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Ok, I am having problems making Gentoo start gdm when i type startx (something to do with initrc or whatever but I don't know what) and also having gentoo and the nvidia driver (for 3d acceleration) and the glx driver get along and play properly.
I used to run redhat (and i'll never go back) so i'm used the the modules.conf stsuff, but this gentoo thing is waay different and I need juts a bit of help telling me what to do so I can get to a point where i can figure the rest out on my own.
emerging the stuff doesn't seem to work either, although i'm new to emerge system so maybe i'm not doing something right - like editing a config file - afterwards...
Dude, I dont use Nvidia unfortunately. (for you atm that is )
You probably need to be a bit more specific, we know you've got a problem because you've posted! What is it though? emerge problems, like what? have you emerged the portage tree? "emerge rsync" will do that. you need to be root to emerge stuff too. even if your user is in the portage group.
slow downloads / rsyncs? "emerge mirrorselect" A most noble tool, and run "mirrorselect -i" and pick some mirrors close by, and "mirrorselect -r" and pico your local rsync mirror.
What package are you trying to emerge? I assume that the system is up and you have emerged the portage tree. So what's the prob?
I have tried to install the nvidia graphics drivers and the glx drivers by simply downloading them from their respective websites and attempting to install them manually- i.e: for nvidia, you d/l the file and then run sh NVIDIAxxxxx and it installs (can't be running x windows though)
I would then edit the modules.conf and the autoload.d/kernel-2.4 file to add the nvidia module to be loaded... so that I can use my accelerated 3d graphics in x (i like gnome) anyways... if I specify the nvidia driver "nvidia" in my xf86config where you specify the video device for use with the screen and monitor, i get all sorts of strange errors like unable to parse config file, unable to load nvidia kernel, unable to load glx ...
On the flipside, when I try to emerge nvidia-kernel and emerge nvidia-glx everything goes fine, but then when i start x, i don't get the use of my 3d acceleration!
Yes, I run emerge sync like every 2 days.... so that's not the problem (i don't think)
I hope that's clearer... I'm not sure if I've missed anything, but that's what's happening...
Yes, it is at the begining of the file... that part of my XF86config looks like this:
# This loads the DBE extension module.
Load "dbe" # Double buffer extension
# This loads the miscellaneous extensions module, and disables
# initialisation of the XFree86-DGA extension within that module.
Option "omit xfree86-dga" # don't initialise the DGA extension
# This loads the Type1 and FreeType font modules
# This loads the GLX module
# This loads the DRI module
# Load "dri"
Ummm OK. Like I said, I dont use Nvidia, I'm an ATI guy
You might want to go to http://forums.gentoo.org
and have a search there, if no help then signup and post your question there. The dudes there are heaps cool (like they are here!) and are really receptive to your gentooing needs.
before you go though
forget downloading stuff and doing it manually. it's emerge all the way, baby YEAH! if you really really need something thats not in the portage tree ask for it by logging a bug to bugs.gentoo.org. if you don't want to ask for it, then download the source and make your own ebuilds, it's easy.
And just so you know for the future...
The way to check for 3D accel is to type in a terminal.
glxinfo |grep direct
It should return
direct rendering: Yes
But it's obviously not working and you need gentoo specific help. go and forum the gentoo way
Yep... already reposted what i posted here - with clarity .. ;P
Hopefully will get a response soon...
The only other problem I have is this:
In a makefile for a program, I am told that this line is the line to use to compile this echomixer program that I need for my soundcard to work within alsa (don't panic, question here is on how to use the command line)
### Command line to compile Echomixer
# cc -Wall `gtk-config --libs` `gtk-config --cflags` -lasound pci/echoaudio/echomixer.c -o Emixer
So what the hell do I type to make that copmile its thing?
alsa-driver-0.9.6 # cc -Wall `gtk-config --libs` `gtk-config --cflags` -lasound pci/echoaudio/echomixer.c -o Emixer
pci/echoaudio/echomixer.c: In function `OpenControls':
pci/echoaudio/echomixer.c:1185: warning: implicit declaration of function `snd_ctl_elem_info_get_dimension'
pci/echoaudio/echomixer.c: In function `main':
pci/echoaudio/echomixer.c:1280: warning: unused variable `out_wgroup'
/tmp/cc8P34rj.o(.text+0x2a85): In function `OpenControls':
: undefined reference to `snd_ctl_elem_info_get_dimension'
/tmp/cc8P34rj.o(.text+0x2a9d): In function `OpenControls':
: undefined reference to `snd_ctl_elem_info_get_dimension'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status