and return to GameOS to try again.
  5. Continue to try Display settings in GameOS and subsequently boot into the YDL installer until you find a setting that works for both.
  6. Once you have found the perfect combination, complete the installation.

Apple PowerPC Specific

Radeon 9200 with Apple Cinema Display = no go
It appears that the combination of a Radeon 9200 graphics card (found in Mac minis and G4 towers) may not be able to talk to certain Apple Cinema displays, keeping graphical and potentially text modes from working. At this point in time, there is no work-around other than to use a different monitor.
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