Originally Posted by Rexc
Thanks for your response. I will try that, but I am quite tired right now so I will get back with results tomorrow.
Well another day. Hmmm... I am writing this from the now installed Calculate 9.9 distro.
So thanks nobodie because although I am not certain what the problem was (but I guess I should be LOL) without your response I would have been unlikely to continue to persevere.
The answer was that because at the end of the install, I was asked to create a password, I was led to think that it was the password I should log in with. It was not and now that makes sense but I didn't think of it yesterday. Anyway, to confess, on this Gentoo distro the password after install was neither the one I created, nor the one I needed to do the install (no password was needed), but it was log in as guest with password as guest. It was only out of desperation that I decided to try guest as password
So now I feel like a dummy, and well I do tend to just jump in with trial and error efforts the norm and asking or reading a undesired alternative. In fairness to myself, I was really led astray by the fact that I could not see what was really put in as the password which was done in the terminal, and which left me only knowing what I intended to put there, not what was actually put there. And since Parted Magic works great but does screw up the keyboard so that many letters are not even possible, I thought maybe I was getting one keyboard during install, and another at the login.
So I admit it, all feels right, no matter what happens to go wrong, (sometimes at least) when it turns out right in the end.