[Herts] Gentoo !!!

Olli olli at tachibana.co.uk
Sat Nov 8 16:12:02 GMT 2003

On Saturday 08 November 2003 14:22, Nicolas Pike wrote:
> Hi,


I've been using and enjoying Gentoo for a while. I'll try to help, but I may 
not be that accurate.

> Well I decided to have a look at Gentoo and duly downloaded the 2 cd's for
> my p3 500. I worked through the install going for stage 3 although I think
> I was not doing it GRP, that I could have done.. Well after a fair while
> everything was done and time for reboot.
> Reboots and appears to load.. But once the first line or so has been
> written to the screen it is corrupted badly, so badly that it cannot be
> read
 Comes up with the password prompt, which is ok and I can run some
> commands, but not see the output to well! So a few questions!!

Are you using a framebuffer? what graphics card is it? does switching with 
"ctrl + alt + f2" help?

> 1.	I have installed hotplug do I need to emerge any specific modules to
> find my graphics card?

You should only have to emerge additional stuff if you want 3d support from 
some cards.

> 2.	The network does not appear to be working ?

edit "/etc/conf.d/net" (its well commented) then start it with 
"/etc/init.d/net.eth0 start" to make it start up in future do "rc-update add 
net.eth0 default"

Network will also not work if your kernel doesn't have support for your card 
in, if you used genkernel this is unlikely to be the case. If you compiled it 
yourself, double check.

> 3.	Both the above work fine from the Live CD boot
> 4.	At what stage? Can I telnet onto the gentoo box ? Can I do it when it
> has booted from the live CD ? (Just saves switching between PC’s)

I'm unsure, its been so long since I installed this box. As soon as emerge is 
useable, ie after stage 1 you should be able to "emerge ssh" then 
"/etc/init.d/sshd start" and "rc-update add sshd default"

If you want to use telnet the packages are "netkit-telnetd" or "telnet-bsd" 
however both are masked, as its not a good choice.

> 5.	Anything else I should consider ?

for grp installs put binary images from the cd's in 
"/usr/portage/packages/All" then use "emerge -k packagename" to install a 
binary package.

Remember to emerge hdparm and enable dma, it may not be on.

Be carefull with etc-update's auto merge facility.

Good luck and have fun.


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