[Herts] Gentoo Linux

Nicolas Pike herts at lug.org.uk
Sat Nov 8 19:00:16 GMT 2003


Thanks for your reply I have a few more details now

1. The card is a S3 Savage "Number Nine" 1999 Vintage, the PC is a IBM 300GL
I have tried another AGP card but I get much the same result. Ethernet is a
Compaq 10/100 (Intel chipset I think), all work fine with the Live CD Boot.
2. Alt etc makes no difference, It seems to run up OK, as I say I don't
think the network is running but I can log on.
3. I did follow through the install instructions pretty carefully, basically
doing stage 3 then the last GRP part. I had to go back to do the hotplug
bit, as this got left out first time round.
4. Should I need frame buffer, I do not, well to start with at least plan to
use X, as I say the first line or two come up on the screen OK.
5. I used genkernel, straight out of the box. Thanks for the info on SSH it
will reduce flicking between PC's.
6. I will check out edit "/etc/conf.d/net" I did set this up but it is worth
a check for sure.
7. I will have another go from scratch again tomorrow, it is just that it
takes a while !!!

Thanks again for you suggestions, we will get there and I have learnt quite
a bit already!!!!!

-----Original Message-----
From: herts-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk
[mailto:herts-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk]On Behalf Of Olli
Sent: 08 November 2003 16:13
To: herts at mailman.lug.org.uk
Subject: Re: [Herts] Gentoo !!!

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
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
> 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
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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