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I can't play MP3s!!!!
This is because Fedora Core is completely Free and Open Source software, and will never pay the MP3 patent holder (which shouldn't even be allowed to have that patent...) just to use MP3s by default. If they stuck MP3 support in, they would be a very big target to sue. So, you need a player that does not come with Fedora. I suggest Kaffeine if you have KDE installed. The easiest way to get Kaffeine is to run this command:
WARNING!!! THIS IS ILLEGAL IN SOME PLACES SUCH AS THE USA. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW IF THIS IS ILLEGAL OR NOT IN YOUR LOCATION.
su -c "rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-$(cat /etc/fedora-release|cut -d\ -f4).rpm;" Now run yum install kaffeine

Last, type "exit" to become a normal user again and just enter "kaffeine" to start a media player.
NOTE: The Livna yum repository is not for the PowerPC CPU architecture.

I installed Fedora but it doesn't give me a choice to boot it!

You'll need to download a live CD, such as System Rescue CD and boot it. Now you need to make a directory to mount your Fedora partition:
mkdir /fedora
Next, you need to mount your Fedora partition:
mount -t auto DEVICE /fedora
DEVICE is the device UNIX and UNIX-like kernels like Linux use to access your Fedora partition. If you remember what the /boot partition was when you partitioned your drive(s) when installing Fedora, use that. If you didn't make a /boot partition, use the / (root) partition. If your Fedora partition is on the second partition of the first IDE drive, it would be /dev/hda2. If it was on the third partition of the second drive, it would be /dev/hdb3. If you don't get this there's sure to be a little tutorial explaining it on Google or something.
Now you need to edit GRUB's configuration file (if you mounted a /boot partition, remove the '/boot' part in the filepaths below):
nano /fedora/boot/grub/grub.conf
run_qtinyeditor /fedora/boot/grub/grub.conf
or
vi /fedora/boot/grub/grub.conf
whatever you perfer. (I perfer nano.)
Your grub.conf should look something like:

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
#          root (hd1,0)
#          kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda2
#          initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/hda
default=0
timeout=30
hiddenmenu
splashimage=(hd0,1)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Fedora Core (2.6.11-1.1369_FC4)
   root (hd0,1)
   kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 ro root=/dev/hda2 rhgb quiet
   initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.img
title Windows XP
   rootnoverify (hd0,0)
   chainloader +1

Now, delete the line "hiddenmenu" and change "timeout=NUMBER" to something really big like "timeout=999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999". If you want to boot in text mode, remove "rhgb" from the kernel line. If you want a 1280x1024 command prompt on tty devices, add vga=794 at the end of that line. Now save and exit your editor (Esc :wq on vi, Ctrl+X on nano). Last, reboot with:
init 6
and take the live CD out of your drive. If System Rescue CD hangs at something like "Stopping USB and PCI hotplugging systems...", just manually restart your computer by pressing the power button.

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locked, due to it being a tutorial, anyd errors post in the relevent forum

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