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Hi, I just did a stage3 (kernel is 2.6.23-r9) install on my acer aspire. When I boot gentoo, it hangs on "Linux interface agpgart v0.101" I have my video aperture is set at 256MB, even though I'm sure that's not the problem; I don't even have X yet at this point. My video card is an ATI Radeon Xpress1100. Any suggestions?
AGP is required only for 3D. It can be disabled if nothing else depends on it. ATI Radeon X1100 is your graphics card, not AGP chip. For instance, one of my computers has ATI graphics but VIA chip on motherboard.
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8377 [KT400/KT600 AGP] Host Bridge
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. A7V8X motherboard
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0
Memory at f8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
Capabilities:  AGP version 3.5
Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2
Kernel driver in use: agpgart-via
Kernel modules: via-agp
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R300 ND [Radeon 9700 Pro] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 0002
Flags: bus master, stepping, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
I/O ports at d800 [size=256]
Memory at df800000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Expansion ROM at effe0000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities:  AGP version 3.0
Capabilities:  Power Management version 2
Kernel driver in use: radeonfb
So your BIOS is the latest? But when you installed you booted up with some other kernel and it worked. So try to find out what's different with your kernel. Otherwise, boot up with initcall_debug option and post for help in the kernel mailing list. They probably are interested in fixing this.