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Gentoo 2007 boot problem.

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Renny

Padawan
Hi guys,

just downloaded the live dvd iso of gentoo 2007 from the official site through a torrent,

Config:- P3 700MHz, Intel 810 chipset, 20GB seagate IDE hdd, 15" samsung moniter, ps2 keyboard and mouse,

Problem is when it comes to loading 'X'(after opengl) the screen goes completely blank and the moniter LED beeps fast,

plz help me out.
 
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Renny

Renny

Padawan
Yea its an out of sync error, bcos when i hit Ctrl+Alt+Backspace, it goes back to bash and again returns to X,

how do i solve it.
 
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Renny

Padawan
I cant bcos the setup immediatly returns to X, im running the live dvd and am trying to install it.
 

ray|raven

Think Zen.
^Ctrl+Alt+F2 should drop you to a console,
you can run xorgconfig or edit xorg.conf manually from there.
 
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Renny

Renny

Padawan
But it detects my video card correctly, and i wanna install Gentoo,

when it switches over to X i get this problem,

after ctrl+alt+f2 how do i proceed with setup? (startx?)
 

ray|raven

Think Zen.
^Using Ctrl+Alt+F2 will drop you to a terminal.
You can edit ur xorg.conf from there using vim.
Remove the resolutions that your monitor is incapable of displaying from it,
which , to me , seems to be the problem why the screen is blank.

Once xorg.conf is edited, you can start X by issuing startx.
If you get a "X is still running" error, kill X manually, or use init 3.

Btw, If you are newbie , i'd suggest against gentoo.
Better try Sabayon, if you're intrested in the gentoo way of doing things.
 
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Renny

Renny

Padawan
Can i kill x using "xkill"? or which command do i use(plz specify in detail),

When it detects my video card(i810) it sets only 3 modes:-
And it even detects my moniter properly,

640x480
800x600
1024x768

But why does it still go out of sync,

and how do i check the livedvd for defects?
 

ray|raven

Think Zen.
^Use init 3 at the console.Should kill X.
And as for the resolutions, perhaps due to monitor size/refresh rate?
Sometimes the monitor is detected incorrectly and wrong refresh rates and other data is given.
Post your xorg.conf along with your config.
And as far as checking for defects goes, you should get one at the boot screen, But i never used gentoo so cant say for sure.
 
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Renny

Renny

Padawan
I made the screen resolution ok by using Ctrl+Alt+'+', without using xorgconfig,

But now when i run the installer(gtk+) it comes to a stage where it installs the portage and gets stuck(not hang), meaning it doesnt proceed at all from there.

Whats the problem now?




And can i install gentoo on a logical ext3 partition(+ logical swap drive)?
 

ray|raven

Think Zen.
Yeah you can install on a logical partition, need not be only a primary one.
And as far as the installer, I have a feeling its trying to use the internet,

Do you have the net configured and working?
 

mehulved

18 Till I Die............
Gentoo installer won't ask for anything from net unless you specify it to do so.
And gentoo doesn't have concept of incremental updates so it contacting anything on internet for updates is out. portage and stage 3 tarball are present on the DVD.
I haven't really used gentoo installer so can't say much.
chroot'ed install - http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-x86-quickinstall.xml
Are you sure you want to install gentoo and especially on that config. If you ever try to compile firefox on it, it will take about 3 days.
 

ray|raven

Think Zen.
^Thanx for the info,I never used gentoo ,so it was just a guess.
Btw, how much time would gentoo take to install on a P4 2.4 with 256 megs of RAM. I'm thinkin of trying it out , if it doesnt take ages.
 
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Renny

Renny

Padawan
Are you sure you want to install gentoo and especially on that config. If you ever try to compile firefox on it, it will take about 3 days.

My config wont be able to handle gentoo?

Will it handle sabayon?

Btw i've given up on gentoo, it keeps hangin and causin too much problems.
 

abhinandh

Proud to be Linux
My config wont be able to handle gentoo?

Will it handle sabayon?

Btw i've given up on gentoo, it keeps hangin and causin too much problems.

a good idea indeed. i too tried to install gentoo long back and the installer would just "stop" not "hang".
after making many futile attempts i finally gave up.:(

but sabayon may not be a good idea on your config.

i'd suggest something lighter like debain or xubuntu or arch.
 
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