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Old 10-26-2004, 11:16 PM   #1
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Boot error (GRUB GENTOO)

Hey guys, this is my first linux install. Used Gentoo (2004.2) and followed the handbook provided by gentoo as closely as I could and as much as i could understand. I thought I was doing well, until I attempted to reboot out of the installer/setup and into the real deal. Grub loaded up fine, I chose 2.4.26-gentoo-r9... some stuff happends and then BLAMO!!!!!!!!

"Determining root device...
The root block device is unspecified or not detected.
Please specify a device to boot, or "shell" for a shell..."

So I attempted typing "/dev/hda1" and I get some crazy thing with flashing lights that basically said DONT DO THAT AGAIN!!!!!!

Anyone know what I can do? I know im a noob, but I would really appreciate some help. Thanks.
Old 10-27-2004, 01:56 AM   #2
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Can you post your boot line. It should look something like this:

title Gentoo
kernel (hd0,0)/bzImage-gen-2.6.7test5 root=/dev/hda6
Your partitions may differ though. Also, did you get fstab file changed correctly? I ask because that was what I did wrong, twice.


Old 10-27-2004, 04:00 PM   #3
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OK, well I then tried booting as /dev/hda3........ and VOILA
So then I get in, I emerge KDE....
And now I get a fatal error. something about not connecting to X server

Any ideas?

Here is the exact message:
"Fatal server error:
Cannot run in framebuffer mode. Please specify busIDs for all framebuffer devices"

Last edited by linuxnoob2287; 10-27-2004 at 04:16 PM.
Old 10-27-2004, 07:03 PM   #4
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May want to read these:

I think basically, you need to configure X. Remember, Gentoo does not do much automatically for you. It lets you control almost everything.

Hope that helps. Post back if not.

Old 10-28-2004, 04:44 AM   #5
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Check out Gentoo's Xorg guide.


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