I've been mostly happy running FC1, but it had a few problems. One was that it recognized my Optorite CDRW burner as only a CD-ROM, and the other was that it could not mount my ntfs hd. I was told that upgrading to FC5 would solve these problems.
So today I tried to install, but the upgrade procedure did not work. Every time I tried it, it would hang. So, since I hadn't been running FC1 all that long, I didn't have that much to lose, so I tried the full install. Well, that got me up and running, but I couldn't get my modem to work, among other things.
I had to reinstall FC1 just to get back on the internet. My modem is a Creative DE5625, which I've been told is an excellent modem for Linux. Even though FC1 tells me it can't detect it, when I set up my dialer for a generic modem, it works fine. When I try the same procedure with FC5, it tells me it doesn't work because of "error 2" whatever that means.
I'm also a bit perplexed about the user interface. This new version of GNOME that comes with FC5 is very different. What happened to the hardware manager? I don't see the application for installing new hardware or installing software packages. There's a software upgrade on the menu, but it crashes.
I have no clue what's going on here, but I do have a suspicion that my CD drive could be causing problems. It is, in general, somewhat unreliable. Even though it is fairly new, it behaves badly, refusing to open its door, spinning loudly, etc. Could it be that all I need to do is get a better drive?
I would appreciate any insight about this matter. If there is more information I could provide to help with diagnosis, please let me know.